the latest milestone in the evolution of Google’s mobile operating system is Android 13. After the design update in Android 12, the system has been improved and has reached an extraordinary level of maturity. Although users are missing some features from both iOS and Android, but in reality Android and iOS are almost complete operating systems, but still we hope to get some additional features and in this article we are looking at the case of the upcoming Android 14.
Android is no exception to the rule that everything can be improved. We have to wait to see what features Android 14 will bring and how the system will evolve, and what new features will be introduced next year. However, in this article I will show what I hope to see when Android 14 is released.
The list of features we want Android 14 to deliver
Android fragmentation has always been a problem, and some manufacturers have a history of being slow to release updates. Google Play Services helped to some extent, but it would be nice to be able to use the latest versions on older phones. Google needs to motivate manufacturers to maintain device updates for a longer period of time.
As for the variations in other aspects of the system, we can argue that the range of customization layers enriches the ecology of Android, and we even make suggestions that eventually make it a pure version. Personally, I think there is a balance to be found when it comes to design.
A new revolution in design
Android’s improved design is thanks to Google’s Material You design language. The theme it gives is extensive and noticeable throughout the mobile operating system, but needs to be developed further.
For example, the themed icons sometimes confuse us, which is why Google had to change them. Material You’ve obviously influenced the notification area and quick settings, but the layout of this section is starting to look the same and has very comparable features. In this regard, the design evolves by giving us the option to choose the background color we want to use in the quick settings, adding a more unique touch and avoiding the use of constant black (whether you use a dark theme or not).
Full system backup
Although Android’s backup mechanism has greatly improved, it still falls short of what Apple’s system has to offer. Yes, we can create backups using Google Drive and other apps like Google Photos, but there is no specific program for this.
Android needs a thorough backup system that seamlessly syncs user accounts, wallpapers, apps, and other data so that the new phone is ready to use as soon as it’s turned on. It will arrive eventually, and I hope it will work with any Android phone, regardless of make or model.
Better image and video quality on social media
The quality of images and videos posted on social media from an Android phone is unsatisfactory, that’s a fact. I envy iOS when I look at the quality of stuff posted from the iPhone. Like the competitors, I want the images of my kittens to be uploaded without loss of quality.
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It’s time for Google to seriously work with developers to address this issue, which is affecting many video makers after failed attempts like CameraX. This is one of the main features of iOS that does not exist in Android. A lot of people have this desire, and while it’s not really an Android problem, it could use some refinement.
We want better camera performance in third-party apps like Instagram and Snapchat, just like what’s available on iOS. Google should work in this direction with smartphone manufacturers and third-party developers to improve the user experience.
Better desktop mode
Mountain View has been working on creating a desktop mode or PC mode for Android for some time, but it was never officially launched. This was discovered once again in the initial Android 13 update for the Google Pixel and is a really useful feature.
With the current power of modern phones, we could run virtually any application as if it were a full computer, so arriving at your desk and leaving the mobile phone in a docking station to start working on it would be a big leap forward in productivity .
Improved connectivity between mobile devices and computers
Although not natively supported, sharing content between a computer and a mobile device is possible. As an illustration, I usually use Microsoft Edge or Telegram when I want to forward a link from my phone. Owners of Apple devices, however, have it simpler. This helps me at work.
In this sense, a solution would require an unlikely collaboration between Microsoft and Google. However, many of us would find it useful to have our own feature in both operating systems. This would make it easier to share links, copy text, paste it, send photos and videos, transfer files and other tasks. We have alternatives because Android has solutions for many needs, but nothing compares to having a native option.
New and unified Widget design
Since I’m running Android 13, widgets are present on some of my home screens as I find them very useful. Checking the latest emails, weather and photos from my collection right from your desktop is a pleasure. All Google apps should acquire more of these new widgets and continue to receive support for them.
Also, providing several permutations of them will improve Android customization. They would gain importance if they continued along current design lines and even manufacturers and developers would be inspired to make improvements. Nothing is nicer than looking at a beautiful widget without having to launch an app.
Being able to see a list of all the apps we have installed on our phone is extremely useful. But for me Android app drawer is useless. I can quickly launch any app I’m looking for using the search function. So I never have to wade through the endless app drawer.
The drawer open button we thought was dead is back. If I had a solution, I would remove the app drawer entirely. Because I don’t think anyone needs that right now. Conversely, the home screen organized into folders with all the apps I adore is the reason I’ve been using MIUI for so long. Again, I can use a launcher, but I prefer the one that comes with my phone by default.
A dynamic island
Dynamic Island is the latest iPhone feature that almost everyone was unprepared for. Google can adapt this feature and display notifications and other information in the area occupied by the front cameras on the screen. This functionality may be part of the operating system and it works natively if multiple developers have created an app for it.
Better camera in third-party apps
We want Google to find a solution to provide security updates to Android devices through Google Play Services. In this way, we will ensure that old smartphones will continue to receive security patches for a long period of time. After end of support by Android manufacturers.
These are my personal wishes for Android 14. Therefore, there will be some things on this list that we will disagree on. However, there are features I’m excited to see in future Android. We will soon find out what he has in store for us.