New features you'd like to see in Android 5 Key Lime Pie

New features you'd like to see in Android 5 Key Lime Pie
Earlier this week we asked you if there are any specific features that you'd like to see in the next major version of Android, rumored to be named Key Lime Pie. Naturally, creative as always, you've given tons of suggestions for various improvements and optimizations of the most popular mobile operating system in the world.

We wanted to feature some of those that made more sense to us here. Well, we can't promise you that they'll be noticed by Google or anything, but it's a start! At least more people will surely learn about the ways you'd like to see the platform evolve. Let's take a closer look at your ideas!

-  Hey, we, too, are fans of WebOS-style multitasking! Not only does it work really well, but it's extremely fun to use too. We also find the idea of an Android Lite version of the OS for slower phones most intriguing. We're sure that many people find the experience on lower-end handsets lacking, and such kind of optimized version of the platform could remedy this. True, it might bring some more fragmentation to the ecosystem, but manufacturers aren't so strict at updating those models anyway...

-  Good one! Funny or not, no OS is complete without December!

-  Can't see how this could hurt anyone, so why not?

-  Great ideas, in our opinion. The memory manager letting you prioritize apps could really be a useful tool for advanced users. And when it comes to battery improvements, well, how could anyone argue here?

-  True offline maps... yes and yes! With internal storage on phones getting sufficiently big, it would be great if Google decides to build a feature which allows you to download specific areas to your phone (like in Nokia Maps) - much better than the caching solution we have now.



1. StrumerJohn

Posts: 66; Member since: May 18, 2011

How could you not include the comment about Universal Data Sync? Even Google themselves wants you to have Multiple Android Devices now (There's Nexus Tablet's and Phone's being sold in the PlayStore). I don't know about you guys, but it annoys me having inconsistent app data, game saves, etc. (You can use root apps to transfer stuff, but this really should be in the System by now).

8. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I think the idea is pointless. Why would I want to have all the same things on all my devices? The only thing that I would sync would be music, but that is already synced over Google Play Music..... I think is it pointless to have the same apps on my phone and my tablet.... but that's just me.

10. StrumerJohn

Posts: 66; Member since: May 18, 2011

Because things like In-App purchases that save to the DATA do not get transferred over just by re-downloading the app or game. It also saves time setting things up to your personal preferences when you do get a new device or get the app on another owned one. I for one HATE transfering (my saves and files) and setting up my emulators whenever I change ROMS or decide to play on my Tablet. It's all a big hassle and breaks the streamline OS Android has going. I should be able to play a game or open an app on my phone and have the same saves, settings, or whatever on my other phone or tablet without having to have access to a PC to transfer files or App Backups.

28. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

You don't have to have ALL the data/apps to be shared. If this feature was truly implemented, we would most likely be allowed to choose only certain apps to sync, for example games or notes.

16. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

feature to move apps 2 microsd!

19. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

ah and dont forget majel!

4. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

1) offline country maps 2) widget for 2g 3g switching 3) faster reactions 4) better battery optimisation 5) G+ more features like www version has 6) backup the whole settings (xml?) for every app in cloud

22. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

for me to make the sd card as an internal memory is the most important

27. IHateApple

Posts: 122; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

What do you mean?? Kindly Elaborate. P.S. Thank you very much for including my comment Phonearena!!! :D

29. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

We are taking about Android features not Nexus features :-)

5. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Offline navigation on Google Maps, and the only other thing I could ask for in Android is for developers to update their app to support the holo theme, as much as I love Android, I HATE the inconsistencies in the app design, the holo theme is far better than the design Apple is forcing on the apps in their app store, but it is not widely adopted by apps because the most used OS is Gingerbread which can't open apps using Holo theme.

6. Shubham412302

Posts: 570; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

swype ui haha..... but not possible jolla has the patents

7. edgabimbam unregistered

more optimizations, bug fixes, that's all for me.

9. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Amusing to see that many of the features being requested have been available on Nokia handsets for years now. What's even more amusing however, is that certain fanboys still believe Nokia is playing catch-up.

12. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

With what operating system?

15. Shubham412302

Posts: 570; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

symbian bro symbian is a full fleged os with less apps

25. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I got the Nokia N97 running Symbian. The offline map feature is awesome. It allows driving navigation while offline as well. Another great feature is lane guidance. Unfortunately, other than the keyboard, the rest of the phone sucked. Only Opera Mini made it marginally useful. Ditched it half a year later (after I came back from my vacation) and got an Android phone instead. What a remarkable difference it was. Android may be catching up to Nokia with some features, but overall, Android is way ahead in many other ways. It wasn't until Symbian Belle when Nokia seemed to be catching up and then they ditched it for Windows Phone.

11. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Wow. Honestly, I can't actually think of anything to improve on the OS without giving it some serious thought. Google has done a great job! I know there are definitely things they can improve, but it's just not even that easy for me to think of them.

13. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

I liked the recent apps view in android 4... There should be same view for active apps,..

14. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

How about Google actually gets some balls and tell the carriers ie: Verizon to stop adding in apps that no one wants and that also slow down the testing/updating process. Also could i please have stocks widget and the ability to control how many home screens i want instead of being locked at 5.

17. lgcyelit

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

This is really small, but Google Music needs partitions that separate Podcast and audio books from music, it's annoying to shuffle all on music and skip to Charles d**kens after Black eyed just saying

18. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

I would like for developers to catch up to jb first i have a new dna and more than half the apps i had in ics are not in jb What a bummer so key lime pie 5 6 or 7 shouldnt even be considered

20. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

I really like the OS as is, but if be really excited to see a lot of these feature implemented. And probably wouldn't realize how much I needed the features until I actually used them haha .

21. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I would like for Google Now to be able to integrate with third-party apps, buy movie tickets, restaurant reservation, and be a bit more conversational. Plus I would like to see Google add some of the features in the galaxy s3 or note 2 to vanilla android.

23. dinzle

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

A UI store, where OEMS can either sell or offer their UI's to there phones or all and of course they would offer stock android :)

24. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

well something i miss when i use a stock Android device is having a Car Mode. i think this is something that should be baked into the OS. i would also like a nice battery bar widget that goes along with the stock clock widget and btw i really don't like the fat font that's used in the hours on the 4.2 clock so drop that and make it the way it was in the premarket version of 4.2. the rest of the improvements i'm sure they'll make i don't even know i want yet. i'm really happy with 4.1 tbh. xD

30. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

lanscape mode on the home screen. I hate contantly rotating the screen when in and out of apps.

31. spookytj

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

I would love to see profiles stored on the cloud, that could be edited on a computer or a phone so that moving from device to device, you can sign in and your apps and settings are automatically downloaded. This would make it incredibly simple to switch devices, or upgrade to a new device. You could even set up device specific profiles. don't know if this has been said before but htis is my 2 cents

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