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.