What Do You Want Next Out Of Android?


Today’s big tech news of course is that Apple has gone and invited the tech world for a special sneak preview of iPhone 4.0 this Thursday.  I ask you dear Android lovers, as the gadget world awaits Apples next move, what do you want to see in the next iteration of Android devices? Ignoring the physical handset for now, what do you want to see in software? We know, or at least we think that Apple will focus on multitasking in iPhone 4.0 due to the many many requests for something better than single message notification. Android is already leaps and bounds ahead of the pack when it comes to messaging notifications as well as multitasking in general but there is always room for improvement. So I ask you, TmoNews readers, what do you want to see? Do you want to see a better email system, better browsing experience or an enhanced social media experience? What say you?

Sound off below!


  • Johnny

    better facebook app lol

  • Honestly, I’m really excited about the rumor of them separating the core components (browser, Gmail, keyboard, etc) from the OS and making them available in the Market. That’s such a brilliant idea and would totally help combat fragmentation. Being able to simply update the Browser, for example, without having to wait for an OS update from the carrier is genius.

  • Steve

    More apps! The only area in which I feel Android is inferior to the iPhone at this point would be the sheer number of apps. We need more developers!

  • hi!

    first!!!! lolz!!!

    I think the market needs to be better. I have an iPhone and my girlfriend has Android with the Cliq. Her and I both agree that the marketplace needs to be re-organized. They’re majorly dropping the ball there, things desperately need to be organized differently/better

    • The Observer

      well since the cliq has 1.5 and not firmware 1.6 with the new android market look. this opinion is null and voided

      thank you

      • branon

        I have version 2.1 – I would still say the apps need to be better organized. Not yet a patch on the itunes store in terms of presentation.

  • Kevin

    I too like the idea of upgradeable core components. The platform needs to sit at 2.1 for about six months (or longer), to allow makers of existing handsets time to upgrade these devices as far as they can be upgraded. It’s proving to be difficult for them to keep trying to hit a moving target (1.6, 2.0 or 2.1). Developers could use this downtime to improve the marketplace, it’s one area that has been left behind. Lets slow the evolution of the platform and use the time to tweak and optimize the code that we have.

  • Martha

    I hate having all my Gmail messages grouped together from the same receipient. That makes it a pain to read. If you accidentally delete it the whole thread gets deleted. Hate this.

    Keep all my emails separate with easier replying and forwarding options.

    • That’s just the way that GMail in general works. That isn’t anything specific to Android. I personally love the way that it works and if you don’t like it, they have the standard e-mail app that works the way that normal e-mail systems do.

    • Plus anything you delete in Gmail comes back when a new message is added to that thread.

    • Craig

      You can always setup your gmail as an imap account in the regular mail app and not ever look at the gmail app – that’s what I’ve done and it works great. Don’t forget to turn off notification from the gmail app if you do this to avoid getting double notifications

  • jmts80

    I have to agree with the above comments Android needs to slow down with the upgrades and slow down fragmentation. And a personal wish of mine is to bring at least one high end Android devise (with physical keyboard) to T-mobile plz!

  • SliestDragon

    The thing android needs most is a better tutorial then the one you see when you first sign into your phone.

    The current “tutorial” is a joke. The things that make android what it is aren’t being taught to people. Things like the notification bar, holding the home button, accessing app settings by long-press selections and using the menu button, are a new concept to people and some people don’t even know about them, let alone know how to utilize them to they’re full extent. There needs to be multiple paragraphs in a tutorial, or a mandatory video or something. I mean come on…would it really be that hard to put together a 3 min. video?

    Just my thinking…

    • ConfoundedJoe

      That’s one thing that was nice on the cliq. On the first page to the left they had a widget with tips on how to do things and I found it really quite helpful. A manual widget would be really nice.

    • xDeToXx

      Also, I think there needs to be a way to skip this. I think it is a great idea for newcomers, but I also think that people that are used to Android, or Touchscreens in general, shouldn’t have to suffer through a 3 minute video every time they upgrade or buy a new phone. Maybe have this a multiple opt-out option, like skip? Are you sure? This provides detailed information on the operation of your phone, are you sure you want to skip this? And then let them skip this.

      Ultimately, I’d like to not have a tutorial, but I’d rather opt-out 3 times than be forced to watch it with every new phone I buy.

  • Javi

    Better E-mail system: Copying from the Gmail app, not only the browser based Gmail.
    Better Browsing Experience: I know flash is coming, but the browser needs a few bug fixes and tweaks also. Like syncing Google bookmarks

  • Eddie

    Swype for all android devices included in new os. Also, better email, gmail is great, but all other email really sucks. That’s really about it, Ihaven’t been able to send directions to anyone via google maps, maybe im doing it wrong, but if its not already there, that would be cool!

    • ben

      As far as I have seen, the “ShapeWriter” app does the same type of thing as Swype. I have been using it for about a month and love it. This honestly voids the need for a physical Keyboard in my book.

    • Eck. As long as it is an option only, I dislike Swype.

  • Better battery life.

  • Jim

    Completely open up all Google technologies to the Android API. And, w/o any sort of API key signup. Allow valet access to all of a user’s Google accounts and services.

  • drew

    Better UI would be great I’m tired of the empty black screen and white line in the menu.

    • urbanrio

      Agreed… An inconsistent UI is Androids biggest problem when pitted against the iPhone.

  • Well honestly a nice wifi/router capabilities would be nice. Like the one seen on the new palm pre!.Also multitouch would be nice too for the cliq.

  • hitch

    UMA. definitely UMA.

  • d-coop

    Apps to sd card!!!
    And make all phones upgradeable!!!

  • alexdagreat1

    I feel that probably allowing users to update the core google apps via the market would help a lot. I would also like to see a better media experience out of the box rather than having to get an app from that market that does what i need it to…better battery life wouldnt hurt at all and maybe a more streamlined way to multitask built into the OS

  • Myles

    I would like to see a phone styled similar to the G1 with some major hardware upgrades, such as a snapdragon processor, 3.5mm headphone, more memory, etc. Oh, and put 2.1 with a sense overlay, and finally, send it to T-Mobile! Give me something like that, and I’d buy it in a heartbeat!

    • Namo

      Same here!!! Plus, put a better camera on it with a flash.

  • The Observer

    mine would be push 2.1 to every current android phone out now :(

  • Vision77

    Android needs a core GUI overhaul that will focus on the user experience. Most of us know WHAT Android can do…It’s HOW it’s done that will take Android to the next level. I own a G1, iPhone 3g, and a Nexus One…Every other person who had an iPhone acted kind of uppity when I got a G1 and told them don’t sleep on Android. I bought an iPhone 3g and to be honest the OS just as glitchy as android was…but it was executed in a way that I didn’t focus that the app I was trying to use took a couple of extra seconds because of the transitions etc. Then I got a Nexus One and then the iphoners started saying oh that phone is hot after I let them use it for a few minutes. I think Google is starting to get it right with 2.1….I would like to see more synergy between components of the OS like it is executed in Sense UI. I really like the TAT Home UI concept.

  • M

    I just want tmobile to stop bringing crappy devices to its line… we need a droid or an evo or at least a X10

    • xDeToXx

      If an EvoLTE was released for T-Mo, I would be all over that.

      I’d even settle for an Evo3G. I’d still give up my Nexus for that one. But it has to keep AVI compatibility.

  • Ricardo

    I’d say sit on 2.1 for at least a year. We need to have everyone on the same level. Next really work on the bugs. I want within the first 4 months of release, android just focuses on getting what they have out there right. By default sense ui should be on all their phones with the user option to revert back to vanilla. Focus on the default music player, calendar and market. I think most of Androids problems are due to Googles inability to sit on one iteration of the software and clean it up. Browsing needs to be fine tuned as well.

  • eYe

    1. Better music player (with EQ)
    2. Better market (or at least better search in the market)
    3. Better apps (note: not more apps, just better ones)
    4. Requirements for hardware. I am so sick of seeing underpowered Android handsets, this is what really gives Android a bad name.
    5. Requirement for vanilla version of ROM to go along with any overlay (such as Sense, MotoBlur, etc)
    6. Require AT&T to stop messing with Android and load their bloat while blocking core functions.

  • *More Apps
    *Better Marketplace
    *More use integrated with Wifi with apps, games, etc
    *High def camera for still pictures & HD Video
    *Capacitive touchscreen that is just as great as the QWERTY keyboard
    *1G Snapdragon processor or something of that stature
    *The screen size of the Nexus one or about the same size of
    *Android 2.1 or higher
    *HSPA+ (With it actually working on my device at the time I get it)
    *SWYPE for the touchscreen

    Some other stuff, but I can’t remember right now

  • Halamadrid

    Android needs better integration with Exchange (Calendar sync please!) out of the box. It also needs a revamped media player and also the ability to download/run apps to/from the media card.

