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.