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This is something google is CRAZY for not doing with android.
Android has always been more about customization than apple, but something I have always wondered is- why have they not taken that idea and ran with it??
what I basically mean is theming. Why doesnt android include a built in theme engine? sure, there are launchers and home screens you can download and install... but it never feels complete. I mean, for God's sake- jailbroken iphone themes are 10x better (and 10x as many)!
in order for android to have a complete custom theme overhaul you have to install custom ROMs... which is impossible or impractical for most users that would like this.
now this may be a stretch, but I think (and I know it probably wont be even considered) that the best feature in the next android OS version would be a built-in theme engine- and if the name was "jelly bean" then it would make perfect sense, since jelly beans come in so many different assorted flavors.
new android "jelly bean" make your android your own. have permission and ease of use in changing everything, specifically what you can not currently-
-status bar color/theme
-system icons (notification bar icons)
-"loading" image (when in an app waiting)
-everything else you already can
and then, best part, to make it easy on the developer AND user- a "themes" section in the market. that way all themes are in one location, which would make better quality themes too when more people can see what they can easily do.
just sayin, if this was the future with android, there would be one big incentive for buying android over any other.