    • +1 for exchange calendar sync.

    • Bob McCormick

      There’s already at least one or two third party apps on the market that do very complete Exchange support. Search for TouchDown in the Android Market.

  • FILA

    -Able to view animated Picture Messages
    -More Bluetooth profiles like file transfer
    -Timer for camera
    -Some way to dumb the RAM
    -Some new apps, I have brilliant ideas, I just cant program to make them come true :-(

    Im basing this off of Android 1.6 MyTouch

  • justinhub2003

    Apps2sd….. better music player… pretty up the OS… better built in virtual keyboard.. Google docs intergration

  • Aaron

    Google should just give everyone a nexus so everyone will be on the same level

  • Housetek

    apps2sd, better facebook app, flash10, tabs for phone specific apps, Voip, Android arcade.

    Kinda to play off of Xbox live for windows 7, but kinda a bunch of mini games for android which you can compete with friends, build a lil avatar and whatnot.

    I think that would be really fun, and kill alot of time.

  • Strayelectron

    Voice dialing via a bluetooth headset

    Spoken CallerID notifications via a bluetooth headset
    (Name if it exists in contacts otherwise number)

    Spoken notifications of incoming messages via bluetooth headset
    (Sender name and message subject or entire message if SMS)

    These are features which exist in Windows Mobile that I use all of the time. I only have to touch the phone when browsing the web, sending a message, etc.

  • rev2redlineguy

    As a few have stated, I think Android should concentrate on one level of the core OS (like sticking with 2.1 on all devices for at least 6 months to a year then start getting the bugs worked out before they move on to release a newer version) because it really stinks that you have one different model of phone that is just as capable of handling 2.1 but is stuck with the vanilla 1.5 (as you can guess I’m talking about the Motorola Cliq). It’s like buying a sports car and sticking in a weak 4-cylinder engine when you know it can handle the power of a V8. Also, please add an EQ to the music player. I’d love to be able to adjust the bass/tone and other stuff that you can do with EQ’s to enhance the listening experience. I also think social apps should be integrated into the device but can be disabled/enabled or customized by the user. Otherwise that’s all I can think of…just stop building all these great devices & sticking them with the 1.5. Just go ahead and keep everyone on the same level with 2.1 and work from there.

  • All i want is.
    1 Native support for apps2sd.
    2.better youtube app. i would like to see what new vids my subs uploaded. Fix youtube HQ timeout.
    3. Market needs to be refined.i noticed whenever i would download some apps,it wont download or finish install. Itll “hang”
    4. 2.1 for all US android devices..
    5. maybe a native twitter app for phones running stock android.
    6.,more compass integration with google maps. I.e. the map will turn as you turn your phone.
    7. better animations. esp with orientation. the fade in and fade out has always been blah for me.
    8. Official website that browses the marketplace and ” star” apps. the “star” apps will install next time you opened the marketplace on your phone. same idea as appbrain but id like to see an official android app like that.

  • jason

    for the U.S. market: how about tmobile releasing a decent SUBSIDIZED (something i can upgrade to on a family plan) android phone first before we start talking about what we want out of the next gen android phones. how about releasing the desire here in the states.

  • umaluver

    The market sucks shit. I dont see how they can ignore this any longer.

    Apps need to be of higher quality in general. (yes there are some good high quality apps, but overall, they are low quality.) Maybe a ‘google approved’ series would be good.

    UMA FOR TMO customers!!! just frickin do it already.

    Words With Friends port that can be used across all mobile platforms :D

  • Rich

    My Behold II is still on 1.5, so I don’t know where Android is to say what it needs.

    Would be nice if apps would load on the micro SD card – If I have free space I shouldn’t have to worry or even think about it, I can manage to that just as I do on my iPod.

  • umaluver

    oh and battery life should be improved. yes I now have good battery life through lots of tweeking, but your average user isnt going to XDA to get the hot tips on how to improve it.

    out of the box, battery sucks bad.

  • Matt Miller

    I Would love allot of things like new market design better browser design(Get rid of notification bar in browser) Plus i Think Google need to make like a Google music store with music movies etc like iTunes. Get rid of amazon

  • I say stop updating and start porting, some phones are going to be on 3.0 by the time others get 2.1, if you want to keep a better community keep them on the same firmware. I dont care what has to be stripped out ex. live wallpapers, take them out, as long as were all running the same version and we can all have an equal opportunity with our phones at everything capable of them, then start working on a new update to the os

  • First off I love the Vanilla UI, it NEEDS some love and attention, but it is way better than Sense, Motoblur, and what ever the heck is on the Behold 2. Maybe some of this custom UI bolt-on nonsense can be solved by allowing users to do different themes (like Blackberry), but not as intensive as most of the home screen replacements currently available that decimate the memory of your phone.
    After that, Android needs better media functions. The standard media player basic, ok for playing music. It needs ramped up, support more video codecs maybe and option for video libraries, video podcasts, streaming Netflix, etc.
    Calendar support for Exchange is NEEDED.

  • mrcoolgarcia

    skifire or flash on browser, how come no phone is flash ready??
    so many developers and new processor like snapdragon and yet can play flash,

  • mrcoolgarcia

    skifire for android so we can play flash content and a better facebook app,

  • Jr_Good_Grief

    Android Is Great The Problem Lies With Cell Phone Companys Overlapping Stock Android With Custom U.I. Case And Point Motoblur. Its Cool To Be A Little Different But They Rush It Out Then Its Hard To Keep Up With Our Ever Changing Os. I Agree With Most We Should Perfect 2.1 And Allow Developers To Perfect The Apps. Think About It With Out Thier Beloved App Store What Is The Iphone ? It Does Hold A Candle To Android And All Of Its Endless Possibilities.

    Nexus One User

  • jn

    flash for god sake, i want to run hulu on my nexus one.

  • rickb

    Well, if you all are complaining about apps (Facebook, etc), that’s not Android. That’s developers. Battery life is as much hardware as anything. I would like:

    – 2.1 for the G1. Failing that, a definitive statement on end-of-life version for the G1. Is 1.6 all there will be? Just tell me.

    – Flash support. I don’t expect this on my G1 ever.

    – Better Market. Better searching, fewer phantom ‘upgrade found’ problems, better searching. Oh yeah, and better searching.

    – Better memory management.

    – Better WCDMA (3G) performance. I get 450-550KB alsmot always. It doesn’t seem righ.

    – Better Google apps ( i know I just whined about how apps aren’t Android). Maps should not randomly refocus to My Location as it cares to. Faster Maps loading. Browser does NOT clear cache on exit even when I select that,

    – The POP/IMAP Email app is seriously broken; trash doesn’t empty, many of the servers I want to use just don’t work with it, IMAP is flaky, the bug list is YEARS old now and nothing much gets fixed. Either fix it or delete it. Save me the memory.

    – APPS2SD functionality. Write it yourself if you don’t want to incorporate the community-written ones. Taking just 256MB of SD would make a big difference, and my G1 would be so much nicer.

    – More flexible Home screens. Take a hint from the apps and build it in. I bet that doesn’t put any of the competitors out of business.

    – More cooperation with the various ROM builders. You can learn a lot from them, and they from you. So long as this doesn’t get you in too much hot water with the carriers, as the carriers are your primary customer, right? If not, how about lifting your skirts a bit and letting some of these gifted developers really maximize the platform? I bet they return the favor, some of them..

    Enough for now…

  • Fragmentation is bad. You got different phones with different versions of the Android OS. Also, I want to see more internal memory or the ability to install apps on a SD card. A more attractive GUI and speedier processor.

  • Fred

    Install apps to the SD card (without having to root the phone and type in a bunch of commands in a console environment) since phones like the G1 don’t have much onboard memory.

    More developer support. Most apps only have an iPhone version or the iPhone version is much better than the Android version.

    More theme support without having to flash the OS

    Better music player with more features

    That’s all I can think of for now since Android is the best already.

  • DaWaBZ94

    Native Just and wifi tether
    Native USB HOST mass storage and Just hdi for kbd and mouse
    Native bluetooth keyboard and mouse
    Native theming
    Native app2sd
    Native divx support
    Native “close app ” support
    More iphone-like games
    Better battery life

  • SEFan

    Looking at Android from the outside, I’d like to see:

    1. Requirement that the core OS be upgradable regardless of overlays. Whoever made this suggestion, excellent point. Otherwise it takes forever to move up to new OS versions because of Sense, Blur, ???? what’s the Samsung cube thing?? This is where iPhone rules – new OS shows up, everyone can download it and be up to date.

