6 things Android needs to be perfect

Android is a great operating system, but there is still work to be done until it is perfect. In this article we talk about the 6 things we miss the most.

I’ve said it a thousand times: Android is great. I wouldn’t be working on a specialized blog on the subject if I didn’t think about it. I’ve thought for years that it’s the mobile platform that best meets my needs, while being philosophically more in tune with my ideas about open source software.

Now, that doesn’t mean that despite singing its virtues to anyone who wants to listen to me, I’m unable to see its faults. There are a few things I’ve seen on other systems that I’d like to see on Android, or things that Google hasn’t yet implemented to finish tweaking the creature. These are the 6 things that I think Android lacks to be perfect.

Cloud sync improvements

6 things Android needs to be perfect

Android still has things to work on to be a perfect system

There is one thing that I think iCloud Drive does better than Google Drive: Once you access the cloud file structure, you can download and open files without leaving the cloud folder structure. This is especially handy, especially when you need to use a specific app to work (or play) on something.

In this sense, I think Apple’s synchronization between its services is better developed than Google’s, which requires going to the Downloads folder to work with the files we just downloaded. And let’s not say if you need to move them to a specific location…then the process takes a few extra steps.

The user wants robust systems, but above all he wants systems that are easy to use. In this aspect, Apple’s cloud service beats Google (and Android by extension) in terms of mobile friendliness. If Google could replicate the aforementioned usability in Google Drive, it would benefit greatly. And yes, iCloud Drive can be used on Android, but the user experience is not, even remotely, the same as using it from iOS.

Stands for flip phones and tablets

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Android has a big pending problem on big screens

I recently had the opportunity to test and review the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. One of the things that bothered me was how bad Android continues to look on non-smartphone-sized screens. . When I opened the terminal, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was running a stretched and distorted version of the OS, rather than one optimized for odd-sized screens.

Google has been working on Android 12L, its version of the operating system for large screens, for some time, which seems to indicate that they are finally fixing this problem. They better hurry, because foldable devices aren’t just Samsung’s business anymore, and there are several manufacturers planning to enter this market. If manufacturers want foldable machines to take off (and, for that matter, if they want users to take Android tablets seriously), Android better stop looking stretched and distorted on big screens ASAP.

Advanced controls for picture-in-picture mode

6 things Android needs to be perfect

If you pay for YouTube Premium (or use alternatives like the older Vanced or the newer Newpipe), you know that when you exit the app, a small screen of the video you were watching appears. This is roughly called picture-in-picture or PiP mode.

For now, this mode contains some basic playback controls, but if you want to do more than just pause, resume, or skip to the next video, you have no choice but to enter full-screen mode. For example, if you want to change the playback speed or check how long until the end of the video, you cannot do this in PiP mode.

The best native tools for gamers

Redmi Note 10 Pro games

Google needs to make the game dashboard something more serious

It is true that with Android 12 Google introduced the Game Dashboard intended for the largest number of gamers. With this feature, you can take screenshots, record gameplay on video, see what frames per second the game is running at, and even stream the game live to YouTube. And that’s all very well, but he could benefit from something else.

Take ASUS and its line of ROG phones, for example. These terminals include a proprietary tool called Game Genie which keeps the game dashboard up to date. This Taiwanese feature allows, in addition to what the Google tool already does, to block calls and notifications, lock the brightness level, change the screen refresh rate, see the phone’s temperature and open an application simultaneously in a floating window.

Considering that there are more and more better gaming phones and Android is a platform that already has its place among gamers, Google would do well to strengthen its native solutions to make Game Dashboard a competent option.

Mandatory updates and support for 5 years

Google Pixel 6a lock screen

Support and updates are an area where there is still a lot of room for improvement

This has always been a major point of contention. It is true that manufacturers like Samsung keep their promises and release updates for older devices, but it is also true that many manufacturers obsolete certain models of support and updates as soon as they are released.

Just consider that iOS 16 will reach devices as old as the iPhone 8, indicating that Apple guarantees updates and support for a device for five years. It is true that Apple only has to worry about a part of the market, but the law should mandate support for all types of devices as long as Apple guarantees updates for its own, at the very least.

Better integration of Material You design lines

6 things Android needs to be perfect

Better implementation of Material You design lines are essential to improve the visual aspect of Android

Material You is Google’s new design language, which will update the lines that were already marked with Material Design. While Big G’s intentions are very noble and commendable with this new design language, they are meaningless if not implemented more seriously.

The comparisons to iOS are odious, but they are inevitable. Apple sets design guidelines for iOS, and all developers follow them closely. On the other hand, on Android you have to think about hundreds of devices and many different layers of customization. This caused some developers to end up abandoning their Android projects, to end up focusing 100% on iOS.

Google is not doing anything to fix this either. Perhaps it is time to think about a change of direction, which involves imposing the use of pure Android as an essential condition for any manufacturer to purchase operating system licenses, even if it is currently a chimera to think about it.

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