What do we need from the next version of android?

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Jun 3, 2014 6:39:23 PM via Website

So, with the announcement of new Apple iOS 8 updates people are now thinking about Google's plans.

Over on the Android Reddit page, some users are thinking Apple have upped their game and are narrowing the software gap. They noted new iOS additions like:

  • Action Buttons in notifications
  • Widgets
  • Sharing data across apps
  • Third party keyboards
  • Hey Siri
  • Fingerprint support in apps
  • Metal (10x hardware processing for games)

Do Google need to make some significant changes now to match Apple? What features would you like to see?

Jun 4, 2014 10:50:24 AM via Website

It's horses for courses really. The main reason I switched from iOS was the lack of flexibility and openness compared to Android rather than any particular deficiency in Apple's setup, mainly the dependency on iTunes. Ultimately Apple have added some Android features but have been hamstrung by the iOS ecosystem in regards to making it truly appealing to Android users whether existing or potential. The major mobile OS's (Android, iOS and Windows) will always appear to converge or borrow from one or the other though; being first with an idea doesn't necessarily mean much if it isn't implemented correctly or doesn't appeal to users.

Sinkster

Jun 4, 2014 12:14:30 PM via Website

sinkster

The major mobile OS's (Android, iOS and Windows) will always appear to converge or borrow from one or the other though; being first with an idea doesn't necessarily mean much if it isn't implemented correctly or doesn't appeal to users.

Totally agree.

Jun 13, 2014 10:54:25 AM via Website

Apple will never be as open as Android IMO, being restrictive is at the core of their philosophy. They prevent misuse by inexperienced users but make their devices less appealing to more savvy users.

Jun 13, 2014 1:38:23 PM via Website

Frank Morgan

Apple will never be as open as Android IMO, being restrictive is at the core of their philosophy. They prevent misuse by inexperienced users but make their devices less appealing to more savvy users.

Yup I think that's totally true. More experimentation with a format leads to greater things. Some of the user-generated Android roms are fricken sweet!