    2. At least one killer device AS a T-Mobile device. If the HD2 came as Android I’d be there. But what’s the Android alternative in T-Mo’s lineup? The only other front-line Android phone that works in AWS band is the Nexus One. I’m not about to buy a phone that I can’t handle before buying. T-Mo’s own lineup has gotten, well, just sad.

  • Randy

    i would like Tmobile to role out with the updated android os on all their phones. would make the experience much better and would also help with churn. i enjoy my Mytouch 3G, but i want 2.1 on it without having to root it. come on tmo, get with the program and help us out. not a complaint, just a suggestion from a loyal customer!!

  • B

    App installations to SD card, and a new UI, something akin to HTC Sense

  • BassMaster

    Better facebook app!!

  • whozdabest

    1. A desktop client to organize and sync multimedia and apps. Sure there are third party apps that help you sync but we need something from Google. This would also add visibility to apps to attract more developers to Android.
    2. A better multimedia experience, which fits into the better UI argument.
    3. Force some handset makers to have integrated memory. We wouldn’t have talk about hacking into Android to run apps on the microsd cards when internal memory is a paltry 256mb-1gb. Any system would operate faster on integrated memory than on accessing sd cards. (I know naysayers would probably say that it doesn’t make a big difference but I think it would improve the experience)

    • timmyjoe42

      Yes, Yes, and Yes.

  • I think Android needs better music playing capabilities. And equalizer is desperately needed. And also the ability to sort by genre. And the ability to edit file names as well. And it needs to have a better landscape keyboard so you can see what field you’re typing in without having to rotate the phone to portrait. And just a little more style and panache would be welcome. Along with a built-in task manager. And better organization to the market.

  • AgDon

    If it does not already have then capability to be able to sync with my iTunes, then I would add that.

  • Yo

    We need a nexus one (or better) that we (customers of T-Mobile) can fuc.king buy without spending fuc.king $500 plus dollars for it.

    Just think about ii, YOU CAN GET AN IPHONE FOR $99.00.


    • Dalton

      Then stop complaining about buying the N1 for that much, buy the iPhone, enjoy your sucky ass phone and get off of here.


    • gruv2ths

      True Dat. Tmo needs a real Android phone we can all be proud of. N1 is the bomb but come on $500?

  • alex

    better music player and widget

  • tortionist

    more responsiveness and functionality, much more RAM and ROM. I tunes sucks compared to the music player that’s built in to Android. The only thing i’d do as far as the music player, is to add a stop button.

  • Goyuix

    I think Android needs to divorce/distance itself from the apps – making all the core apps (including YouTube) available from the Market. It is fine for a carrier/manufacturer to preload whatever they want, just leave my phone open enough I can easily upgrade userland without having to upgrade the entire OS at the same time.

    And really, following along that line – the media experience on the phone is abysmal. Even the third party apps really just don’t have a great way to organize and sort through the media. It is fully functional in the geek sense, just get some designers in there to help skin it for the average human. There is not reason my Android device shouldn’t be my only portable media device.

    Specifically about android (not the apps) – there is still a fair bit of polish that is needed for things like the Bluetooth service and some of the other APIs that expose hardware to the end user. Android has greatly improved in this regard through the revisions – but I still get the feeling like the hardware->kernel layer is a bit problematic and certainly the kernel->userland bridge from the hardware needs some more love.

    Last: the ecosystem: I was super glad they announced an updated NDK at GDC, and hope they can continue to grow and improve the community of developers – they are the ones providing the most valuable feedback about what is needed. And personally I would hope they sit on the 2.1 release longer than normal to give the community a chance to standardize it while they get the necessary feedback and effort in place to make a truly killer 3.0 release.

  • I agree with all of you and all of the points made! It seem as alot of you keep complaining about t-mobile not having one good device? As a customer of t-mobile for 9 years and have had all of the android devices, right now that one GREAT device is the HD2! I know it’s not android but all of your request are on their like better music player w/ e.q. and better face book app. Right now that is their flagship phone and will hold you over for quite some time t’ll all android phones are in unison? Enjoy, I highly recomend it. It’s beautiful and does everything for the most part, for now!

    • TMoEmployee

      This is a total and absolute LIE!!!! The HD2 lacks in so many simple functioning areas. It’s not fully customizable like Android. It’s a beautiful device yes! But, take it from someone who had the U.S. version a month before it came out. The phone is attractive but, fails on simplicity. If you’re not an app buff and, can stand the fact that the HD2 will tell you what it wants to do, all still with that ugly Windows UI hiding beneath HTC sense, then fine! There are just simple things that the Android OS does that the Windows OS doesn’t. The Apps are the biggest thing! Don’t let people tell you that Windows is new to mobile apps. They have tons! It’s just they are all crap! And expensive. I miss my Android. Windows sucks!

      • nyuhsuk

        I’m just curious. How exactly is Android simpler than the Sense 2.5 UI that is on the HD2? I have fiddled with the Droid again and again and still don’t find it very convenient to use. Constantly running to a third-party task killer app to free up memory? Cmon… your common phone user isn’t going to understand resource management. They’ll just get frustrated and reboot the phone once it bogs down too much. The only feature I really found excellent was the notification bar but Windows provides a similar implementation, save for the scrolling-down-from-the-top action.

        It seems to me Sense breaks down heavily used ‘themes’ into nice little tabs for grouping. And they have a similar ‘App’ menu. They ahve your nice big fat icons on the front page for your heavily used ‘Apps’. What exactly are you spouting off about in terms of simplicity? Cause you can drag and drop app icons in one of your home screens? You can alter the Start Menu of a WinMo phone to do the same thing.

        Secondly, yes, the native Windows UI has lots of tiny drop down menus and radio buttons. But how is that any different from a fat bubbly drop down menu and radio buttons? Asthetics? Is that really important over functionality?

        I’ll keep my Windows 6.5 + Sense 2.1 Touch Pro2 over any Android device on the market today. Android devices fall nicely between WinMo functionality and iPhone asthetics but it doesn’t provide what the former two excel at.

  • ando

    Quit letting handset makers put android on crappy phones.


    • JaylanPHNX

      I agree except that I want to point out that the Cliq and Cliq XT share only a name and the Blur UI. Otherwise the XT is a vastly different phone, so your excellent point doesn’t apply in that case.

  • pookie

    i think android should do something what other never thought of for instance introduce a lock system on android phone where it unlocks only your finger print i would says also a way to unlock with a front facing camera to scan your eye but but i don’t see that anytime soon

    • Davidohio

      @pookie..good point but please use punctuation in your paragraph, it is really annoying reading a post that just runs on with no punctuation.

    • good point but

      you made a good point for an idea. but there are security issues where this kinda fails to be implemented.
      – you can lose your phone and if someone gains access via a loophole (since not every OS is as secure as one claims) you’re fingerprint is in danger.
      – via loophole from above, someone can gain access to your phone/pc remember smartphones or phone in general has the same OS characteristics, find the loophole, find the file and boom another victim of identity theft
      – fingerprints can be fooled. there have been tested vulnerabilities of it.
      – a lot more that i don’t really wanna mention coz i’m tired lol

  • mailman13877

    Most Importantly Apps2sd support..everything else is minor at until then..Im rooted on enomthers rom but i would like to have that apps2sd as a standard software that come with the manufactured phone and official rom

    • Oce

      +1! Apps2SD should have happened already! What is the hold-up?

  • Garett

    Ability to fully (not just mail and contacts) sync with Exchange server without any extra apps. If it could do this, I would own android over the HD2…although the HD2 is awesome.

  • LP

    UMA, UMA, UMA an oh, I suppose you could also include… UMA.

    • ImaTmoFan

      WIFI CALLING, DAMMIT……. Gimme a reason to Choose another phone other than Blackberry…….

  • JaylanPHNX

    +1 on picking an iteration and staying for a year. The new version of Android should be a big deal, not an exercise in update frustration. Their openness is a big plus, but they need to put the screws to their handset mfg’s and demand a minimum spec (WinPhone7 is doing this). The variation with UIs (sense, blur) is great for the market (choice always is), but again, Google needs to shepherd their baby more and demand the latest versions be used and kept updated in a timely manner. And the market needs to be organized and populated better. Again, Google needs to throw some weight around to bring in top-notch devs for a top-notch market.

