When it comes to the next iPhone, it will come installed with iOS 7, and we also know that when the X Phone is released and possibly the Nexus 5, these two handsets will run on Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. So we know that these will be the next mobile OS versions for Apple and Google, but what we do not know are their features, or their release dates.
It’s obvious these two platforms will need to make some major changes in order to make their upcoming devices even better than current devices running on their appropriate software. While the likes of Apple, Motorola, and Samsung try to offer decent features to their smartphones and tablets in terms of hardware, they will be pointless without decent software.
Looking at iOS 7 first, it’s not like this new version has some big shoes to fill, as iOS 6 is not the best version to-date, and so the bar is not set too high. Having said that, Jony Ive and his team must have some good features planned, as they have been running a little behind schedule.
While many of you want different things, for the most part most iOS users are looking for the same features, the first of which is more features on the lock screen, which you can read more about in our recent article. Fingerprint technology is another wanted feature, and this could be a possibility, as the technology is software based rather than hardware.
Apple Maps 2.0 would be very welcome, although we still do not have enough faith that it would be good enough to compete with Google Maps, as they have been doing it for a lot longer?
Having more control over key functions from the home screen would be very welcome as well, such as Bluetooth, WiFi and other common settings. We know there is far more you would like to see, like improved battery life, but what else?
As for Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie features, this list does not seem as extensive when it comes to users anticipating new features, as they seem happy with what they already have. Having said that, there’s always room for improvement, such as improved performance profiles. So you could have a Night mode to run the phone on the bare minimum to conserve power, or Game mode, which will turn everything up to the maximum in order to get the most from a game.
We know that multiple device support has always been a weak spot for Android, unlike iOS, so it’s about time this was changed. Finally there have been rumors that the touch keyboard interface will see an improvement in Key Lime Pie, but do these features go far enough?
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