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4 ways Google can improve its Android operating system

September 3, 2014 by Omar Sohail

Even though Google’s Android operating system has a global market share that is nearing 80%, the main reason why consumers opt to purchase mobile devices running this operating system is because of their cost effective prices. Functionality wise, the operating system has come a long way but whatever milestones it has achieved; it still has a long way to go before it can provide the same experience as Microsoft’s Windows mobile or Apple’s iOS operating system. The KitKat operating system has introduced several functionality augmentations, but here are four ways how Google can improve its Android operating system even further.

1. Further optimize the operating system

Perhaps the most obvious remedy to improve the Android operating system is optimizing the operating system to a whole new level. The term ‘optimize’ in general happens to be very ambiguous term since several devices that are incorporated with powerful quad processors and additional amount of RAM can easily handle the operating system without displaying any form of delay. Given below is what the term optimizing the operating system means.

1. Optimizing it in such a way that less powerful components can be incorporated in to devices without degrading the navigational experience of the user. Since powerful quad core processors will naturally utilize a great deal of battery life to use their processing power to compensate for a better user experience, the Android operating system will never be able to deliver sufficient amounts of battery life if this keeps up. An advantage of using less powerful components is that it will provide a larger battery backup, reduce the overall price of the smartphone for the company as well as to the consumers, and the device will not be required to install a beefy battery, which will add to the overall cost of the device.

2. The operating system would be not used in such a high amount of frequency had applications were not been developed for it. Nevertheless, app developers should start bringing in updates that will improve the fluidity of applications. Even on powerful devices, some apps behave erratically, and that too without utilizing processing power and memory which obviously leads to the conclusion that apps need to optimized to further enhance the user experience.

The reason why Apple’s iPhone 5s was able to crush Samsung’s Galaxy S4 in a number of benchmarks despite being equipped with a dual core processor and 1 GB of RAM (and Samsung possessing a quad core processor and twice the RAM that the iPhone 5s possessed) was thanks to its formidable iOS 7 operating system coupled with its energy efficient and powerhouse A7 chipset. The dual core processor; which was the world’s first 64 bit mobile processor was thought to be a gimmick in order to generate additional revenue for Apple, but after Qualcomm’s own employee admitted that Apple’s 64 bit processor hit the company ‘right in the gut’, the company started to develop its own 64 bit processor offerings that will be presented in the company’s upcoming Snapdragon 805 and 810 chipsets. The advantage of having a 64 bit processor is that the operating system and the applications will properly be able to utilize the power of the processor, leading to an even better functionality of the smartphone. Your battery hungry apps, which includes cheap international calling apps will be smoothed out, providing better functionality and will seamlessly allow you to call without call quality degradation or performance breakdown. In this way, companies will not be required to embed their smartphones and tablets with powerful quad core processors when they can achieve the same result through cheaper priced components.

2. Bring out timely updates for all devices running the Android operating system

Regardless of how expensive Apple’s products may be, the one commendable thing that the company does is roll out updates that become available on all existing devices. The only iPhone model that was not given justice of being updated to Apple’s latest iOS 8 operating system was the iPhone 4, but it is crystal clear why Apple has taken this step (for those of you still contemplating over the previous statement, it is to increase its overall revenue). When it comes to Android’s operating system updates, the first brands that receive the updates are the Nexus line-up of smartphones and tablets followed by Motorola’s handsets (seeing as how Google owns part of Motorola). The next devices that receive the updates are normally Samsung’s smartphones and tablets. The lower tier brands are cut off from support, which prompts users to update their smartphones and tablets by rooting their devices and installing a custom ROM. The only problem with this approach is that rooting voids the device’s warranty and the user will have to do countless amounts of research on his part in order to find a compatible ROM for the smartphone. Any improper step in installing the custom ROM can leave the device bricked, leaving the user with a very expensive paper weight. There are ways to un-brick the device, but all of these encumbrances can easily be avoided should Google choose to release operating system updates for all smartphones and tablets.

3. Fix issues encountered in previous and latest updates

Now, no operating system in the world is perfect. Majority of the Nexus brand users as well as others filed several complaints regarding the problems they were facing in Android’s 4.4.2 update. Users would be hoping that Google’s next KitKat update, which was version 4.4.3, would eliminate these problems or at least subside them. Imagine their surprise to see additional problems present in the newest update. Given below are some of the problems plaguing Nexus users.

  • Battery life issues. This becomes a problem when a user wants to battery hungry apps like cheap international calling apps.
  • Issues when connecting to a wireless network.
  • Random reboots. Nexus 4 smartphone owners are being plagued by this problem.
  • Various errors in the Google Play store.
  • Lag in the Android dialer: This problem has plagued a small percentage of Nexus 5 owners. The issue occasionally arises in dialers present in cheap international calling apps, which prevents the user from making a call.

4. Provide lifetime support for Nexus devices

Although the Nexus line up of smartphones and tablets are the first devices to receive a notification of Google latest Android update, the problem here is that Google only provides support of up to 18 months after that particular device has been officially launched. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone; even though the device belongs to the Nexus line up of smartphones, it did not receive the KitKat update because its 18 month time period had expired.

It is time for Google to start bringing in these changes in order to improve the operating system as well as the consumer experience. Granted that some of these changes will be difficult for Google to fathom, seeing as they want to maximize the number of sales of their devices. However, it is also important to note that customer satisfaction is also a significant factor that facilitates the rise and fall of a company. Now since Google is innovating in a lot of departments, it would be greatly appreciated that if they start rolling out the aforementioned changes as well.

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