Gimme a Break: The Features We Won't See in Android Kit Kat
In light of the blah-fest that will surely be Android 4.4 Kit Kat, we're already looking forward to next year's version of the OS with all the patience of a child on Christmas Eve. We're due for a major version update, and we want it to be something that makes everyone sit up and take notice.
Wed, October 30, 2013
IDG News Service — In light of the blah-fest that will surely be Android 4.4 Kit Kat, we're already looking forward to next year's version of the OS with all the patience of a child on Christmas Eve. We're due for a major version update, and we want it to be something that makes everyone sit up and take notice.
We've taken the time to gather a list of shortcomings that we believe Google could better address in the next version of Android. There's no guarantee Google will tackle any of these issues within the next 12 months, but we hope that at least some of them are on the company's short list.
Google Now with attitude
No matter how you feel about Apple's Siri, you have to admit that its attitude is part of what makes it so endearing--even as it mispronounces your name or fails to answer your question. The voice-search component in Google Now is already magnitudes better than Apple's offering, but Google can crank things up a notch by giving its voice assistant some much-needed personality. Heck, while Google is at it, how about letting us download different voice packs so we can choose who talks back to us? We would definitely pay extra to have Morgan Freeman tell us how to get to our destination.
We swear these aren't live tiles
Google does a great job of presenting information so you get what you need at a glance. Widgets follow that line of thinking, but they are awkwardly shaped and often take up too much valuable space on your home screen.
One solution would be to replace the standard app widgets with cards like the ones you get on Google Now. Not only would Android look better, but also you wouldn't have to dig through your apps to find out the weather or see if any interesting places are nearby. You know, exactly like the live tiles on Windows Phone...except without the Windows Phone part.
Android with special offers
Let's face it: Android devices can be pricey. Even if you buy your phone on contract, usually you're still paying $200 to $300 for a top-of-the-line handset and locked into a two- or even three-year agreement. Android tablets also suffer from hefty price tags, often retailing for $500 or $600. Google could help mitigate the costs by providing a "special offers" version of Android, much as Amazon does with its Kindle devices.