Paid wallpapers & lockscreen widgets - 10 old Android features that Google removed over the years

Paid wallpapers & lockscreen widgets - 10 old Android features that Google removed over the years
As Android grows exponentially with every major release, some of its features inevitably perish, making room for alternatives or disappearing completely into the ether. It's the way things go since the dawn of software development, and it's the way things shall remain! To commemorate those Android features that are gone, but not forgotten, we lined up ten pieces of removed functionality spanning almost every version of the operating system we know and love - down to Android v0.9! 

If you have stuck with the robot through the years, we're pretty sure you'll remember some of it. Enjoy the trip down memory lane, and feel free to argue that Ice Cream Sandwich was times better than Lollipop because its browser had pie controls!

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16 Comments

1. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

App Ops... Is there an app that does those features?.. Would be such an helpful app.

4. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

It is called, app ops. Plenty exists, but requires root to put it back. Google should just make good on its promise in 2014 to put "universal data controls" in instead. Some apps like ebay, didn't function right if you denied it location.

7. ericnichols1999

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

XPrivacy you need root and xposed framework

10. finestgq1

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Or LBE Security Master (needs root) Check XDA for the latest English translations.

8. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

If you brave, you can put cyanogenmod on your phone and have the app ops.

2. romeo1

Posts: 807; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

The only one i miss is latitude. It was brilliant never lost eachother until the battery dies -_-

3. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Wait, android doesn't support mass USB storage? In my opinion, that is really lame. I love that feature too. It is so usefull.

5. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Name a modern phone that does :) MTP works almost the same way, except without the downsides (has its own but are workable). Windows will never work natively with F2F or ext4, so it can't use MSC anymore ever.

9. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

The MTP is kind of mass USB storage. Your computer can read the phone drive, but the phone still work and can access the storage.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

MTP is actually better than simple USB connection, below link tell the differences between the three modes. http://www.howtogeek.com/192732/android-usb-connections-explained-mtp-ptp-and-usb-mass-storage/

6. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

menu button habit is killing me while using modern apps

11. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Lattitude was good, I also miss the ability to be able to turn my GPS on/off & Aeroplane mode too, if Google were so bothered about the 'security implications' they could have had it off by default and an 'advanced' menu where you could enable it, and Google took no responsibility for any security issues you might have. PROPER FLOWTEXT would be nice too! you know like... every other browser except Chrome has.

13. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Havent most of these just been replaced by apps?

14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

App Ops (built-into CyanogenMod that came with my OnePlus One), was a major reason I considered giving Android a whirl on the OnePlus One. Stock Android is just one giant spyware, and I'll still be using my jailbroken iPhone if the OnePlus One came with stock Android...

15. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I think Lock screen widget, group contacts, app opps, latitude and the menu button are great features that shouldn't have been deleted. But that is not what Google sees :(

16. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

What about the functioning Google map even without WiFi?

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