Android 5.0 wishlist
Android 5.0(Key Lime Pie) probably won't come out till Google I/O, but it's never too early to dream, right? I'm frankly quite happy with Android as it is, but some services and integration issues could use some work. Read my wishlist below, and then comment with yours!
Chrome de-lagging: I have a Motorola Atrix HD, powered by a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm S4, running Android 4.0. Why does that matter? Because Chrome is ridiculously laggy on it. Almost nothing else ever crashes or lags on that phone, but I have to force quit Chrome every day. And I only keep at most 4 tabs open at once(history, people, history.)
I'm sure it's a complicated task, removing memory leaks and whatever else is causing the horrific instability, but the otherwise not as good stock Browser app was far more stable even back in the 2.3 days.
Chrome themes: Now, this might be contrary to my last post, but it would be nice if we could theme Chrome for Android just like Chrome for desktop.
Google Play Movie and Music subscriptions: I love Google Play. It's wonderful. I use it all the time. I've never once purchased a movie from them, or rented one. Why? Because that model is broken. Netflix/Amazon Prime Video style subscription streaming is the future, but it's also here now, and quite satisfactory. The only reason I buy movies is to have a physical hard copy that doesn't use up my precious bandwidth(10GB's a month capped satellite) streaming. Music I actually do generally buy from the Play Store, but I use Spotify a lot more. If Google added subscription streaming(and maybe a desktop client for Macs) I would kiss all other services goodbye. Actually, scratch that, it would be good riddance.
Alternate route selection in Maps: Yes, I know it's there in Navigation mode, but it would be very useful to be able to choose alternate routes in Google Maps.
Google Voice MMS: Please, please, please, please, please.
Some first party media creation tablet apps: A good first step towards solving the lack of good tablet apps would be for Google to just make some themselves. After all, if Apple can make the entire iLife suite for iPad, Google should be able to do something similar. And then, after that's done, port them to the Chrome Web App Store.
Which brings me to another minor issue: Why isn't the Chrome Web Store part of Google Play? It really should be.
Anyways, those are just my thoughts.
Of course the obvious hardware or manufacturer ones(no more skins allowed, HTC Nexus, Motorola Nexus, Sony Nexus, keyboard + battery + USB ports dock for the Nexus 10 and 7) would be great too, but those are a bit less realistic.