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Re: What do you want in Key Lime Pie?
I really don't think people are going to be impressed or enthusiastic about yet another rehash of the user interface or numerous minor tweaks, which while an marginal improvement and helpful, will not make a huge difference to the overall operating system and give the impression that Google has run out of practical ideas on how to develop and improve a next generation Operating System that might not only be useful for phones and tablets, but may in fact be a viable alternative to Windows or Linux Desktop Operating Systems, and not just a fad with barely functional apps that cannot do half of what desktop alternatives can do.
I want Android to be less restricted as an OS in terms of basic capabilities and upgradeability. This is essential to compete against Full Linux Distro's such as Ubuntu Touch which are being ported to run on Android phones and tablets and may infact feature on an Ubuntu phone with a more substantial hardware specification than current tablets and phones, and frankly comes close to rival entry and mid-range desktop and laptop hardware.
-A 64 bit kernel to improve performance and scalability of forthcoming hardware.
-An official Google Android SU root mode which can be either switched on indefinitely (and off as needed) or can be temporarily turned on to install a program or perform an action that would otherwise not be possible during normal operations.
-The ability to install kernel modules/addons to expand the ability of Android without the need to employ third party root modes.
-Added features to improve interoperability of Android devices with Windows and Linux platforms and accessories including storage.
-Auto mount of physically connected or wirelessly connected storage including USB devices.
-Improved facilities to manage storage including Partitioning, Formatting or creation of Volumes.
-The ability to create a personal cloud on a home computer and store Android data in this instead of using third party services.
-The ability to configure and define cloud services for an account, such that you might have multiple distinct calendars or instances of any cloud based feature per account rather than needing to create multiple accounts with a limit of one instance of a feature.
-The ability to store personal data locally i.e. without syncing, any personal data or to disable syncing for any or all apps or specific accounts.
-The ability to import from and export to an open and non-proprietary format all personal data, and convert to other formats to allow for import into other platforms.
I would also like to see these features included sooner rather than drip fed to consumers.
Google is perfectly capable of providing resources to implement this with a minimum of delay, particularly as much of what present in Android is based on Linux, is developed by the community and is freely available to any other Linux Distro.
Frankly if Google doesn't radically improve Android, I am very likely to move to an Alternative such as Ubuntu sooner rather than later!