  • StevenG

    I think stopping the fragmentation of Android would go a long way. Also, it’d be cool if we could get phones already rooted. Make Android truly open. Give us phones that would, essentially, work like they do now, but have a “root” option, like the non-market apps option.

  • Phani9

    All of these are DEFINITELY Must-Have Features.

    1) Good Music player with Graphic Equalizer
    2) NO MORE ‘FORCE’ Closes.
    3) Ability to Install Application on Memory card & not just on flash ROM.
    4) Ability to utiize space on Memory card for saving Emails etc so as to not overload ROM.

  • Mardenator

    An end to Android fragmentation.. when 1 device gets a new version, all devices should get it.. no more of this “haha i have a N1 with Android 2.1.. I spit in the face of your POS Moto Cliq running 1.5”.. equal versions for all!!!

  • eddieo

    On future HTC phones, I want the option to use the phone with and without sense!

    • Matlock

      That already exists!!!

  • andrew

    better music player flash player or html 5 all phone anndroid to have to newest version of android to remove to stock apps and put the 3 party apps

  • TMoEmployee

    Android just needs to beef up quality of the apps. That’s what phones are all about now. APPS! Something for everything. My whole life and needs in my hand.

    And a way to lock every app, independently.

    I just want a truly customizable experience.

    And a clean way to sync with a Mac.

    And on a side note… People please stop praising this HD2 like it’s the sh*t. It’s a beautiful looking device but, it lacks sooooo much!

    • Futurvisionary

      Yep… I gave the HD@ a chance but all this freezing and force closing and non-responding “apps” have me set on a return path tomorrow and a new sprint contract!!!!! EVO 4G!!!!

    • Futurvisionary

      Yep… I gave the HD2 a chance but all this freezing and force closing and non-responding “apps” have me set on a return path tomorrow and a new sprint contract!!!!! EVO 4G!!!!

      • Matlock

        Good luck with Sprints crappy network! I have n HD2, and not once has it frozen or locked up on me! All it is, is user error!

  • Jonathan:Brazil

    Personally, i would like to see a better threaded text messaging interface. The texting interface on android phones to me is a bit boring and could use a revamp. I have a MyTouch and have had a G1 and i’m not to crazy about the messaging interface. I am a big texter so it does matter to me. It’s just my opinion and what i would like to see improved.

    • Erick

      then download handcent

  • cat

    3.7-4.3 inch screen latest android software and less then 200 dollars.

  • jp0131


    • lol

      i don’t mean to be rude but switch to verizon and sprint if u already know they have good phones and want their phone.

      people complain about other carriers getting what they want on a phone, then switch to that carrier.

      i think t-mo brought life to android and is a good carrier as it is right now. i still love my g1. the grandfather of it all. people complain about 2.1, 1.6 has been out for what? not even a year… people these days…

      • nyuhsuk

        First off, lay off the Caps Lock Charlie Chaplin.

        Android does have its deficiencies and like a lot of things Google releases, it’ll get better over time.

        But now, that carrier crap you babble on about at the end of your comment. Every carrier has their unique line of phones. But complaining about Verizon and Sprint getting better phones is ridiculous. They BOTH don’t have the phones you mention yet. Who knows when they’ll get it. The Nexus One is basically the Incredible and IT HAS BEEN AVAILABLE so what are you complaining about? The EVO is a beast but that’s MONTHS out so who’s to say what T-Mo will bring on board next? You’re angry cause you got tied down to a contract? You should have waited for something better and then signed your contract. Otherwise, own up to your shortsighted purchase and go pay the ridiulous unsubsidized price for the Nexus One.

        It’s technology: something better is always around the corner. What do you think people on other carriers were saying when the G1 or Touch Pro2 (first on T-Mo) or HD2 were released on T-Mo? The same BS you’re spouting off. Except, too bad those other carriers didn’t get a keyboard Android device for ages (Droid) and they’ll never get the HD2. Stop bitching when you got choices already on T-Mo.

  • Mike

    The ability to store apps on the SD card, 160-200mb drive space on the internal phone isn’t CRAP.

  • pdusk

    I want the sprint htc EVO but instead of wimax and cdma give me 21 meg hspa. Oh and oled screen wouldn’t hurt. And maybe I am being greedy but the newer snapdragon processor running at 1.3 GHz.

  • Better email,more rom and ram, even without that I absolutely gotta have MY ANDROID, ALL DAY EVERYDAY…….DROOOOOOIIIID!

  • Davidohio

    I would like to see a better music player, with an equalizer. I would like better bluetooth with the ability to send files to another bluetooth device. Better text messaging interface and way better battery! Also the ability to store apps on the sd card to free up memory for faster performance. Oh yeah, 1ghz processors should be the norm. Also larger screens. That’s all.

  • Ben W

    can’t really say. since i’m on tmo, i don’t have the option of upgrading to anything passed 1.6.
    i can’t really say what i want from future iterations if i haven’t even really experienced what 2.0 has.

    tmo has truly dropped the ball in the android sphere.

  • Billz

    A few things I would like to see in future TMO Android devices:

    1. The latest version of the software, whether it be 2.1/3.0 whatever. Nobody wants 1.5 running on their new phones.

    2. More internal memory. Expandable SD memory is great, but lets create some more space for apps.

    3. UMA Calling. TMO had the advantage with this and I’m not sure if it is a hardware or a software thing, but Android needs it.

    4. Better push email technology. Right now, BlackBerry is the champ for this…HANDS-DOWN!!!

  • Trill

    I’ve used all versions of Android and I have to disagree with some of the comments because of some of the ideas being thrown around. Google and Manufactures are working on fragmentation and a2sd isn’t as easy as just implementing it, they have to make sure there aren’t any copy protection issues, and problems when unmounting the sdcard. The UI & Market for Android is probably the most important, apps are great but lack the look and sleek appeal when compared to the iphone plus the layout sucks.

    Android really lacks gloss and polish although 2.1 changed that a bit with 3D but the player controls suck for video and there is no reason why divx and avi should not be supported. I could care less about live wallpapers since its sorta a gimmick but still cool and while I could go on we all know the music player needs work we need more hardware keyboard devices

  • phillip

    4.5 inch super super amoled screen
    tegra processor
    Humming bird graphics chip
    chrome broswer optimized for android
    8 mp camera with dual flash records n HD Video
    hdmi port
    physical buttons call end/power home menu
    nice spacious full qwerty
    thin like the droid
    youtube google translator, wave , buzz , maps, earth, navagation e reader n docs standard
    running 2.1 or greater

  • phillip

    16 or 32 gbs of internal storage plus n sd slot
    ability to save apps on sd card
    and support divx

  • phillip

    oh yea n a 3.2 web cam have a skype app
    better music

  • meanmcclean

    OPTIMIZATION!!!!!!!!! Android needs a more polished UI. I would say stick to what Android 2.1 is offering now and make it better/faster. Better responsiveness to touch, better voice control throughout. A better bluetooth experience, add the ability to dictate messages etc through a headset. Allow voice control of the device from a headset. A better multimedia experience.

    2.1 is a solid foundation for Android to work from, nothing really can/needs to be added to the OS that can’t be handled in an app. just make the experience flawless, a phone that flies, better memory management, better application data storage options.

  • kpagratis

    I think the more important question is what android phone do we want next from TMO. It’s been DEAD the last 2 weeks. The CliqXt?!?! I just vomited a little in my mouth. How about the Bravo, Incredible, Droid, N1 on ANY PLAN I WANT!!

    I mean seriously, I’m on a G1 with a screen being held together by a screen protector because the only better android phone in my opinion is the N1.
    Seriously TMO, get off you @$$ and announce something exciting or I may be moving to the HD2 (when it’s not sold out lol)

  • if push email tech could be as good as blackberry i would go back to android seeing that google nexus one seems to be neck-and-neck w/ iphone.

  • JS-1

    i can agree with alot of request here!

    music/email/apps2sd/better quality phones/better R&D of UI/OS.

    one thing that hasn’t come up is better graphics software…

  • ManoloDF

    Ive been screaming this for ages, but its very simple:


  • Nhat

    I just want every phone to be near the same updates instead of all over the place like how it is now.

  • Rick

    Better calendaring and a real tasks application that work from the handheld. I’m tired of entering events on the handheld then going into Google at home to fix them.
    Decent documentation would be nice.

