1. Fix the Damn Android Market
Android Market looks really great at a glance & I really like its clean interface. But apart from this there’s nothing that I can boast about the Market. The Market is li’l crippled, lacks a good categorization of apps, people are not willing to buy apps etc etc. Here’s my take on the market:
a) Some People are dumb-head
This app doesn’t work on your phone? No problem, Give it the worst possible rating you can. Are you a Dev. & Is this App bringing your sales down? No problem again!
Look at the reviews, you’ll often see some such dumb people giving low ratings to a good app without any reason. Or, the most probable reason would be that the app/game doesn’t open or crashes in between.
C’mon this isn’t a flaw in the game. An App developer has to go through so many pain that includes supporting several hundred phones and several builds of Android. Instead, people should send crash reports so that the developer can fix it.
My Solution: Go the Reddit/HN way!
(Screenshot of TouchNote App on the Market)
b) Separate Section for New Apps & Games
This is an important feature which the market currently lacks badly. New Apps often don’t get highlighted even though they’re better than many great games. Most of the times, they get lost in the noise of the market.
c) Let me Selectively Sync Apps from the Market
Android syncs all my apps with my Google account. But there are some apps which I don’t wish to install when I add my account on another device. Please let me selectively sync them. This might be a small feature but I want it.
d) More Filters
Instead of just 3 options to sort out results (Relevance, Price and Sort Options), how about also sorting with price like, Apps which are under $5. There could be more options like by developer, size etc.
e) Irrelevant Search Results
Its search can’t be termed as “great”. Often it will show irrelevant results when I try searching for some particular apps. For example, try searching for “Screenshot” and it’ll come up with results like Thumb Keyboard on the top. Bleh?
So Android/Google, please fix it.
f) Some People don’t spend a Penny on Apps
This is the 2nd greatest problem after the market’s crippled design. People never wish to buy apps, instead they will always either 1) look for a similar but free app or 2) Download a pirated copy.
The latter isn’t a big problem, there are pirated copies of apps for iOS as well but android people are less willing to buy an app. As jambo2011 describes,
… Android people are like:”Mmmmh… is there a free/demo version of this? Maybe I can get it from somewhere else. Oh look, there is a similar game with less graphics but for free!“
Moreover, If a game is available free, people still won’t respect the developer by buying him a beer. Here’s what theillustratedlife, an App Developer, says:
… my game Cognicube is available for Android only, completely free.
I’m trying to figure out what to do with the game. It was praised for its design when it came out, but I think it’s a bit too difficult to become mainstream. There’s an optional donation system that hasn’t even made the $25 developer fee back since I released it in October …
How to fix this one? Well, I accept it, I’ve no solution for this. Maybe developers know more than me on this issue.
Seriously Google, why apps & games like (NSFW) Vibrators, Orgasm Soundboard, iKamasutra, Cunnilingus, Flick girl blah blah blah are in the market? They’re just a piece of flash or some text. Please remove them and maintain the quality of the eco-system.
It would be good if you start moderating apps and games. Doing this will might also help in ensuring that malwares don’t enter the market, to some extent.
2. Regular Updates for Everybody
This has been a major problem for us. Manufacturers take way too many time in pushing updates, sometimes many months. Phones like LG Optimus 2X, HTC Desire Z, Epic 4G have still not got it although they are capable of running gingerbread smoothly.
Dear Motoshit, Sawsung, Life’s Bad and Quietly Brilliant, why do you always want us to buy a new phone instead of sending us updates on time?
I wish Google controlled all this update process so then every (capable) phone would run on the latest version and developers won’t have to go through pain for supporting multiple versions of Android. Also, iFans will shut their mouth calling Android as version fragmented forever.
I know there are Custom ROM’s for having the latest build on our phone but its always better to have it officially. But then what about the User Interface like Touchwiz or Sense? IMO, We should get an option for adding it afterwards.
3. Apps that Actually Make Use of Dual Core Awesomeness
Dual Core phones (such as the Samsung Galaxy S II) have started to roll out from every single manufacturer but I have only seen few apps and games that make use of dual core processors.
Developers say they don’t want to move along because most phones in the world are currently single core phones. I agree on this but when the android world is moving so fast, we might have quad core phones by 2012. But, the apps aren’t moving as fast.
4. More Focus on User Experience than Specifications Please
Have a look over these Promos:
Let’s have a recap what did you see in the last 3 videos:
- How fast the Processor is? Check.
- Beautiful Screen? Check.
- Music Quality? Check.
- Internet Speed? Check
- Camera Quality? Check.
- Apps? User Experience? Uh Oh!
I know that having a dual core processor inside the shell blows everything away, makes the phone faster and more. But companies, please focus more on user experience instead of racing for specifications. Even the app market isn’t evolving this fast.
(Kudos to HTC for atleast not doing the same to some extent in its Sensation Promo.)
5. Apps & Games that have no Alternatives
I’ve often seen that people are looking for clones/alternatives to some iOS apps like Instagram etc. on Android. Why can’t it be the opposite?
There are apps like Google Docs, Earth, Maps, Mail, Sky, Goggles, Tweetdeck that are better in Android. But why can’t we have more?
Comments Ladies and Gentlemen?