The Below Article was written and passed around the rivers of the net and scooped up by the WJD Team. We thought it very neccesary to give the readers a rebuttal and provide a honest and un-distorted reality that was shown by this article. Our answers back will appear in RED below each statement.
Poor Google. Despite its numerous capabilities with smartphones spread across a variety of carriers, Android still struggles to garner the prestige and positive perceptions of iOS 4. Sales continue to rise, but at the end of the day, the average person is still left lusting for an iPhone. Well, here are 10 features that should be added to Android 3.0 that could change the tide.
1. A no-brainer task manager.Google says Android doesn’t need a task manager, that it closes programs efficiently without any user-intervention, substandard apps often suck memory dry. Because of this, Android users are forced to download complicated task-managers, each with its own odd UI, and weigh which one works the best. Google, please fess up to the problem and put something in there a computer novice could use. Something with big buttons would be nice.
This wasn’t photoshopped at all this is the manage applications screen in your android settings area. This will show you what is running and even allow the user to kill it without need of any task killer.
2. Stable MultitaskingSpeaking of crashes, multitasking on Android is a mess. A little optimization here wouldn’t hurt. Better yet, while this may run counter-productive to us power-users, why not release a lite version of Android 3.0 that doesn’t support multitasking? Not every user needs it and lower-end phones would appreciate it
Above is a picture of the task switching box that is in the Froyo build. If you experience any force closing, you are holding it wrong! With all jokes aside, the multitasking is amazing with android. Simply hold down the home button and your last applications you ran are displayed in an icon style dialog box – simple and stable huh
3. SwypeGoogle, your Android keyboard sucks. That’s why the fine folks at Swype Inc developed their product. Sure, some of the newer Android phones like the Droid X are releasing with it built in, but it would be a boon for the OS to come packaged with this software.
The good thing about Android is that it is OPEN SOURCE which means with a little bit of knowledge a user can download a keyboard off of most of the different Android devices and use them within seconds on their own device. For example the new Droid X keyboard supports multi-touch which allows the user to hold down shift while pressing letters. Also Swype and MANY Swype alternatives can be downloaded from the market and or installed from various APK packages floating around the net, another SIMPLE fix!
4. IR- sender supportOn the hardware side of things, an IR-sender support is a “duh.” Imagine a next generation of remotes running on Android. Better yet, how would you like to control your lights and home-entertainment center with your phone without the sometimes-complicated mess of configuring through a network?
I believe the next generation remotes will be far superior to IR. Imagine just bluetooth alone needing no beam and can be used through walls or any obstacles with ease. Manufactures have jumped from iPhone to Android to market software to use home automation and the power of open source will only increase the possibilities of automation when developing.
5. Universal pinch-to-zoomSome apps have it. Some apps don’t. C’mon, this should be standard by now.
This would have to do with 3rd party development. I would like to point out if the user has Sense with 2.1 Android OS they can Pinch Zoom even their home screen
6. FoldersGoogle, you copied iOS’s homescreen UI, why not do it again? Many of users have outgrown their limited pages and would like a way to add some organization to their mobile lives.
Folders, yeah uhmm we had them – they aren’t new… Ill just ignore that one
7. SD-Card support for app-storageIf users are going to download a ton of apps from the Android Market, they need somewhere to put them. Users with rooted phones can already do this, but expandable storage should be standard in app-filled world with insatiable memory lust.
Once Updated to Froyo 2.2 for Android, Apps2SD will do just that. Now if you got your hackers hat on you can get your hands dirty right now over @ XDA and maybe find a way to do it as of now!
8. Built-in syncingIf the Android is going to succeed as a user-friendly platform, it needs to make it easy for people to add their music, photos, and video to their phones. It’s simple Google. Develop some web-based software and launch it as a beta. You do it for everything else…
First off, beta is a great way for user feedback which something. Right now you can sync with various application like DoubleTwist which makes syncing a thing of simplicity and beauty, grab it if you don’t believe me!
9. Standardized UI for all appsI’m all for artistic interpretation, but the reason so many functional apps get low scores is because they work differently than the rest of the OS. Once again, do what Apple did and come up with better UI guidelines.
Picasso didn’t have guidelines when he created art. Having no restriction as a graphic artist is vital. Imagine a phone that is capable of full Open Gl environment compared to a phone that is not. The non Gl phone will keep a lower standard when the Open Gl phone will want the developer to push the limits and provide something more visually enhancing. ZING!
10. Better marketWhy can’t I queue downloads from the web? That would be awesome. How about a better way to navigate the store from my laptop? Despite the thousands of apps the Android Market hosts, it is stuck with the same problems as Apple’s iOS4. More importantly than any of the above, Google needs to innovate here. Change the way mobile markets work Google and you could win this war.
video Courtesy of AndroidCentral.com
App Brain FTW – But if you want to wait, Froyo will provide this… Do you own an Android Device meh lol
So there you have it. We did not post this article to be “know it alls” but to make the end user aware what is real and make believe sprinkled fairy dust BS. Sometimes we have to bite our tongue but this was an easy article to provide a much needed voice for all the Android users out there. In closing, if people like the iPhone or BlackBerry over Android or vice versa then that is good, keep it! If you have any doubt on your investment then you still have time to buy something different Always know the facts from the manufacturers mouth before making decisions on devices!
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