  • tmotmo

    Being able to print from apps would be a big bonus. If nothing else, to wireless printers. We have notepads, Docs2Go, PDF viewers, web pages, and others. It would be beneficial to have print capabilities. That would make these devices truly portable computers, able to do most everything. There are some software apps that give us printing options, but most apps don’t have the option to print from. Adding it to the software and SDK’s would give this feature to us.

  • thargic

    I must agree…. a top of the line android phone for t-mobile. How did t-mo get
    to be the red-headed step child of Google/Android??

  • mike

    You all have to be kidding I haven’t seen 1 comment on this…..GAMING!!!”! The games and the graphics neeed more improvement…….u can start to make the android os amazin for gaming….I’m not talking little dumb games I’m talking about games like call of duty that u can play online wit other android Phone members!!!!! Think about it ppl!!!

    • mike

      And a more organized app market. …yes its organized but can. Be organized alil better. But rly get the gamin goin…

  • mrbill

    A working Nexus One.

  • JBLmobileG1

    I am pretty happy with Android overall but what would make it even better… well… first they NEED to let you be able to run apps from an SD card. If anything is important its this feature. True you could do it if you root your phone but this shouldn’t be required. In fact if they want the Android platform to survive this IS a MUST unless you have a phone with at least 8GB of internal memory like the iphone although I think removable memory is always better. Secondly they need to add voice dialing with your bluetooth. I had a Blackberry 8120 and an HTC MDA and it worked with both of these devices… but its an important feature that I feel is missing from Android. This feature is yet another important one especially as more and more states require you to wear a bluetooth headset if you need to talk on the phone while driving. And the third and last feature is Flash… adobe flash where the H*ll are you!? Geeeshhh I have owned a G1 for almost two years and they promised us flash. In fact you can goto youtube and see the G1 running flash… but WHERE is it? And now I am hearing it won’t be coming to the G1? WHY? Don’t tell me the phone can’t handle it because it was started on the G1 and seemed to work fine. Sure newer devices like the Cliq XT have flash lite… but as the phones get more and more powerful we should be seeing Flash like on a regular computer. I want my Hulu and I want it NOW! I can’t even find a beta or hacked version of flash to run on my G1. Let me guess… you must root it? Oh… and one last addition which isn’t all too important. Multi touch… the Nexus One has it and the Cliq XT has a form of it…. but I say all Android devices and O/S should have it. Again why doesn’t the G1 have it? I know if you root you can get it so why can’t Google upgrade their O/S for all versions of Android to run it? I Love the Android O/S now they just need to add a little icing to the cake and maybe start to raise the bar on what their O/S will run on. Nothing less than the Nexus One specs as far as theprocessor goes. And it NEEDS I repeat Google NEEDS to let you run apps from an sd card. If this doesn’t get fixed by the end of this year I will probably lose faith in Google and Android. Like I had stated before… the Nintendo Wii was in the same boat (limited to 512mb) but at least with a O/S update they made it to where you could install and run programs quickly from the SD card. Now if Nintendo can do this Google surely could. If they can’t well talk to Nintendo and find out how because THEY DID IT.

  • mikeeeee

    i wish i knew how to make the font bigger……….


    that’s all, everything else gets updated sooner or later.

    UMA, or just integrate gizmo 5 int google voice, either way wifi calling.

    do that and i’ll buy 2 of them in the next 2 minutes.

    all my lines are mature in july and i’m just waiting……


  • Reece

    I will try to keep it short and sweet – in NO particular order…

    1) Better multimedia capabilities: An equilizer is needed so badly it’s not even funny. We’re talking about something 6-8 year old mp3 players had – should be something done on the OS level – maybe make an API for it so folks can toy around with it. Having better OS-level encoding playback through hardware more is probably something that is dependent with a manufacture but I’m sure Google could -maaaaybe- encourage them to go a certain direction with that.

    2) Apps from SD: Even the almighty Droid and Nexus One is limited in this regard and makes me somewhat hesitant in plunging for a N1 since half a gig while plentyful now – who knows how many apps I’d accumulate for the next 2 years? Until 1GB a’la Evo 4G is standard it would be a neato option for folks who is with a not so internally massive device and not feeling like going through the pains of rooting

    3) Bluetooth: I’m getting the impression that bluetooth stereo is f**king annoying in general, so I won’t bust balls too much in this regard buuuuuut – if bluetooth stereo could be abit more stable and not crap out into stuttering hell after phonecalls then I’d be one happy panda.

    4) Productivity: yeaaaaa, while Docs 2 Go is nice – Google delivering their “Google Docs” service to Android is an initiative that is badly needed. WinMo7 is already targeting the concept of cloud computing + office docs and it’s still in friggin alpha/beta. It’s time to grow up with your userbase Google and deliver on this. While we at it, sending out printjobs to a nearby printer in a network would also be pretty damn awesome

    5) Last but damn sure not least – More T-Mobile (high end) devices: Yea this is something that probably drags the ear more of T-Mobile then Google but screw it – it’s a T-Mobile site afterall. A Nexus One-type device that plays nicely with current plans would be a godsend. The Desire seems to have the right idea but, it’s in t-mobile’s Uk division. I would only hope the holdup is due to awaiting the rollout of HSPA+ network so compatibility for any future high powered Android devices would follow – I could only hope (and pray) that this is the case

  • Broke

    Flash, Netflix, and ebook

  • Broke

    Gosh sorry, guess I clicked on the wrong button…

    Anyway, Flash, Netflix, and ebook.

  • DeeLirious

    As a TMo Employee and Android lover I have a few frustrating comments and thoughts. First of all, why are we all waiting for a 2.1 update? If it’s available, give it to everyone.
    2. Email client for Android Sucks! Fix it.
    3. Apps need MAJOR attention. Put some pressure on the app developers and fix it.
    4. Snapdragon processor should be standard on all devices from now on, fix it.
    5. HD2 is an amazing device. Except for the fact that it’s windows. Make an android version. Now.
    6. Why is TMo always getting the short end of the stick on everything that has to do with Android phones? Fix it.
    7. Battery life is absolutely horrible. Figure out why the Blackberry Bold can last 4 days with heavy use and make the same battery for Android phones.
    8. Keyboard needs to be fixed on all android phones. It’s tollorable, but horrible. Fix it.
    9. Wifi calling. Did you know people actually buy phones just for that reason? They do. I sell that option daily. Get it. Fix it.
    10. How about a front facing speaker you freaking idiots! I am sick of having to cup my hand from behind my phone so the sound will bounce back to me. I don’t carry headphones in my pocket morons. Fix it.
    There are more issues, but I’ll stop there. I love android, but it’s sad I felt much more comfortable writing all of this on my iPod touch. FIX IT!!!!


    • Alex V

      Im going to call the waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaambulance to … FIX IT

      • Alex V

        Hurry, call whine one one. its an emergency

    • Dizzle

      Fix It. Fix It. Fix It. (get’s old, doesn’t it? imagine reading your reply, what are, 12?)

      Most of the things you mentioned are hardware related, not Android OS related.
      1) up to handset manufacturer to release it with appropriate drivers
      2) gmail client rocks
      4) handset manufacturer, not Android
      5) HTC, not Android
      6) Um, hello? G1, MT3G, N1?
      7) Android > BB, x10
      8) handset manufacturer, not Android
      9) Ok, and? There’s an App for that
      10) handset manufacturer, not Android

      And you’re probably the idiot on the metro that plays movies on their phone and forces everyone to watch it. THANKS!

      • David

        I LAWL.

        Android is awesome.

        Apple is getting way too old.

    • Green Robot

      Regarding the e-mail client, I agree that the built one is not very good. That is why I have not used it in well over a year. I’ve been using K-9 Mail and it is much much much better. Early versions were somewhat rough but they’ve come a long way and it is now a very solid imap/pop3 mail client. I don’t know which version is in the market but you can always get the lates and greatest from http://code.google.com/p/k9mail/downloads/list – try it.

    • sk33m0

      why the hell do you love android?!?!? thats all the shit I hate about it….and that encompasses ALL the damn os…and you LOVE it?!?!? wtf?!!?!?

