Most Of You Guys Want to Upgrade Your Gadget to Android v 4.0 ice cream sandwich and some are very curious to know about the next version of Android... Here are the Top 11 Features of Upcoming Version of Android v 5.0 Jelly Bean xD.
The next desert from Google for the New Year will be Jelly Bean, the next version of Android. Android 5 is expected to have some game changing features like full chrome browser, file manager, Android 5 lite for fast technology, user interface on/off toggles and better keyboard, power efficiency and theme options. The release date on this new OS is not disclosed yet.
Many of us are excited about getting Android Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 on our Mobiles and Tablets, but what do we want in the next version of the worlds most advanced mobile operating system afterAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? Lets check out at 10 features wed love to see in Android 5 Jelly Bean!
1. Full Chrome browser
The changes made to Android 4.0′s web browser are welcome, bringing in the fancy Android 3.0 tabbed browsing system and support for Chrome’s bookmark sync system. But with phone screens continually ballooning in size, a proper mobile version of Chrome in Android Jelly Bean, complete with bookmarks bar and constantly on-screen tabs, would make sense. Just to make phones and tablets feel more like home.
Yes, the changes to the stock browser in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are welcome, bringing the fancy tabbing from Honeycomb and speed improvements too. Still, we are waiting on the best browser around, Google Chrome, to come fully to Android with no limitations. Other platforms have done this for example: iOS uses Safari, Windows Mobile uses Internet Explorer, so why doesnt Google have Chrome on our beloved Android devices? Heres to hoping we get it in Android 5 Jelly Bean.
2. Give us a File Manager
It’s a bit of a nerdy thing to demand a simple file manager, but it’s something we all need every once in a while, to find something randomly placed on the SD card. Several of the hardware makers put on their own custom managers, and there are third-party apps on the Android Market, but it shouldn’t be something we have to track down or look for.
3. Landscape Home screen on mobile
Seeing as theGalaxy Nexushas such an enormous screen that’s bordering on tablet size anyway, it’d be nice to be able to flip it into landscape mode and use it like a tablet – especially as Android 4.0 is designed to unify phones and tablets.
Traditionally, Android only lets the Home screen switch into landscape mode when using a QWERTY device, with non-QWERTYs only using landscape for apps, games and web. It’s an odd decision. Give us a sideways option in Android Jelly Bean, with a locking toggle so we can go sideways for life.
4. Clear Upgrade Path:
This is perhaps the biggest change we all want to see. Im sure everyone is just as tired as I am of waiting for upgrades to new versions of Android, right? I mean some phones are still on Froyo Android 2.2 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is now announced and will be available soon. Hopefully Google and manufacturers can get this together for Jelly Bean. I dont want to have to wait 8-12 months for my upgrade, and neither does anyone else.
5. Update the text input options
We understand that Google perhaps doesn’t want to step on the toes of the third-party keyboard developers like SwiftKey and Swype, but surely the standard Android keyboard could be updated just a little? The Android 4.0 keyboard doesn’t even include long-pressing to access alternate characters and numbers, which is a simple, obvious, time saving solution that numerous other keyboard apps manage.
The Gingerbread keyboard brought some nice improvements to the default Android keyboard, but with great keyboards like Swype and Swiftkey X my personal favorite Google should be able to bring us a better keyboard. How many of you have a custom keyboard installed?
6. Android Jelly Bean Lite
We’re all for the rapid power surge Android has seen. There’s nothing better than an OS that works like a charm on a dual-core, 500 superphone. But what about the cheaper models with limited CPUs and memory?
A simpler, toned down version of Android Jelly Bean designed to run well on less powerful hardware would be great. Sort of like Windows XP on a netbook. Most of the features, but light enough so that even 80 emergency spare Android phones are fit for purpose.
7. User interface on/off toggles
It’s good that HTC, Sony Ericsson and most of the other big Android makers add their own customisations to Android, helping phones stand out from each other and giving buyers a bit of extra choice. But it’s also good to experience the core Android interface as well.
At the moment, we have to choose, with only a tiny handful of smaller phone makers letting us deactivate their user interfaces and revert to standard Android. We’d like that to become a mandatory feature, so we can all play with the basic Android that sits beneath HTC Sense and the rest of the interfaces. Android 4.0 is beautiful. Let’s see it.
8. Focus on power efficiency and management
Learn from Apple, they have great battery management on the iPhone, while some Android phones cannot even last the entire day on moderate use. Id love to be able to get a good 18 hours off of my phones battery. I know I use my phone for almost everything, and only getting around 10-12 hours isnt enough for me.Yes, battery has improved over the last few major updates but it could still use more improvement.
We’re all totally over using task killers, but it would be good to see some official recognition of the immense power-drain we suffer that has us nursing phones to make them last an entire day. A simple set of power options at boot up, or in the menu, would help.
Being able to manually select a slower, clunkier, low-power mode for keeping essential calling features alive for longer would be useful. We’d sacrifice web browser scrolling speed for an extra 20 minutes of texting time.
Some of the handset makers already do this – HTC packs in quite a few power management tools as part of its Sense UI – but there’s not much support in Google’s own interface. A bit more control than just dimming the brightness and praying would be nice.
9. Theme options
Yes Gingerbread, Honeycomb and now Ice Cream Sandwich all are starting to look beautiful especially when compared to Eclair or Donut but give us options! Not everyone wants it all black with blue highlights, as found in Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Who else would love to use different colors and/or themes without rooting or downloading other applications?
Android 4.0 is pretty and everything, but isn’t white text on a black background all a bit “Geocities” in this day and age? When blown up to tablet resolution, it may just look a little bit empty and dark. Sure, we can add in pretty background images, but it’s not the same.
10. Faster OS
Id like to see Google making the Android OS faster and perhaps lighter, so that we dont need dual-core and quad-core processors in our phones to make Android run fast and smooth. Android is pushing the envelope of mobile technology unlike any other mobile operating system in the world. Currently, Android is a little more sluggish then iOS and WP7, and Id like to see Android blow these competitors out of the water, come Jelly Bean!
Also, for a trip down memory lane, check out the screenshots below that show the huge improvements Android has made over the years, from Android 1.6, to Android 2.1, to Android 2.3, and finally to Android 4.0!
11. Lock screen widgets
It’s lovely what Google has done to the Android 4.0 lock screen (taking ideas from Samsung and HTC…) but it could do so much more. It’d be a massive security risk to have every widget available on the lock screen, but then again, Android is supposed to be about choice.
If we want our missed calls widget on perma-display, it’s our fault if the data’s stolen. The popularity of the many third-party lock screen apps surely indicates there’s a demand to see this in Android Jelly Bean?