10 Features We Want in Android 5.0 – Jelly Bean

by: AlexanderOctober 25, 2011

Many of us are still excited about getting Ice Cream Sandwich – Android 4.0 – on our devices, but what do we want in the next version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system? Let’s take a look at 10 features we’d love to see in Jelly bean – Android 5.0.

1. Full Chrome Browser: Yes, the changes to the stock browser in ICS are welcome, bringing the fancy tabbing from Honeycomb and speed improvements too. Still, we are waiting on the best browser around, Google Chrome, to come fully to Android – with no limitations. Other platforms have done this for example: iOS uses Safari, Windows Mobile uses Internet Explorer, so why doesn’t Google have Chrome on our beloved Android devices? Here’s to hoping we get it in Android 5.0

2. File Manager: Some manufacturers have started placing a file manager on their phones in their stock ROM, with Samsung being one of them. I’d love to see how awesome a file manager built by Google would look, and act, and work for us. We shouldn’t have to search the Android Market for a file manager, come on Google.

3. Keyboards: The Gingerbread keyboard brought some nice improvements to the default Android keyboard, but with great keyboards like Swype and Swiftkey X – my personal favorite – Google should be able to bring us a better keyboard. How many of you have a custom keyboard installed?

4. Clear Upgrade Path: This is perhaps the biggest change we all want to see. I’m sure everyone is just as tired as I am of waiting for upgrades to new versions of Android, right? I mean some phones are still on Froyo – Android 2.2 – and Android 4.0 is now announced and will be available soon. Hopefully Google and manufacturers can get this together for Jelly Bean. I don’t want to have to wait 8-12 months for my upgrade, and neither does anyone else.

5. Android 5.0 Lite: I love to have fast technology, that’s why I have a quad-core laptop and a dual-core phone, but what about those of us who cannot afford to buy a new phone every 6 months? It’s unfair that they cannot get upgrades to the new versions of the OS based on their phones’ computing speed and size. Google, please make a light version of Jelly Bean for those of us who have just bought phones now, so when Jelly Bean is announced – perhaps Google I/O 2012 – we can move on into the future.

Android is the most customizable OS in the world!

6. User Interface on/off Toggles: Every HTC phone that I have owned has had different toggles available in the widgets section to turn off 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc., and it would be awesome if Google could put these on all Android phones, so everyone can enjoy this awesomeness. These toggles make it much easier to try and save battery.

7. Power Efficiency: Learn from Apple, they have great battery management on the iPhone, while some Android phones cannot even last the entire day on moderate use. I’d love to be able to get a good 18 hours off of my phones’ battery. I know I use my phone for almost everything, and only getting around 10-12 hours isn’t enough for me.Yes, battery has improved over the last few major updates but it could still use more improvement.

8. Theme options: Yes Gingerbread, Honeycomb and now Ice Cream Sandwich all are starting to look beautiful – especially when compared to Eclair or Donut – but give us options! Not everyone wants it all black with blue highlights, as found in Android 4.0. Who else would love to use different colors and/or themes without rooting or downloading other applications?

9. Widgets on the Lock Screen: This is available in Sense 3.0 and 3.5 on HTC devices, and I really love it. I wish that there were more choices for widgets but I’m sure they will come with time. Now it’s Google’s turn, let’s see what they can do for lock screen widgets. Maybe add the weather, stocks, or a custom clock? I’d like to be able to pull down my notifications from the lock screen, but that may not work if you have a passcode or a pattern, for security reasons.

10. Faster OS: I’d like to see Google making the Android OS faster and perhaps lighter, so that we don’t need dual-core and quad-core processors in our phone’s to make Android run fast and smooth. Android is pushing the envelope of mobile technology unlike any other mobile operating system in the world. Currently, Android is a little more sluggish then iOS and WP7, and I’d like to see Android blow these competitors out of the water, come Jelly Bean!

Also, for a trip down memory lane, check out the screenshots below that show the huge improvements Android has made over the years, from Android 1.6, to Android 2.1, to Android 2.3, and finally to Android 4.0!

And then onto Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which represented a substantial improvement over the previous generations.

And now, onto the best of Android yet – Android 4.0! This iteration is significant because Google will be opening up the source code, and because it is arguably the most advanced mobile operating system in the world. Expect a ton of improvements, performance increases, and mods to come from the development community too.

Isn’t it cool? What do you hope to be in store for Android in the future? What are you most looking forward to with Android 4.0?

Are there any other features we missed? Tell us about them in the comments.