  • Antonio

    I love andriod but I would like to see a faster rom maybe. And on time OTA Updates
    And a flash player app

  • DaWaBZ94

    Native USB and WIFI tethering
    Native Audio equalizer
    Native FLAC
    Native divx support
    Native USB HOST (Mass storage and HID[mouse/kbd])
    Native bluetooth HID[mouse/kbd]
    Native theming
    Native app2sd
    Native “close app” without having to download taskman
    Better battery life
    Maybe Native Flash bu I do not really care abt Flash

    • Tim

      I agree on almost every point, here are my thoughts:

      Apps2SD is needed desperately. Android is better than iPhone, but we can’t get apps that are as nice as iPhone apps due to space limitations. Yes, I know a lot of apps are only 500K, but things like Google Earth are 25M (the size of 50 500K apps). Cardiotrainer is 7.2M, DocsToGo 8M, Swype 4.5M. My N1 is nearly full and this is a “hitting a brick-wall” problem, PLEASE fix it. My ‘superphone’ can’t be super if it has no app storage space available. HUGE problem that I can’t believe still exists at version 2.1

      Flash Player.. Flash might be nice, though I really don’t care much about it. Which is good, because of the problem above (I don’t have room to install it even if I wanted to).

      Implement hardware standards, kind of like MS did with WP7. A build of Android that kicks butt in general will suck if run on inadequate hardware. The average person doesn’t know much about hardware and will incorrectly conclude “Android sucks”.

      Add support for WMV video.

      Native audio EQ – I second that. It’s such a basic function even my $30 SanDisk Clip has it – but not my Android N1.

      The stock calendar app blows hard. You can’t set up things which repeat biweekly except via the web. Either improve it please, or open/document the API so someone else can develop a good, integrated Google calendar app.

      Now, after all that whining I gotta say – Android is quite good overall. But there’s definitely room for improvement, and to finish implementing some basic functionality. Hopefully they’ll do so, and soon!

  • jp0131

    well said people
    ANDROID NEEDS TO STEP UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Look at U

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      • Look at ME

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      • donkeyass

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      • Fagulastic donkey asstastica

        Maybe you should step up your mom’s availability. I need some more chronic.

  • Dr. Yusuf Al-Kindi

    DeeLirious is 100% on target! If the HTC HD2 was an Android phone, I would get it over any other current offering. I am considering the Google Nexus One, at the moment. On the other hand, the ihone is attractive simply because there are SOOOO many apps for it. I use Google voice all the time, so any phone I use has to have a good implementation of Google voice that will work over WiFi AND over the cellular Data service. I would like to see a flat rate, unlimited plan (unlimited data, Voice and Text) that with taxes with be $80. Sinec the question was about Android, not all of tmo, I would like to see a solid version of Open Office for Android, Thunderbird for Android, more games, GPS Apps so I do not get lost.

  • GregP

    More app development,
    Higher quality apps,
    Better media interface,
    File explorer on device,
    Better battery life on all devices,
    Full flash support,
    More linux

    • Alex V

      The app quality is up to the developers. Suck one.

      • Look at U

        Make that 2!

  • slimdoggy

    I see a lot of you havnt heard about the sprint evo yet… so ya should da a little research before ya comment

    • FutureGuyKnowsSoLittle

      … said the guy talking about Sprint on a T-mobile forum. Eat a dick

      • Jamil

        I personally think that Android is a great OS. And, yes, the Evo 4G looks to be the device to beat this summer (too bad it’s for Sprint). However, the Samsung Galaxy S (another Android phone) is also launching this summer. It’s GSM, so it’s either gonna land on T-Mobile or AT&T. In my opinion, it’s the ONLY phone that can compete with the Evo 4G. So, hope it comes to T-Mobile. But again, that’s just MY opinion – everyone’s got different preferences. Anyway, got off subject. Getting back to Android OS – The literally limitless customizations from replacement homescreens to widgets to status bar notifications, not to mention more free apps than any other OS, in my opinion, make Android the most desirable OS.

    • Go Home F@g

      1. Sprint sucks
      2. Have you used the EVO? You’ve confirmed that its all that it says it is? (oh wait… no, you cant because it’s not available)
      3. The ONLY good point you’re making here, in the most asshole way you could have, is that if HTC’s making the EVO for Sprint, then a variation or something like it will eventually hit T-mobile… OBVIOUSLY there will be more Snapdragon devices and OBVIOUSLY there will be some running Android
      4. The point you’re NOT getting because you’re too busy being a dick, is that all these people are saying are things they want in Android because as of RIGHT NOW, they don’t have it. Wait, so let me get this right: So what people WANT, HTC is putting into a FUTURE phone known as the EVO and other handsets? Well… sounds like we’re all on the same page then… except for the one asshole who’s too much of a fanboy and still had to piss on their fellow Android users. Dick.
      5. Good morning by the way, try to keep your fingers out of your ass.

      • …sigh…

        Wow you didnt really have to go innington on the poor guy? seems like some1 pissed on your dick

  • jnl813

    1. More internal memory like at least 8GB

    2. No more diff vers of Android – lets have all the same!

    3. Flash Player

    4. Apps, make them better quality!

    • FutureGuyKnowsSoLittle

      Yes, yes, yes and YES!

  • FutureGuyKnowsSoLittle

    My beef had always been w/ my device, not Android, even when I was stuck on 1.6 (technically still am even though I no longer use it).

    Had T-mo released a Snapdragon Android device, I wouldn’t have ran so fast to the HD2… which is an excellent handset. WinMo haters STFU, half you people don’t even know why people look down on WinMo to begin with, or else you’d realize a lot of those old stigmas are gone w/ HTC Sense UI.

    What I get out of my HD2 that my G1 was piss-poor at:
    Better email experience;
    better browsing experience (Opera);
    NO HANGING WHILE OPENING AN APP, or CLOSING AN APP, OR EVEN JUST TRYING TO GET TO THE NEXT SCREEN; (My G1 just sucked balls… programs running in the background would even give me a force close warning!!)
    Native apps for contacts/phonebook 1,000 times better (wow, built in support for contacts pictures… really? The G1 came with jack and shit and people still talk bad about WinMo? Are you kidding?);
    Oh, speaking of hardware: The 5MP cam w/ dual flash is an enlightening experience after using the G1’s dismal and totally useless camera

    Now, I will point out that: a> yes, again, my beef has always been more w/ the hardware; b> I only have experience w/ the G1 as an Android device; c> I don’t hate Android, but I really am more a Windows guy and didn’t realize how much I missed it until I got an HD2

    One last comment: It occured to me I don’t need a “google phone” even though I’m all google’d out (Gmail, Maps, iGoogle, Google Voice, etc). The only thing I’m really missing at this point is my Google Voice app… everything else I get just as easily on my HD2 (and to set-up Outlook w/ Gmail is a gift from the Gods. Excellent).

    • Don

      I call bullshit that Opera is better than webkit on Android 2.1. Also how can you compare the g1 to the HD2. Try comparing the Nexus One to the HD2 and see how many of those complaints you have are valid.

  • reallyupsettmouser

    google screwed the “paying” public by handicaping the terms to buy the nexus 1. in the process screwing them selves! had they made it open to all tmo people with existing plans..ie just let people upgrade to the new phone…the damm thing would be on permanet sell out with lines everywhere to get them! but no some moron with dollar $$’s for brains thought..lets just milk all of the last few people who dont have a freaking fone..handicap them on a crappy plan.. and screw all the loyal people that got us to this point. i have heard all of the tmo reps excuses about how its google this and google that. tmo owns the plan they put the n1 on.. and they even admit its crap!

    so if your listening google peeps…change the game to get the fone while anybody still cares to get one.

  • safil

    I agree w/ most but I have to say, I do love my Nexus One! I went from the original G1 I bought through preorder in Nov. 08! Rooted it and tethered it everywhere. My favorite thing about it was that it was open source and the community/forums were/are awesome and very supportive. Went to the Mytouch through preorder also. Rooted and rom’d too. Got my girlfriend the moto cliq just so i can play w/ it and root it too. Finally, got the nexus one at full price cause I believe it to be cheaper since i always upgrade my phones w/ the newest and greatest every few months so, wouldn’t make sense to get a contract extension only to break it. Not saying all this to brag but, to show my love and devotion for all things android! I must say, comparing the N1 to anything else is basically apples to oranges ( no pun intended)! The g1 and mytouch and cliq all pretty much ran on the same hardware. I know we’re supposed to talk about software here but, there is no use unless google does what microsoft did w/ the new winmo 7 software and demand the same hardware specs across the board! Having numerous vers. of android makes the apps developers schizo. When most android users are still on 1.6, it doesn’t make sense to make another app specifically for 2.1, so they just keep it at the lower vers. to keep everyone in the loop. Who suffers, we do. Also, flash, flash, flash, and/or better yet AIR!!!
    Google messed up when they only allowed you to buy a N1 through them, online. What will be the deal w/ verizon and att? If they’re gonna be able to sell them at retail stores, will tmo be able to also? The greatest android phone at there right now, the N1 needs to be pushed so everyone can see its potential. I’m telling you, just the speed alone and the fact that they’re are basically no force closes, Im just at awe. Everything zips! And w/ multitasking and multitouch this is def. the iphone executioner but, Google/TMO didn’t execute the marketing/phone effectively. One more thing, the marketplace for android is greatest of all cause most of the apps, specially the most important/popular one, are all FREE! For a year and a half on the market, android has come leaps and bounds compared to apple or any other os. Just keep up the good work. Oh and david, glad to see you’re still doing your thing and luvin how the site is looking and the direction ur taking it. Good luck and this is the 3rd site i check every morning out of my top 10 tech sites!

