One Key Feature OEMs Include in Their Skins That Need to be Included in Stock Android
The image above and to the left is the Gingerbread stock dialer, to the right is the Sense dialer with T9 dialing, and T9 dialing is the single most useful feature that is available in Sense, TouchWiz and Blur that is not available in stock Android.
It simplifies making phone calls so much because it saves so many steps.
If you're using a phone with stock Gingerbread and you want to call your friend, you have two options:
1. Go to the contacts, scroll down to find his name, and hit the call button.
2. From the dialer, hit the search button to bring up the input field, tap the input field to bring up the on-screen keyboard, then start typing your friends name and hit the call button.
T9 dialing allows you to just start spelling out your friend's name just by using the numerical keypad.
Usually it works by bringing up a list of possible contacts after the first key press, and then narrowing it down after subsequent key presses. For example, if you wanted to call your friend, John, you would dial 564, John will appear in the suggestions list, then tap his name to call. I got used to this feature on my old Samsung flip phone from over 5 years ago, and I don't understand why it's not a standard feature in a "smart"phone.
The manufacturers have realized how useful this feature is, why hasn't Google? Instead I have to rely on a 3rd party phone app to make my phone calls.
Here's a crudely edited (by me) example of how the Gingerbread dialer's layout could be modified to include T9 dialing.