Google is more than likely working on Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, and hopefully they’ll be adding some much needed improvements Do not get me wrong, past firmware upgrades have been outstanding and have often exceeded expectations. Ice Cream Sandwich brought an astonishing UI revamp while Jelly Bean brought better performance with Project Butter. I sincerely hope Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie will bring even more performance changes though. I find myself somewhat jealous of the locked (most of the time) 60 fps (frames per second) that most iOS devices tout. Here is my wishlist for the next Android firmware upgrade, presumably Android 5.0:
Android is an outstanding operating system, but something we can all agree on is that it has its own quirks, just like any other operating system out there. Those who are able to admit that Android has its own shortcomings have probably noticed that the software does not talk properly with the hardware, which is one advantage iOS has over Android. It’s hardly a reason to jump ship and grab a iOS device though. iOS often has its own problems too. The update to Jelly Bean fixed a lot of performance issues, but it would be nice to see that taken a step further. It would be incredible to see the majority of FPS issues taken care of in the next firmware upgrade.
A New UI
I for one, love seeing new UI’s come alongside new firmware updates. It’s a refreshing experience. I loved and still love the UI from Ice Cream Sandwich, but it is time to introduce something new. Granted, a lot of the UI depends on what the manufacturer does with it (e.g. Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and etc).
Better App Management
The current app management system bugs me. I hate that most of the day you have processes or in Android’s case, services, running until the user manually closes them. A great way to conserve battery life would be to have those running services terminated every 10 – 20 minutes or so. That way, there isn’t an app running on your smartphone constantly. As always though, there are some select people who would protest the idea, which is why I think implementing an option to automatically terminate running services in intervals of time would be fantastic instead of forcing it on a user who likes to have their apps minimized or not on the foreground.
These are just a few things that I’d like to see in the next Android version. Albeit while a UI isn’t likely, it’d be extremely nice to see. You could also argue that we already have great app management through the built in application manager. And we do, but there’s no way — to my knowledge — to kill certain apps in intervals, which is what I would like to see in the next version of Android.