    • Lindsay Vonn

      What drugs are you on? The Android market place is a joke compared to Apples. Are you really using the same thing as everyone else? Have you ever owned an iphone? NO

      • kyle

        Have you ever owned a nexus one?

      • safil

        In what way? I get everything i need for free and w/o censorship or apple/google sticking their nose in the process. Tethering, seesmic, etc. Granted, we don’t have all the most popular apps yet but, we haven’t been around that long. Why r u even in this forum defending iphone? I luv a good debate but, just coming in and stating random things w/o facts. ANd yes, I still do have an iphone and im writing this on a macbook pro 17 unibody. But i don’t let the products i own dictate my loyalty to brand, douche. Go troll somewhere else…

  • Scott

    As a Nexus One owner I would just be satisfied for reliable 3G performance, no dropped calls and touch screen that worked.

  • David

    Uhm, how about multitouch?
    and uhhh.


  • dave d

    I have read most comments and i would agree with native video player that is missing in android. when i say native i mean i want it to play every video format out of the box that would be nice. wifi calling would be nice if they included it on every android but thats hardware plus google voice can take care of that. the last thing i think they could improve the multitasking maybe limited the number of things it can do but always leave enough memory if u want to open and app it have the resource to do it at the spot and not have to close things before it opens that app.

  • cu2cool

    I loved my google phone (MT3G) on TMo. I too had problems with the hardware specs mainly. It was too slow for my taste. Really, what’s the point of having multi-tasking capability if you get incredible lag when you run two apps at once? I haven’t tried out the N1, but the price tag was just too high for me. On the HD2 now, but I do sometimes miss Android.

    What I would like to see in Android:

    1.) The option to upgrade to any version of Android OS.
    2.) The option to turn off visual effects that would make OS 2.1 run slow on the MT3G and other non-N1 devices. Kinda like switching off Windows Aero.
    3.) Better music player and photo viewer
    4.) Optional SenseUI Theme for all versions
    5.) Better soft keyboard, compare to iphone’s PLEASE
    6.) Smoother scrolling, compare to iphone’s PLEASE. I know every one keeps saying how smooth the scrolling is, but when I look at the iphone’s scrolling and zooming, it looks way more smoother than in Android and WinMo. Hardware issue?
    7.) Faster boot time (on the MT3G at least)
    8.) Better widgets that don’t slow down the phone
    9.) Downloadable maps for Google Nav.
    10.) Native rooted phone

  • Eddie R.

    I want the latest software…mt3g user…when iphone drops an OS all handsets get the update..but I love android OS customization compared to iphone

  • Eddie R.

    Oh and a better browser…I use opera bcuz it has a fullscreen option…with the mt3g I dnt have much screen real esate :-(…but I’m still on contract….

  • Patrick

    1 – Swype lol…it truly IS amazing(why not just make it downloadable in the market place?)
    2 – I agree with the downloadable Navigation Maps…that would make life so much more awesome.
    3 – More compatibility as far as music/video goes
    4 – Apps2sd built-in
    5 – Better memory management and power management
    6 – Better camera app…cause the native one SUCKS testicles lol

    That’s really all I can think of right now.

    • J

      Swype will be downloadable. I downloaded it to my MyTouch yesterday for a beta test trial.

  • Rick

    Oi hope when 2.5 drops that it unifies all the phones. I sincerely hope that the market and music player get sedious overhauls.

  • the_stranger

    Looks like Android still has a ways to go after reading this…. I would need to be able to synch with Exchange, calendar, tasks, email everything before considering Android.

  • Sanjay

    I would like the next Android phone to have the WM 7 operating system LOL :)


    I know this is not software related but include dtv turner in the hardware

  • joe

    How about a revamped market . its boring to look at and search. make the interface better and unique. have an option where the older apps get shuffle with new ones not just when they are updated. please stop making dumb apps like fart …. apps . its a waste of space and ignorant. more quality apps please …… I agree with 2.1 released new phones with no less that the latest android OS and give 2.1 to every phone running old android OS …NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    p.s please google dont wait till apple trumps all over android .release 2.1 before summer to all phone and require all handset manufacturer to run faster processors. so in future updates we dont have to buy a new phone for 3.0 android.

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  • J

    Most of the complaints seem hardware or app development related, but here are mine:

    1. Capability to utilize VoIP.
    2. Ability to save apps to SD.
    3. Force close issue resolved (though I believe it to be more hardware related)
    4. Improved flash and multimedia player built into the browser.
    5. Improved memory and power management.
    6. More personalization of the on-screen keyboard. (being able to configure what symbols are displayed for instance).
    7. Improved Email/Exchange client standard as well as office support.
    8. Improved personalization of home page and menu system. Downloadable UIs for instance.

    I would also like to see more apps included, but thats really not a knock on Android. I also want to see more (non-crap) apps added, but thats all on the developers. With Android being way more widespread, it is only a matter of time before this happens. I get to test a lot of phones, and I’ve gotten attached to the Android OS.

  • Laont

    1. Language toggle key on keyboard
    2. Ability to change the DNS server information independently of the IP address. Be more flexible in the advance setting on the WiFi options.
    3. Calls to a same number should be displayed just once on the Call log tab, a number indicating the amount of calls, and maybe an option to see the history will be more convenient that seeing the same contact multiple times.
    4. Answer the phone with one touch on the screen, the slide thing is like too much work.
    5. Call a contact when touch on its name, keep the rest of the options (call, info, text)when you touch the pic, like it is now; but when I touch the name I should be calling the person not being directed over a new screen with the contact info. This is so redundant.

  • J

    The HD2 W/ Android 4.3 Screen HDMI 2.1 ( or higher. ) I demand Flash! ( And the ability to play HULU and other sites on the run.) sleek and slim like the HD2

  • Winmoalso

    In a word, printing. Doesn’t anyone want to print a document from their device?

  • Kristjan

    i like the apps2sd idea, thats good.
    i want a better media interface, the native android Media sucks.
    thats pretty much it, everything else is not such a big deal, i don’t need 150k apps that do nothing important so its okay

  • TomCruise

    – more choices with banking applications (like citi, chase)
    – better media player
    – K-9 is good, but it’ll be good to have another email client application

  • Granddaddy G1

    I absolutely love skype…all i want is a great camera on the same side as my screen so we can get a great skype app going and you really can have skype everywhere you go!!!

  • bg

    1. Focus on the features that make sense for the mass consumer market.

    IE. a one button press when docked that’ll sync it all like an iPhone. I mean everything including data, addresses, etc, etc. down to the last bit.
    Got off the phone yesterday after a heated discussion with a friend that works at Google. Says they are putting the most requested features at the top of their to-do list, and working their way down. Limited resources, thus a list.

    Okay, maybe that’s believable with other smaller companies, but with the market cap of Google and the deep pockets? That’s like saying the US military doesn’t have enough bombs.

    So what do they do instead?
    One look at the Google blog and they’ve manged to erase vowels on April 1st, start up a basketball spreadsheet for the season, and other ‘silly’ time-wasting things.

    Friend’s reasoning as well is the 100% sure backups aren’t what users are asking for. Yeah, right. That’s like saying if you buy stuff at Macy’s, Target, etc. you don’t mention easy returns at the #1 reason you shop there. But, for most consumers, it’s important even though you hardly use it.


    Piece of mind. Simple as that. I don’t want to be messing with a special app like my friend says just to backup the whole mess (and then realize later I didn’t do it right). Jobs is super-smart in making sure their iPhones are fully sync’d with every dock, and that’s Proactive thinking on behalf of their consumers.
    Make consumers lives easier, not harder.

    Thus, as much as my silly friend thinks he’s right, what’s right for Android moving forward into the mass market is to put in features that other phones have to dummy-proof, protect, and ensure the user’s piece of mind and data.

