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10 Ways Google Must Improve Android

Google's upcoming Android "L" version introduces improvements including Android for Work and stronger app security. But Google still has plenty of gaps to fill.
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SaneIT
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7/10/2014 | 7:13:45 AM
Re: Reducing the number of versions
If you aren't updating iOS on your iPhone as soon as the latest version comes out then you have got to be part of a tiny minority.  Every time a new iOS version comes out that's all I hear for a week is how something changed when they upgraded and now they can't figure out what went wrong.
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7/10/2014 | 12:54:53 AM
Re: 10 Ways Google Must Improve Android
"First would be STABILITY in the software of the cell phone itself. Every time there's an update the freaking Phone functions change!  How to EDIT contacts is a god-awful nightmare without always calling some one inadvertently. "

David, frequent updation about the OS is very much required in competitive world. Apple is also doing the same thing frequently.  In frequent updation Google always have an edge, we can update the OS, if our hardware supports it. But in Apple such updation are difficult.
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7/10/2014 | 12:48:57 AM
Re: Interoperatability
"I am not saying it is a bad thing for us that Apple has such wide support, but I am saying it is a bad thing for Google, as a competitor. I agree that interoperability and cross-platform support is mandatory for any mobile management product out there today. But Google needs to step up its game to make sure it has as large a share of support among the MDM providers as Apple does."

Rodney, you are right. Since Google is a major player, its Interoperability will help only the competitors.
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7/9/2014 | 7:34:10 PM
Re: Reducing the number of versions
I have and android tablet and an iphone i'm pretty satisfied with both.  the benefits of android is that I'm in control of the different features and seating.  I heard stories that after upgrading your iphone, apple changes some setting automatically.  Since the enterprise demands different challenge it will take them time to adjust.
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7/7/2014 | 2:15:00 PM
10 Ways Google Must Improve Android
I have two humbler wishes for Android.

 

First would be STABILITY in the software of the cell phone itself. Every time there's an update the freaking Phone functions change!  How to EDIT contacts is a god-awful nightmare without always calling some one inadvertently.  NEXUS 4 by Google makes this inexcusable. Worse, consider NEEDING three ways to call someone:

(A) Numbers called from the US may require a "011 + country code +1 + area code + The Number."

(B) Calling that same number in their country might require just "The Number"

(C) Calling that person from elsewhere might require "00 + country code + The Number"

Here is the problem: The Android OS on a Google Nexus 4 is endlessly CHANGING one's contacts.

If all three esxamples above are entered as SEPARATE contacts, Android will conflate them anyway!

so re-dialing example A  may result in a wrong dialing pattern like B or C being actually dialed.

This is no good. It is an example of Google being TOO CLEVER to identify common elements of a phone number as only one and the same contact.  Not helpful and a huge pain. I'd like a dumber MORE PRREDICTABLE Android for basic phone service.

Second, support for external Human Interface devices like keyboards and mice.

Today's Andrid phones have huge screens; Android Tablets have even larger screens. They are tempting to use as laptops. It would be very nice to have a golbal control for how a mouse moves accross an Android screen, MUCH BETTER TEXT SELECTION CUT/COPY/PASTE when using a mouse. What is desired is the ability to assign keyboard keys and combinations (like vestigial F1... F7... F12 keys) to more meaningful purposes inside an Android app.  At the very least, better support for BlueTooth mice.

Clearer standards for NFC would be nice too... oh well.
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7/7/2014 | 10:28:53 AM
Battery sucking knox
If every android phone has battery sucking knox on it then I will knot be buying any more android phones.  I pay for my own phone.  It has nothing to do with my company and I don't want this software on my phone.  I switched to android because i didn't like apple telling me what I could and could not install on my phone, but android is kind of the opposite where oem's and carriers install stuff I don't want and won't allow me to remove it.  That's actually worse.  

I'll be switching to IOS or windows phone when my contract is up on my junk s4.  Goodbye samsung and all your horrible bloatware and your awful touchwiz interface.  
Rodney Brown
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7/7/2014 | 8:40:10 AM
Re: Interoperatability
Gigi3, I am not saying it is a bad thing for us that Apple has such wide support, but I am saying it is a bad thing for Google, as a competitor. I agree that interoperability and cross-platform support is mandatory for any mobile management product out there today. But Google needs to step up its game to make sure it has as large a share of support among the MDM providers as Apple does.
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7/7/2014 | 8:37:13 AM
Re: WebOS
Inverse137, what I am really saying is exactly what I said -- I miss that functionality of WebOS. But that being said, I will also argue your contention that WebOS is as outdated as DOS. I still have my HP TouchPad, and I can still do everything on it that I do on my smart phone, except make phone calls.
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7/7/2014 | 7:35:18 AM
Reducing the number of versions
I'm not sure this is such a great idea.  I hear people complain about all of the different versions of Android but what I rarely ever see is a good reason for that complaining.  I have multiple Android devices that run multiple OS versions and one in particular is ancient in hardware terms but it still runs nearly every app I want to run.  I also have old first and second generation iPhones that are pretty much frozen in time because the OS can't be upgraded and that means you can't even install new apps from the app store.  Not everyone needs or even wants the latest OS and all the latest apps.  Some of use just want things to work and not have to worry about them.
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7/7/2014 | 4:46:05 AM
Interoperatability
"Well, maybe Will Smith isn't so keen on android upgrades. But with Apple's iOS already being supported by 90% of all businesses surveyed in a recent study by JAMF Software, it is clear that Google's mobile operating system needs some serious adjustments if it is going to be a dominant player in enterprise mobility."

Rodney, it's important that cross platform support and interoperatability has to be support by all platforms for seamless operation.  This is one of the basic requirements from business community. Nobody want to get in to lock in system with any particular platform or OS or software.
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