Google I/O is an annual developer-focused conference held by Google. In 2013, the Google I/O is set for May 15-17 at Moscone Center West in San Francisco. Google is expected to launch the successor to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which will be a new version of Android code-named Key Lime Pie or Android 5.0. We have listed five key features that are expected from the next version of Android.
Android 5.0 – Key Lime Pie
Even though Jelly Bean hasn’t been out for long, we are already looking forward to the next OS from Google. We have listed five features that might make it into the final build of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.
1. Profile Management
This feature will allow changing data and sound settings under different profiles. This feature is already offered on Android Tablets running Jelly Bean and we strongly believe that Android smartphones will also receive this feature with Key Lime Pie. Looking at the competition, only BlackBerry 10 provides profile management on smartphones, so it would be advantageous for Android to include this feature for business and family users.
2. Social Integration Hub
Apart from actual phone calls and emails, many users are now spending long periods of time on social networks. There is strong possibility of a built-in social networking application that might be included in Key Lime Pie. Android has never provided such application in the past but with the growing amount of social networks, it might be one of the features that sets Android apart from the competition. Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 already provide integrated social networking experience so Android will have to play catch-up and provide this option in the next version of Android.
3. Video Calling App
All android smartphones and tablets have a front facing camera but there is no native video conferencing application available. Video chatting is one of the few areas where Android has lagged behind from the competition since Apple has FaceTime, BlackBerry 10 has video chat built into BBM, and Windwos Phone also has Skype integrated into the OS.
Google already has used video calling technology in Google+ Hangouts, so it is only logical that they would bring the hangouts-like native application to Android devices. So far google has relied on its users to install the Google+ application. However, Google will have to provide the video calling abilities of the Google+ App as an standalone native application to allow for a widespread adoption. This will not only make it easier for Android users to video chat with their friends and families but it will also provide a seemless experince with google account.
4. Personalize Settings
Android has always been about customization and open-source development from day one. So we won’t be surprised if Google offered an option to rearrange the settings options by preference for making Android even more customizable. Furthermore, we would like to see a Stock Theme Mode that allows users to override the third party interface provided by the phone manufacturers. This will allow everyday users to experience stock “vanilla” version of Android, which would be a great step for the future of Android.
5. Text Message Syncing
Google already provides Email, Contacts, and Calendar sync with your GMail account. However, text messages are not restored after changing sim cards or devices. There is a strong possibility that Google will add the ability to sync text messages to the cloud with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.
In our opinion, the five features listed above are completely realistic and plausible. Do you have any other essential features for Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie? Don’t forget to give us your predictions for in the comments below.