Too much cloud
Too much focus on cloud.
Days ago Swiftkey (keyboard app) launched an alpha version of a keyboard that uses a neural network for better predictions. SoC makers like Qualcomm and Mediatek are talking training in the cloud and personalization on device.
I know Andy Rubin left Android, but Android should have integrated such features at the OS level by now, for the keyboard, accidental touches detection , security, battery life optimization and a lot more. Google's focus on grabbing the data is crippling. Context aware UIs on watches and glasses would be a huge deal , for the 99.9% that don't have a pool- this reminded me of Microsoft Band and their golf features, a sport for rich aging white men, showing the discconect between them and reality.
Google Now is great but it's all cloud and it's evolution is in one dimension only and very very slow. If Google would stop making the products they need and try to make the product the users want, they could be far ahead by now.