For those of us who have been assimilated into the Android Army, software updates can either be one of the best things to look forward to, or a bane on our existence. Depending on where you stand on the whole "my phone needs new stuff!" spectrum, you either may not care about getting new software on your phone, or you may think it's one of the most important parts of owning a smartphone.
Either way, when news about a new version of Google's mobile operating system begins to make its way online, especially before Google can get around to officially announcing it, the rumor mill is just like any other topic: insane. The range of new features can be quite exhausting, but it's always fun to see what makes it to the final cut -- or to the official announcement, anyway.
Android 4.3 has not been much different. And, like many previous versions of the platform, Android 4.3 was actually known as something completely different for quite some time. Everyone seemed to be convinced that this next version of Android would actually be Android 5.0, and pick up the "K" code name, strongly believed to be Key Lime Pie.
Because delicious desserts.
And with it, plenty of additions. Like how Android would make its way to laptops in a full capacity, and that maybe even HP would be involved in some capacity to help with the launch of Android 5.0. There were other features, too, but that one really stuck with me. Why? Because that's something that I genuinely don't really pay any attention to. Getting Android on my laptop isn't something I've ever even remotely considered for more than 13 seconds. ChromeOS exists. That's good enough for me, when I want to use something like that.
In any event, it's looking more and more like Google isn't getting ready to announce the next biggest version of Android yet, but instead will be looking at a "smaller" upgrade "again." That's right, the same rumor mill was spitting out "this version is Android 5.0!" way back before we saw the announcement and subsequent release of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, so we've been here before. Nothing new. But (hopefully) plenty to see.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has been in the news quite a bit recently, but earlier today we saw the release of the "official" build of the platform make its way onto the Internet. Thanks to Google Plus user Jeff Williams, who reportedly purchased an LG Nexus 4 running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean from a Google employee via Craigslist. The system dump has been available for a little while now, and it seems that Google has kept the major innovations for another update. Another version.
So here's where I want to talk directly to you Android users, and those of you out there who haven't switched to Android yet. For those of you who are already using Android, and who expect to get their hands on Android 4.3 in a reasonable amount of time (one way or another), what would you like to see Google add to the software platform before it's publicly available? Is there a feature that you want more than any other, that hasn't made it to the mobile OS yet? Do you want to see something changed? What could Google do to make Android 4.3 better, from version 4.2?
And for those of you who haven't switched to Android yet, what could Google bring to the operating system to make you switch with Android 4.3? What specific function, or even set of features, are you currently using that you don't get on Android, or believe should be better, to finally make you switch?
A lot of people are expecting Android 4.3 to break cover during the breakfast with Sundar Pichai next week, and that's perfectly possible. It almost sounds like a low-key event, so a lot of fanfare might not be needed for this version of Android. However, that doesn't mean Google can't announce something great, or noteworthy. So what would you like it to be? What would you like to see in the next version of Android?
Let me know!