Google I/O is almost upon us, and it's all but confirmed that the company will showcase the next version of its mobile operating system, Android M.
Google has done well as keeping Android M under-wraps, and beyond talk of baked-in fingerprint authentication and stability improvements, we don't know much about what the firm's latest sweet-themed release has in store.
We do know, however, what users are after. A Reddit thread last week asked users what they would most like to see from Android M, and we've rounded up the five most sought-after features below.
Better battery saving mode
Top of the list of requests was for Google to equip Android M with an improved battery management tool, with users complaining that the despite the company's efforts so far, the software continues to drain their battery.
"I think the biggest improvement they could make is actually server side - by implementing some sort of catch for Play Services going wild and destroying everyone's battery for the day," one Reddit user wrote.
Another added: "Just copy Sony's Stamina Mode please. I know the phone needs to do stuff in the background for all the awesome automated contextual services I love, but it doesn't need to do it all the time."
A better software rollout process
Of course, an improved software update rollout process was high up on the list of requests, with Android fragmentation and OEM skins often making Android updates a slow and painful process.
"Breaking parts of the system down into apps that can be updated via the Google Play Store is a step forward, but the whole distribution system from source-code to manufacturers to the networks, that needs an overhaul," one user writes.
Another adds: "And this is where you have to give Microsoft tons and tons of credit for making their OS run on the myriad of devices out there."
Multiwindow support, which is tipped to be arriving in iOS 9, is another feature high on many Android users' wish lists.
"This would be great for tablets. Android tablets are absolute garbage now, Apple is far ahead," one commenter wrote.
Another adds that the feaute is "great on Windows tablets, especially 2-in-1 devices."
Improved back-up functionality
Next on the list is a better back back-up functionality, with Reddit users moaning that Google's current offering doesn't match up to that offered by Apple's iOS.
One Reddit user pleads: "This, I don't see why they couldn't just mimic the app data backup that Titanium Backup does since Google could do this without needing a rooted device. App data backups made with Titanium usually restore fine on different devices and newer versions of Android. Put it all into a compressed file and let people store it on their Google Drive."
Users are also asking Google to improve the software's messaging experience with Android M, begging for an app that matches up with iMessage and WhatsApp.
One user asks for "something with video calling and ability to send full res photo and video directly in the app. Without the exclusivity of iMessage."
Another said: "If they just integrated hangouts seamlessly into messenger that would be bliss. It needs to work so well that the users don't even notice its there."
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