Jelly Bean has disappointed us: 4 features to look forward to in Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie

Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie

Evolution of Android to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie

 

We love us some Android phones, although for some reason we can’t quite put our finger on how we’ve gained about ten pounds since we bought our first one a few years ago. Someone suggested it might be the dessert-based code names, but we’re not really that suggestible, are we? I mean, we have minds like steel traps. Just because the next version of Android is called Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie (or the K version if you’re part of Google’s brain trust), that doesn’t mean it’s the reason I’ve been eating pie all week… wait. Never mind.

This does broach the sordid topic of how we’d like to see Android improved in Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Android’s an amazing success, but there are always a few things that bother us about it:

1. Video. They put a front-side camera on there to tease us, and then give us very little to do with it. How about a few more built-in apps? Maybe a video chat app, which just seems like common sense when you have a front-side camera. This is Google we’re talking about – the fact that they’re not including a video chat by default is simply insanity.

2. Profiles. People I know who refuse to switch from the iPhone have their reasons, of course, but chief among them for many is the labyrinth of settings Android offers. Changing the phone to a night mode or a movie mode is a lot of box-checking and un-checking. Why isn’t there a simple way to create custom profiles? There ought to be, and we sincerely hope someone at Google is adding this.

3. No Updating. I like to control my devices. You say you have a mega-awesome cool update for the operating system, and I say I want to know what I’m getting into before it clicks into my personal device. I should be able to check a box that keeps my phone at a certain software level no matter what, so I can research updates and make sure they’re appropriate.

4. Admit that Social Media is Here to Stay. Maybe it’s because Google+ is such a ghost town, but Android seems to be in denial about social media. Where are the default apps for the services everyone uses? Just a couple of easy built-in Twitter and Facebook tools would be nice, and I’ll even feel bad about not using Google+ while I use them, too.

Some of these are more likely than others, and you’ll have your own ideas about what ought to be in there. If we see even one of these features in Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, we’ll be excited.

  • ragnok

    Your 4 improvements are skewed when it comes to what the android community wants and i understand where you are coming from but i can only agree to an extent

    1. a native app for front cam video chat may be a good idea or video+call from your phone service would be nice.

    2. profiles, seems like here we part ways i love having all those options and control of my profile and the more the better but i can understand that it may be too much for most users so having a choice in advance and noob should be given.

    3. i like updates and i agree but seriously theres already a setting for that and that i know of few androids devices update with out your aproval and if it does its because you probably forgot to check that lil setting box for. overal the idea is to be inform what you are updating for so when theres and update to your system be it mayor or not the company should also send you a complete specific channel log.

    4 built in apps are the worst specially from cell phone companies not mention its a hasle to get rid of them not everyone wants a fb or twittwer app hard set into ones phone thats crazy, thank god android is what it is today and not another imitation of a bloody iphone. theres already too many useless native apps that consumes space and ram why ask for more?, beause of unremovable crap apps from phone companies i have to resort to modify roms which are awesome in its own right. one mans ideas of a complete awesome phone is anothers guys worst nightmare.

  • Salomon

    1. GTalk or just download an App from the appstore that is compatible with RIM ios and Symbian devices? Why does everybody think that a pre-installed “GOOGLE-APP” would be better than just download my favorite client right out of the appstore?

    2. Profiles are a really good Idea to Save settings for “Video” Presentation” “Work” “outside” “sleeping” like we found it on most old Mobile Phones…

    3.You can uncheck Auto-Updates so you Mobile Phone wont Update itself…whats the problem?

    4.”Where are the default apps for the services everyone uses?” That’s the point… Not EVERYBODY need a Facebook or Twitter app, most people would be pissed if there are 100 more pre-isntalled Apps for things they do not need… Also there are many different Apps for Twitter or Facebook for Example and it’s great that i can choose it by myself which one i want to use. Right after the installation it’s integrated everywhere and i can share photos and whatever I want. It’s a big plus for Android that apps dows not have to come with the device to be integrated in sharing menues…

  • James

    I feel like the reason people prefer iPhone is because it is simple. Android has had issues because it can be confusing to a new user. If there was a simple mode (default) and an advanced mode, it could serve people better.

  • James

    I think the general idea is to make Android as simple as possible by default so it doesn’t scare new users. We can always turn on advanced settings but this way it will be more accessible.

  • Charles Bartley

    Am I the only one who recognizes that Google+ Hangouts is amazing when it comes to video chat? Google+ is integrated all over Jelly Bean, and Hangouts let’s up to nine people chat at the same time. Do the people who write this stuff not even use the devices?

  • SamsungFTW

    It is true that it isn’t really any trouble to download your favorite cross-platform app within a matter of seconds. I think the advantage to having one built in is that it would naturally have the biggest user base as a result of being on the phone already (although I am not sure enough people know that Gtalk does video), thus eliminating the need for most people to download another app. This way everyone is on the same system. Rather than telling your friends “Hey can you download Skype?/ooVoo/Tango” you could simply call them and it would work because everyone with Android would already have it. It would be nice if a standard video app was preinstalled on Android, but available on other operating systems as well to make it available to more people. The point is simply this: the more people using it, the more useful it is, and people are likely to use what is already there unless they have a significant reason not to.

  • SamsungFTW

    I have to disagree with the idea of a video call feature from the phone service. Perhaps this is because I have Verizon, who tends to try to charge ridiculous prices for things you can get elsewhere free and then block the free product so you are forced to use their version. But I do not think it is a good idea to put another free service in the hands of the providers that they may decide they want to charge for.

  • SamsungFTW

    I think that the iPhone is *more* simple, but that is not to say that Android is not. If you want to learn everything Android can do, then yes, that would be quite involved. But if you just want to use the main features of the phone (such as calling, texting, music, video, internet, camera, email) it is incredibly easy, and there is plenty of time to learn how to make it control your Powerpoint presentations and such at your own pace. It would take a long time to learn everything an iPhone could do as well, especially since they have hundreds of thousands of apps that add to the functionality of the device. The basics may be simpler, but anyone who cannot do the basics on an Android should see a doctor.

    I had an Android before I ever used an iPhone and it took me literally five minutes to figure out how to do all the stuff listed above. I may be more technically inclined than some, but it was all common sense. When I used an iPhone, it was over all more intuitive, although there were a few things that made more sense on Android. But it does not validate the “Android is hard to use” argument. If my 60 year old anti-technological mother can operate an Android (which she does very well) then anyone can.

  • Profiles? There’s an app called Llama, It isnt even just simply profiles but if you like you can set it to automatically change profile depending on time, location, day and a whole range of other settings. Either way, it just sits in your top bar, and you can select a profile in one second if you wanted to.

  • agree. if people know how to use apple’s app store, then they know how to find the apps they want on the google play store. -_-.

    smartphones are basically dumbed down computers, so they’re already simple, on an absolute scale. the older generation liking iphone i can understand. but young people who know how to use desktops and laptops already liking iphone over android because of simplicity? i just don’t understand… although i would very much like to.