Better feature improvements for the Android-Phone

Basic Feature Improvements to the Android Phone

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The Android phones on the market now are, for the most part, quality smart-phones, but as the future marches on with an army of new Android-phones. ¬†As first-generation devices, they’ve served their purpose well – sketching out the turf for second and third-generation Android phones to shine.¬†Listed are some of the features that Google should fix as soon as possible, to ensure that.

With the unveiling of Android 2.0 in Motorola’s new DROID phone, we see that some of these have already been promised. As for the rest…we can only hope that Google understands the needs of its user base.

When your own programs like Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Earth work better on your main competitor’s OS than on yours, you can tell there’s a problem. The iPhone has full Google Earth functionality, while Android phones on the market now are lacking in this department. Gmail on the Android phones, similarly, only allows one mail account per phone. With many people holding multiple accounts for business, personal, or sites that you know will send spam, functionality for multiple Gmail accounts seems essential. Likewise, Google Maps should be completely pimped out on the new Android 2.0. Rumor has it that the DROID lets you use your phone like a turn-by-turn GPS system – this is what we’re talking about.

AIM that works! Real-time chat programs are somewhat lacking in current incarnations of Android, and we need more than one window open at a time. We need to be able to set away messages. The point of AIM is that we can easily chat with lots of different people at once. With that in mind, we should also be able to sync our contacts together between AIM, our contacts list, Facebook, and any other site. It’s been said that DROID does that, so we’ll have to see how it works.

If the Android phone is marketed as a tool to browse the web, then it should be able to browse the entire web. The Android OS needs to have Flash and PDF support built in. Naysayers may say that there are apps for that, but apps shouldn’t be a crutch or an excuse for a bad OS. Apps should be optional elements – the Android OS should contain everything essential to browse the web, and Flash and PDF are essential.

While this is a long shot, we would all love to see multitouch functionality on Android phones. You know, the sexy double-fingered zoom feature that is all the rage on the iPhone? It’s been said that the new Android 2.0 OS supports multitouch, as does the screen of Motorola’s DROID, but due to pending copyright issues, the phone itself isn’t equipped to use it.

We want a phone that we can use to record video, then connect to our TVs and play! Smart phones are becoming more and more like digital cameras, so why not go all the way? Video out functionality and corresponding abilities to shoot video would only help Android.

These feature improvements are only a fraction of what passionate users of Android phones have on their wish lists this Christmas. The DROID is the latest attempt by Google to fulfill these expectations. Its aggressive “Droid Does” campaign tapped Android users’ desire for a great alternative to the iPhone, and if all measures are correct, it’s definitely succeeded. The processor speed is equivalent to all the best phones on the market, syncing functionality is improved, and the software aesthetic is much more polished and modern. One of the most exciting software updates has to do with the turn-by-turn directional functionality, which single-handedly sent leading GPS manufacturers’ stocks plummeting. All reviews suggest that the DROID is easily the best Android phone yet, and time will tell how well it sells.

Whether you’re an avid Android user who loves your phone so much you want it to be perfect, or you’re on the sidelines holding out Google to improve Android enough for you to buy it, one thing is for sure. Android provides some of the best customization options out there. With Motorola’s DROID phone offering improved features, even if it doesn’t prove to be an “iPhone killer,” it is definitely a serious competitor, and what’s more, it’s a great phone. Android users will be pleased, and the DROID may just win you over to Google’s side of the mobile phone market.

Which features are on your wishlist this Christmas ?

  • John Rawlins

    Well I dont think Ill run down and trade in meh Iphone just yet!

    RT

  • Droid User

    I’m convinced that the person reading this article has not yet used a Droid (android 2.0) phone. Your attempt to write an article about the “needs of its user base” seems more like the interests of the author.

    Gmail- Allows multiple accounts on droid
    Google Earth?- Who uses that its all about Google Maps and the way Android 2.0 combines GPS navigation, voice commands and Google Maps can not be touched by any other device on the market today

    Flash- Built into 2.0 browser capabilities

    PDF- So what if you need an app for it isn’t that the point of a Web OS phone? The entirety of the android’s “User Base” does not need PDF capabilities. You mentioned PDF capability while talking about browsing the web, another poorly written point.

