Google will always be known as much for its technological dexterity and excellence, as for its creative outlook towards its products. Take the Google Doodle for example, which acts as a remembrance for masters in their niche fields. Adapting the Google logo to this theme every single time and animating it with so much emotion and creativity is no mean feat! But the creative genius of Google doesn’t end here. Take one look at the lineage of its widely popular Android operating system and you will know why. Coining each version of the OS with a letter of the alphabet, Google has created 7 versions to date.
7. Ice Cream Sandwich
And based on the latest report from the creative stables of Google, the new version to be introduced in the market is to be called Android 5.0 Jelly Bean. While Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is yet to settle down as a standard OS version for smartphones across the globe, it has brought a host of interesting and powerful features that many say are a combination of the preceding Honeycomb and Gingerbread versions. Google might be a little early in announcing the arrival of another OS while the earlier one is still finding its footing, but there is no denying the fact that the new arrival will improve on the shortcomings of the current version and leverage its advantages. If rumours are to be believed, then the Jelly Bean OS will support netbooks and a dual boot technology. This will get firms providing Android development services up and running to hire Android app programmers to cater to the demand of apps for Jelly Bean.
One of the features that many a user will expect to be a part of v5.0 of Android would be the integration of Google Chrome. The current browsing experience is good, but doesn’t compare with the seamless browsing provided by the desktop version of Chrome. As of now, Google provides a beta version of Chrome for download. But, as a user you are sure to expect some major improvements for Chrome and hope for it to be packaged with Jelly Bean.
A must-have for every Android user (or for every OCD Android user!) is the file-manager app. Google has not bundled a file manager app with any of its earlier OS versions. That this app is a necessity is very evident from the fact that it is one of the most downloaded apps on the Android Marketplace. Most of the Android mobile manufacturers including Samsung come with their own standard file manager apps. Organizing files and keeping important stuff well placed is something of a requirement for a smartphone and Google would do well to address this by bundling a file manager with Jelly Bean.
With an unending slew of OS releases in the past couple of years, a major grouch expressed by Android users is the lack of timely updates. It takes anywhere between 3 to 6 months for an Android update. Firmware updates and upgrades are a necessity, especially when every new version comes with major improvements and enhancements making the mobile experience more meaningful and enjoyable. With Jelly Bean, we hear that Google plans to de-couple UI customizations from the central OS code. This will enable faster updates as manufacturers would be able to customize the stock AOSP, thus reducing the time required for the development and deployment of updates. Asus, a very close associate of sorts for Google, has reportedly said that they might be the first to roll out Jelly Bean updates once the OS is launched.
Another feature of Android that could do with a little improvement is its on-screen keyboard. Devoid of features, such as long-press for special characters and numbers, the Android keyboard though sleek lacks the professional touch. There have been a few apps like Swype and Swiftkey that have filled this void, but still the expectation from users is that Android should come up with a standard keyboard with advanced features and design, and should also integrate the voice to text feature. As of now, the Android keyboard includes features, such as integrated input technology, auto-correction and underlined notification of potential errors that are a boon for email users and texting addicts. But, the addition of the long press functionality will just be the icing on the cake.
Developed to leverage the cutting-edge prowess of latest smartphones that integrate powerful processors and large chunks of memory, the Android OS is a mean machine when it comes to performance. But, use it with a lower or mid-range smartphone and the performance drops faster than lead. Users around the world are demanding a lighter version of the Android OS that functions well on lower-range smartphones, thus making the OS a true people’s champion! Let’s hope Google addresses that with Android v5.0.
Now, we come to the biggest grouse that Android users have expressed; battery drainage. The earlier versions of Android drained battery like a beer guzzler downs a six-pack! When Google came out with Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the battery drain issue and power management were fixed, leading to enhanced performance. Jelly Bean should outdo ICS by providing even more power efficiency leading to longer battery life. Another point of improvement for Jelly Bean is to exert better control over 3rd party apps and services and ensure that they don’t drain out battery life.
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