    2. Come up with a ‘better’ reason than ‘it’s customizable’! as one selling point.

    You can say that about iPhones, S60 Nokias, Mameo N900’s, Windows Mobiles, etc.
    But where does all of that go? consumers endlessly ‘tweaking’ their phones, but getting little of value actually accomplished. (one reason RIM is still #1 in that regard for the business world)

    Yes, it might be fun to crash the phone a few times, upgrade a few dot releases every month, and look at the glossiness. But after awhile, what if I want super-rock-solid messaging? phones that run 24/7 w/o crashing for months? something that just works? android doesn’t have that yet because it’s still honestly in continuous beta.

    And look at the apps – yes, you’ve got Gmail and Gmaps running nicely on them. er, they were also running fine for most as Java apps prior. difference? Honestly, Google could easily program the apps to run on alternative platforms today.
    so again, real benefit to the consumer is what?…. duplication for duplication’s sake?

    Only thing that happens with so much fragmentation of the mobile market is a larger number of platforms for IT to support, so many alternative apps to install, etc. Inefficient.

    3. Lock things down in place.
    Icons, etc. keep moving about dot version to the next. Like there was no long-term plan in place at all. No design document or architecture plan. Makes it crazy for regular consumerrs to find things. (no wonder verizon even tries to standardize menus across their basic phones…)
    Customization by the user is fine, but a basic standard platform that stays from dot release to the next for beginners to start with.

    4. Add keyboards. Increase stability.
    from a useablity standpoint, my flip phone with Gmail, Opera Mini, Gmaps runs just fine. for months on end w/o a crash or reboot. And the basic T9 keyboard entry lets me text on the go with easy and superior accuracy and speed.
    They need to focus on real-keyboards that actually let the user enter data efficiently, on the go, and on the first try. touch-screens just don’t do it for that – and they easily let the user input an incorrect entry (big mistake for business usage! suddenly, that No button becomes a Yes button for that big sale? try explaining that to the boss…) Physical triggers are the only way to ensure you activate/enter what you want.
    Stabilize the platform as well. Can crash more than a Windows XP SP3 machine, which means Android is pretty bad right now as a mobile OS. My flip phone runs months and months w/o a reboot, if ever at all. Is it too much to ask a billion dollar company to hire 1-2 peeps to focus on reliability?

    5. stop the dot release mess across phones!
    everything needs to run in lock-step. 2.x comes out, everyone gets it – not just a few phones at a time.

  • jlp

    I’d love to see the top 10 or 20 issues from this list http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/list actually get fixed, or at least addressed by the android developers.

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  • meanmcclean

    Most of the complaints that most everyone has on here today can be solved by rooting your phone and flashing a different version of android. Hell i’ve been running 2.1 since February on my G1 and the latest build is fantastic. i have stayed up to date or even before date with software upgrades. no they aren’t from the manufacturer but who cares they bog the OS down with BS I don’t use anyways. I can tweak my device to my liking and that is what the OPEN in opensource is all about isn’t it? I would love to get my hands on a N1 but yeah the price point is stupid ridiculous right now especially for a pre-ordered G1/Google fanboy if you will. Eh, money will come and I may eventually purchase an N1 to get a “Manufacturers” experience of 2.1 but as of right now the best features of the build work perfectly well on my almost 2 year old G1. to all complaining about hardware deficiencies on a software poll suck a dick, read before posting and use your damn devices, make them better with the plentiful options out there and stop waiting for the manufacturer to do it for you, the power of android.

    Or just wait for a device that has what you think you want in it and purchase that. Either way within 6 months something better will be available but again there are means to reap the benefits.

  • meanmcclean

    P.S. Thank you to all the devs and your hard work which makes Android one of the most enjoyable experiences that I have had with a Smartphone. Forgive these newbies that just don’t understand go back to your sidekicks. smdh to those with beneficial ideas, thank you.

  • cirrob

    when i did own a nexus one rhe reason i returned it was because the damn os has no desktop syncing apparatus. i use my windows phone because most of my apps have a desktop companion that syncs the data between the mobile app and the desktop app. android insists that I do everything on the web. that means I have to visit add support websites or pay a subscription to view my data on my desktop. well neither of those options are appealing to me. if developers had a syncing apparatus I could buy the developers desktop app as well and my data would automatically be in sync without the hassle of visiting a damn website for large screen viewing and manipulation. other than that I would ask for the ability to sync the native databases such as calendar contacts and tasks with outlook instead of google, since google’s answer to outlook is pathetic at best.

  • Jim

    Full implementation of ActiveSync. If Google wants to really get Android into the business world, they indeed to include full support for syncing with Exchange Servers not just email and tasks. I realize that there are 3rd party addons that accomplish this, but as someone who supports business IT initiatives, I’m not recommending a device that doesn’t have full ActiveSync support out of the box.

  • Rik

    I want to see Bluetooth handsfree call origination similar to what I had years ago with Windows mobile and Microsoft Voice Command. I do not want to have to touch the phone to make a call when driving.

  • Randy

    I personally love all that is android! I sometimes get frusterated with all the force close issues and lack of updates but at the same time ide rather them take there time and fix all the problems wich unfortunitly they don’t do they choose to release updates with more bugs in it then orignal lol anyways what I would like to see is more customisable “themes” give the devs access to modify all that is available why have any restrictions?
    We need more companies producing quality apps and game for instance maybe t-mobile and google? Concidering they are basically the founders…
    I would personally love to see the htc hd2 with android on it ide buy that in a heart beat!
    Just to much room for improvment I could write a list 300 pages long but that goes for anything cuase everyhing can always be improved its just about living with what you have and being greatfull for it =)

  • Nelson

    I want UMA connectivity !!!!! do you hear me ? I want UMA, I feel like I am tied to my Blackberry 9700 because of UMA.

    Second, I want the ability to make a Hotspot out of it, so I can connect an IPad through it

  • Youngmula303

    3.7″-4″ screens are becoming the norm
    mobile hotspot, for FREE
    better email system, like rim’s
    updated sense ui
    more applications
    5+ mega-pixel front-facing camera
    integrated contacts (facebook,skye, twitter accounts, etc.) should also be standard
    3.5mm headphone jack-seriously this should be standard on all new phones
    amoled screen with anti-glare capabilities, and friendly in the sun
    across all carriers-spread the android love
    physical keys (home, back, search, end, call) but mostly touchscreen
    8 megapixel camera with 720p video capture at 26+ fps
    dual led flash
    skype video calls
    international phone capabilities
    sexy, sleek form factor (perfect htc phone currently would be the style of the legend with the power of the desire)
    built by a company with a strong mobile background (htc)

    These would be necessary changes to take over the mobile industry world and deliver content to consumers that they deserve.

  • Mic

    1: More slider models. Touch screen typing can do OK for some things, but for serious message sending, nothing beats a physical keyboard. Else, Blackberry would be out of business.

    2: Snapdragon quality CPUs. The advantage that Android enjoys is the ability to have background tasks. So, it requires a CPU to keep up with them.

    3: A task killer utility as part of the OS. A lot of programs don’t exit, but just sit in memory doing nothing and taking up room.

    4: Ability to install apps on the SD card. a2sd is an ideal solution.

    5: Real encryption of user data. Create a key when the phone is first initialized and the filesystems made, then use this to loopback encrypt the data filesystem. This way, if someone steals the phone and hard resets it, the data user data will definitely not be recoverable.

    6: Ability to store user data on SD cards encrypted. EncFS is the perfect candidate for this because it would require no partitioning, but provide excellent security.

    7: Enterprise level security with Exchange. Remote wipe, wipe if the phone hasn’t been on the network, wipe if too many passwords entered, or wipe after a certain date (say a contract is ending.)

    8: Better development tools. It would be nice to write Android apps in Flash for those who don’t want to deal with all the message passing issues.

    9: An app like Droidwall part of the Android OS. This way a user can set only apps he/she wants to go out, even after install.

    10: Some sort of antivirus/IDS. The blackhats are only warming up, and it is only a matter of time before they find a way to compromise a device. I recommend hardening Web browsers so they not just run in their own UID, but perhaps in a chroot jail for even better isolation.

  • Eric

    We need the SAMSUNG GALAXY S! My dream phone, and will put tmobile in close competition with AT&T and the iphone DONT WE WANT THAT?! I hate ATT!

  • simon

    standardize the keyboard no matter what locale you use, fix it just like apple does, make it a true international device!!!

    optimize the kernel, make it smoother, do not make excuses by using more RAM or CPU speed.

  • simon

    one more, search-able apps on market on the webbrowser, instead of looking it up on a tiny screen…

  • eJAY

    Ok here are a few things!


  • Sukit

    Droid needs to add a mouth, so it could at least suck.