    Multitouch- Proof again that you haven’t used this phone. Dolphin Browser is the recommended browser for the android OS and fully supports multitouch zoom as well as other gestures.

    Video Out- Not a need of the user base. In fact the way that the user base uses video on such a phone is uploading to youtube and other online communities which the android does flawlessly.

    Thank you for an objective conclusion to this rather subjective article. When comparing the DROID to the iPhone, a device that has been around for the better part of 2 years you should look at capabilities of the iPhone when it initially launched. Lets not forget the iPhone lacked the ability to copy/paste. We saw over time how the iPhone developed providing innovations that fit the users needs.

    Were talking about Google the company that promotes open sourcing and open beta testing for all of its applications. Apple’s application development is locked tight leaving less room for innovation. I look forward to the future of the Android. Hopefully following the path of success that many of their past projects have seen.

  • ed

    On my G1 there is a navigation option for Google Maps which gives turn by turn directions. It is in beta but the few times I have used it, it has worked well (with the exception that it really eats up the battery but that is more the phone).

  • noslodecoy

    We want better authors who have a basic knowledge of the subject they’re writing about.

    This is a most likely a ripped-off article from a small blog from 6 months ago. You can have multiple gmail accounts, it does support multi-touch, it’s not a RUMOR about turn-by-turn navigation. There is no “it is said”, or “it is rumored” about it. Most of these features are available or will be available in the near future with as little as a software update.

  • DroidRocks

    The writer of this article has no clue what they are talking about. They obviously have not used the Droid. For someone writing for Android Geek I would expect them to have hands on experience with all Android devices.

  • bishop

    Obviously this person has never used or even really read up on the DROID. Droid user has it spot on. The only thing he/she didn’t really talk about was Flash support and that has NOTHING to do with Google or the Android community. Flash is a third party language from Adobe. Adobe has promised multiple release dates for Flash support on the Android platform, including a promise for Flash support when the Droid shipped, but has never delivered. The newest ship date is first quarter 2010. Also if you want to talk about Flash support the iPhone does not have and will never have real Flash support because Apple has decided the way Flash, and many other programs work, is not allowed in its ecosystem. The only reason you have Flash support at all on the iPhone is because its hacked to work and if i am not mistaken you need to have a jailbroken phone for that to even work.

    As for PDF support i can name 3 free PDF viewers available in the Android marketplace that work just fine.

    As for multitouch the device is totally capable. The legal reasons (caused by Apples claims) are the only reason it is not enabled. As Droid user said Dolphin is already miles ahead of Safari mobile and support multitouch and gestures. I would be willing to bet that once Android 2.0 is finally Rooted you will quickly see multitouch enabled throughout the device.

    Now if you want to talk reality, you should try using the device first. And if you really want to compare features and capabilities try not confusing a jailbroken iPhone with a stock one. Then compare it to the capabilities of a stock Android 2.0 device. You will quickly see that Android has so much more to offer its out of control. That is of course some kid who just wants the cool new toy.

    Ohh i forgot to mention the major security issues with iPhones, default ssh idiots and the new SpyPhone app. Also it is getting harder and harder to jailbreak an iPhone. A stock iPhone is so crippled its crazy. Of course i am also not getting into AT&T’s issues with spotty service, 3G or EDGE, and constantly dropped calls. I had a Blackberry on ATT for work in the area outside NYC so i know all about their network issues and had more dropped calls in a week then i have ever had on Verizon. Consumer report just rated AT&T the worst wireless carrier in the country across the board. Good job AT&T, way to fall behind T-Mobile!

  • I reckon droid phone will take over.

  • Multiple accounts in the GMail app would be handy, on AIM and other apps it would be nice if multiple windows were handled more gracefully.

  • Google is waiting for Apple to come out with those features first! s