Android 5.0 Jelly Bean: Top 5 Must-Have’s


Android 5.0 is big news, and in the coming months as we learn more about it, I’m sure there will be quite a few things to get excited about.  I have a feeling that some things might be missing, no matter how hard I dream about them, but here they are; the 5 things I want to see from Android 5.0, Jelly Bean

5 Tabbed Google Apps for Tablets

I don’t know about you, but I used Gmail labels to their maximum potential.  A lot of that is lost on my device because it’s just too hard to switch between them.  Sure, I can place Gmail label widgets on my home screen and that works well enough, but it’s still more effort than is necessary.  Google, take a page from Mozilla’s Thunderbird and make a tabbed interface for everyone’s favorite mail client!  Don’t stop there!  We want the same functionality for Google Reader too.

4 Full x86 support

This one should go without saying.  Android is a reasonable candidate for a desktop OS for those that have limited needs as far as productivity in concerned.  If I used a computer purely for entertainment, I would use Android.  My wife would too.  At least then I would be able to watch Netflix…

3 Launcher options

Making folders anywhere, even in the dock, is a real boon for Android users; especially those who use the platform for real productivity.  But that’s not enough.  What about the ability to re-size icons and widgets, in a scaleable, and useable way.  How about giving us the ability to re-size the grid itself!  I like to keep it simple, so things like Trebuchet are not completely up my alley, but then again, some features are just no-brainers.  Just let me put anything, anywhere, and arrange it how I like it!

2 Real Google Docs support

No web apps in a wrapper.  Give us a proper front-end for what is the best and most convenient productivity suite in the world.  Give us a single-document widget so that we can place a single document on a home screen.  As far as managing a “honey-do” list, there would be nothing easier than this.

1 Support for devices older than 18 months

This should go without saying.  Android users stick behind their devices and the Android operating system.  For most manufacturers, support ends at the date of purchase.  If you get an update for your Motorola, Samsung or other, it’s about 1 year too late.  Those lucky enough to have official Google hardware are still not properly represented.  Sure, Google gives you your update, and for a few months you feel like the king if the hill, but what about 1 year later?  The Nexus One, arguably the world’s first “super-phone” is proof.  With 512MB of RAM and a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, it’s still a great device.  Even the Nexus S doesn’t trump it in the RAM department– the most important ingredient— and yet still has official support for Ice Cream Sandwich.  The iPhone 3GS and it’s minuscule 256MB of RAM still officially supports iOS 5.0.1.

C’mon Google, get with the program.


About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
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  • littlenoodles

    1. Multiuser support. Tablets are not ‘personal’ devices. I want to log on and have my own default email and facebook accounts, bookmarks and yes, Words with Friends games. This is the main reason I almost never use the Android tablet on my coffee table. It’s not mine, it’s ours, and neither of us uses it because neither of us wants the other logged in to our accounts automatically. It stinks.

    • Tom Nardi

      I don’t disagree with the idea of multi-user support, but not so sure I buy the idea of tablets not being “personal” devices. I would say the majority of tablet owners are individuals.

      Sure another person in the household may play with it occasionally, but I don’t see a whole family actually “sharing” a tablet with individual apps and files. At least, everyone I know with a tablet certainly considers it their personal device.

      • Alwayschaotic

        If they ever want to be viable and break the school market they will turn multi-user

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  • FanlessTech

    I’ll be happy with less bugs.

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    • oakgrove

      This is the stupidest criticism I have ever seen for a tech product. Please have your head examined.

      • SubZer0

        I agree with the poster. Its useless releasing new smartphones by the same manufacturer every month. It makea them hard to quickly roll out new updates of firmware. What they can do is release about 4 to 5 devices at once per year with a good range of price tags. Its useless to make a new device just to add some new music player. They can do this with a OTA update.

        • oakgrove

          If it’s so “useless” that must mean Samsung, the company most notorious for fast iteration isn’t making any money right? Right? Your comment is useless.

          • anonymous

            Why be a jerk? Your avatar says it all.

        • Artimus

          It’s definitely not useless in the sense that it makes manufacturers a whole lot of money.

          It does, on the other hand, suck for the consumer. Releasing new phones instead of supporting the old ones for longer via OTA updates is just a ploy to push us into new hardware as quick as possible.

          That’s the name of the game.

  • daneren2005

    1) Google has little control over this. I’m sure they had trouble getting them to agree to 18 months
    2) Has nothing to do with a new Android version
    3) Has very little to do with new Android versions. The default launcher isn’t what is used by 99% of Android users because of manufacturers changes
    4) Your one valid point to ask for
    5) Once again, has nothing to do with a new version.

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