It has been a great year for Android users. Google released the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, which brings in a major graphical overhaul, tightened security, and a gamut of features. And that’s really great, but what comes next? Some Android fans united on Reddit to make a wish-list that they want Google and its hardware partners to add to Android devices next year. Some of the features are really interesting, while some are just playing catch up with other operating systems. Let’s see what users want to see on the next iteration of Android. Also Read - Sorry Sony users, no Android Lollipop update for non-Xperia Z smartphones
Double-tap-to-wake: This is something which we have already seen on a range of smartphones. Take the Lumia smartphones, for an instance. All the new Lumia smartphones, including the entry level ones, come with the double-tap-to-wake option, a self-explanatory feature that lets you wake up your device by making double taps on it. While some Android devices already have this feature, it would be great to see it pushed to all devices next year. Also Read - Xolo One updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android One smartphones still await the update
Better battery life: We all saw that coming. Despite packing in less battery, iPhones are able to churn out a couple of extra hours of life on a single charge compared to a vast majority of Android smartphones. Since adding more mAh doesn’t really help and only ends up making the devices bulky, users hope that Android will become more battery efficient. Google’s Project Volta, which comes with a “Battery-saver” mode is a good start, but we need more. Also Read - This is what Android 5.0 Lollipop looks like on the Samsung Galaxy S5
Qi Wireless charging: Again a feature which is available on several smartphones, including a number of Android handsets. The Nexus 5, for example, supports Qi Wireless charging. Another self-explanatory feature lets you charge your handset without pairing it to a wired charger. The feature, despite being fairly handy hasn’t become mainstream yet.
Optical Image Stabilization: This is another feature that has been requested in unison by the group is OIS technology on all flagship Android devices. If you’re spending so much money on a flagship smartphone, you expect it to take good photos in low-light conditions and shaky environment, and OIS can add that to your camera. This feature is already available on several flagship handsets including Galaxy Note 4, and won’t hurt to see every flagship embrace this feature.
Better control over apps permission: We have seen several reports this year where it was found that apps are accessing resources and other personal files that they shouldn’t be. For an example, why does some flashlight apps ask for permission to use Wi-Fi and check phonebook? It doesn’t make any sense. Users want app developers to justify what and why their apps need access to something.
Ditch 16GB storage option from flagship handset: Users are miffed with seeing 16GB storage option on flagship smartphones with a pricetag over $600. Their contention is that 16GB storage space isn’t enough to download all the cool apps and games and movies, and thus, 32GB should be made the minimum tier now.