  • Anonymous

    Apple has great battery life because they suck and they dont have flash

    • I agree with all your points. But I really wish Android had better, maybe not best, battery life

      • Anonymous

        the app Juice Defender worked great for extending my battery on my SGSI and i plan on using it again when i get my GNex in a couple weeks (hopefully). it would be nice to have these features built in though since it’s obvious it can be done.

    • Steve

      Do the same tasks and the iphone doesn’t get any better battery life vs a same sized screen android (which is hard to do, since most androids these days have nice larger screens). Particularly so, wait till the LTE iphone comes out and it’ll have the same awful battery life as all other LTE android phones.

  • I too would like to see a better path to OS updates for android but it will not happen any time soon. This is due to all the hardware manufacturer needing to put their own twist on things to help them selves get an edge above all the others. then there is the service providers who also feel the need to add yet more twist to it prime example of recent release and owned by me is the Galaxy S II. Their button layout between AT&T and all the others is different. they application packages and more are different between them but just ever so slight. With this practice in play we will never see a direct path to updates unless we all become power users and root our phones.

  • Now for a vary important feature I would need to see is the ability to lock out certain permissions of applications. example is a racing game that over 1 million people have downloaded and rated highly is a mobile spyware game. I would like to disable the permissions that make it spyware. I am not talking about being able to disable ads just the auto load on phone boot, the unneeded access to account information, the ability to control certain aspects of the phone it self. For an example of what game / application I would like to keep but yet revoke certain permissions on let me know and I will dig it up.

  • Anonymous

    I love the new UI, but I wish they gave you a choice of what color you want instead of just keeping it that blue color for the battery, signal, time icons, ect.. Don’t get me wrong, I like the blue (it’s much better than the the green they used to have) but it would be nice if they gave you a choice of colors like WP7 does. That would be very neat indeed.

  • John Smith

    How about proper support for languages other than English, Spanish and Chinese without forcing developers to re-invent the wheel?
    An OS wide spell checker would be a good thing to have too.

  • Anonymous

    I heard in the rumors that 4.0 would be better optimized for dual cores and be able to fully utilize mulit-core processors. However, at the announcement there was no mention of this mutli-core optimization.
    Did they make android more mulit-core friendly or not? Does anyone know?

    • I also heard those rumors, but haven’t heard anything since the ICS announcement.

    • Yes they did. Also any app that does not do it, you can go to dev option and do it yourself.

  • Interesting article and one which should be more widely known about in my view. Your level of detail is good and the clarity of writing is excellent. I have bookmarked it for you so that others will be able to see what you have to say

  • In ICS you can pull down the notifications bar from the lock screen

  • hendrik

    As tablets are now replacing family PCs in many families, why is nobody asking for true multi-user support?

  • bjdwoire

    would be able to have push messaging system like bbm where you get read receipts and date/time stamps on messages

  • Anonymous

    correct me if im wrong, but wont jelly bean be “4.1” not “5.0”?

  • Anonymous

    correct me if im wrong, but wont jelly bean be “4.1” not “5.0”?

    • Looking at Google’s past at how they are naming the versions, it’s hard to say. They went from 1.0, 1.5, 1.6, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.0, 4.0. So it could be either one

  • Indra Gunawan

    We’re hearing from another well-regarded source that Jelly Bean is in the running for the name, but that the choice hasn’t yet been finalized by Google; for what it’s worth, the pickings are fairly slim for desserts with “J” names, so Jelly Bean seems like a solid choice.
    Android Names
    A= ANDROID 1.0
    C= CUPCAKE 1.5
    D= DOUGHNUT 1.6
    E= ECLAIR 2.0
    F= FROYO 2.2
    H= HONEYCOMB 3.0
    K? L? M? N? O? …..
    Do you have ideas for the remaining? let’s play guess :)
    more info http://www.new-androidtablets.com/

    • Anonymous

      B= Banana Bread 1.1 if you didn’t know.

    • Vicente


  • no one yet knows anything about the features of jelly bean. But one important thing i wanna see in the next release is a voice activated assistant like SIRI

  • SP
  • Thadevo11

    It should have android messenger. Like the BBM. Free android to android messages, photos, videos etc.

  • pawan

    I don’t have time for shave, i long google to provide an electric shaver in the nexus ultima with jelly bean

  • i hope that the newest android like honeycomb, ICS and jelly bean will be available on smart phone not only for tablet PC.

  • Hmdz105

    I still find UI animations a big drawback in Android when I compare it with an iPhone or W7 phone. The physics of UI animation in Android sucks. Garbage collections and chokings are very obvious in my ICS nexus S while an object is moving on the screen even though they are hardware accelerated!
    I just want Google to make Android a smoother OS for its single core phones.

  • the tablet craver

    I want JAVA! For runescape :D