|Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie: Rumoured features
Posted on 03 January 2013
Google is one hard working company. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was announced in December 2011, then 4.1 Jelly Bean was released in July 2012. November saw the announcement and subsequent release of an upgraded Jelly Bean, the 4.2 version, which means 6 months into 2013 we'll be seeing the fabled Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. We hope. What features are we expecting from the new software? With very little concrete information, here's a roundup of the current rumours.
One of the features that keeps popping up in the rumour mill for Android 5.0 is Performance profiles. While some phones have features that help save battery life, like dimming the screen when the battery hits a certain percentage or automatically turning off syncing, there's nothing that lets you control the performance of your smartphone in the way you can a laptop or netbook. So we're talking the ability to vary the processor speed, decide whether apps run in the background, an email only mode, an overnight mode, and even a gaming mode for maximum power when you want it.
Currently Samsung is flying ahead with this feature, but a native player in Key Lime Pie is surely on the cards. After all, competitor operating systems don't seem to have it yet, and with Android screens coming in larger and larger sizes, there really is room for split screen mode.
Super advanced Google Now.
The possibilities with Google Now are pretty mind boggling, and we're expecting Google to really go all out with it in Key Lime Pie. While we're almost certain to see an update, rumours haven't started yet, so we've come up with a few requests. We're looking for Google Now in Android 5.0 to pop up when a friend is nearby, tell you sports news, update you on news stories you've tagged, suggest news stories you might be interested in and of course link in with television and music so it can remind you of programmes you normally watch and suggest new films or albums you might like.
A 'Never update' option for apps.
Sometimes we fall in love with an app and then it changes so it's almost unrecognisable – all we wanted to do was keep our apps up to date! Well, if you can permanently turn off app updates in Android 5.0, you'll have all the apps you love, and be able to update the rest automatically without having to worry about your favourite ones changing to a form you're not so happy with.
Complete look overhaul.
With companies like HTC putting 'skins' on Android, essentially a theme that changes the look of backgrounds, icons, menus and the lock screen, Google may look to redesign the way Android looks, and even have a selection of very different designs for you to choose from. There was also a rumour that some phones in 2013 will have the option to turn on and off the custom skins manufacturers produce, displaying the pure Android look. This will have the added bonus of allowing Android updates to be delivered to smartphones faster.
Sort menus by alphabetical or usage order.
Some menus in Android are pretty long already, especially the Settings menu. The more features, the longer it'll get too, which is why Google is said to be entertaining the possibility of allowing you to sort menus by alphabetical or usage order, much like many phones let you do with your apps homepage. It'll save time, add practicality and save you straining your finger when flicking the screen up too hard in an attempt to get to the About Phone option and check for software updates.
That's just a few of the things that might be coming to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie – keep an eye out half way through 2013 to find out exactly what Google has planned.