Android Central Stocking StuffersOh, my. So ... full. Can't ... hardly ... type. But the giving must go on. We're marching toward the final round of our month-long (ish) Google Play Gift Card giveaway, in which we're giving 31 lucky winners $10 to spend on Android apps, movies, music, magazines or TV shows from Google Play.

Oh, and by the way -- all 31 winners (one for each day in December) will be entered to win a shiny new Nexus 4, still in its box, sitting here on our desk. (In case you had any concern for our ability to snag what remains an unsnaggable device.)

So ... for today's entries: Leave a comment on this post and tell us the top Android-related feature you're hoping for in 2013. One entry per person, yadda yadda yadda.

Good luck!


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Our Google Play Gift Card giveaway continues today!



I'm ready to see the skins just an app overlay on top of stock android instead of it being fully integrated allowing for quicker updates. Also a more evolved and use of nfc.

Just a quickness from At & T for all the updates that are promised for 2013. The carrier is a little slow and better battery life. Happy New Year all

I'd like to see this simple feature which integrates google calendar and gmail.

Basically, let me have an option to send an email later, and then choose what day/time, which makes an entry into my gcal.

Reason? There are use cases where you need to either confer someone or think through it before you reply to an email. But too often, these end up slipping through the cracks.

i'm hoping to get android in every device and the ability to update all phones to the latest version of android not waiting for manufacturer to rls it & ofc eagerly awaiting Key Lime Pie

I want to see improvements to Google Play Video.... On my Vizio Co-Star the buffering is so bad it's unusable.

I would love to see more from Google now! It is a game changer in the industry...speed enhancements along with usability improvements will put Siri to shame!

I hope for more setting as far as the notification bar. Make google now show card info without having to pull down, and being able to customize which settings are there.

the feature I would like in 2013 is a way to better manage my contacts because I have contacts in 3 different email accounts and some are duplicates and I end up getting merged contacts better not supposed to be merged and then I have to figure out which 1 to delete and it is very time consuming.and I really want to Nexus 4! I just spoke this to my phone so I must say that my favorite feature on my Android device is voice dictation by  Google

I would like to see a way to input credit card info for Google play but have it password protected so a child can not buy apps without knowledge. I bought my 5 year old granddaughter a Samsung MP 3 player but would like to have been able to link a creditcard to her account but still need a password to purchase.

Ability to assign app specific colors to LED light.
If batter is below X %, ability to move to power saving mode (with optional disabling or minimizing features).

Happy Holidays!

Skyrim for Android, where you could take your created character everywhere w/you, continue games started on xbox to your phone, in a way treat your character like a "virtual pet". Full integration between xbox and Android device. Yeah, that'd be cool.

The 4.04 update to the AT&T galaxy s2 is horrible! The "added" features include :

1. Decreased battery life
2. laggy performance
3. lock up's resulting in battery pulls (shades of owning a blackberry years ago).

The one thing I'd like to see most, honestly, is better integration with stock Android in the various skins. I'm not so naïve as to say no more skinning (though that would be nice) but Samsung, HTC et al. could do a *much* better job making their skins and apps fit in with the Android Holo ecosystem. I know, it's a pipe dream.

Thanks for the opportunity! Having been on board with android for some time, I would love to see a stock android SMS to speech (and speech to sms) feature added for integration with car Bluetooth systems. This would avoid my wife's sly smiles when her windows phone does it and my state of the art android doesn't. This would avoid the need to download apps like Vlingo, etc.....

A way to allow users to upgrade to the latest code release without being limited by the vendor of the device or the carrier

A way to allow users to upgrade to the latest code release without being limited by the vendor of the device or the carrier

Can't really think of much other than ability to remove OEM skins from non nexus devices. Oh and more nexus devices from more manufacturers!

Not sure how realistic this is, but—better power management.
Also, it would be great to add a permission for hands-off Google Now (as in: locked phone control via headset).

Would like the separate sign on for kids. Would like 1 tab for the 8 year old and 1 tab for the 4 year old as this on gets upset he can't understand/read the 8 yr olds games.

In respects to the android platform from the g1 to the nexus 4 the OS had developed nicely. In hardware retrospect battery is the only thing I really would want to see.

better integration of apps for expandable notifications. bigger batteries in every phone as opposed to just the razr maxx

Honestly, the feature that I think many people would like is a feature to back up app data and restore it across multiple devices - I think Amazon's WhisperSync does this in a similar way with books and apps on Kindle devices (although I'm not quite sure). This would be my most desired feature in the next iteration of Android.

I have three:

1) Photosphere for 4.1 users

2) Better control of icon control for desktop jump folders. As in, rather than everything shuffling from the top left corner down, I'd like be able to arrange icons within a jump folder and leave gaps between icons, just like I do on my desktop.

3) Built-in LED controls.

Full mouse capabilities. The ability to switch to a desktop mode with desktop events whenever a word processing or similar app is being used.

Nothing brings out the comments like a contest, Well i don't know what feature i would like to see implemented since i don't own even one android device, what i would like is more options to be able to boot up to stock android out of the box without being on a nexus device, i need storage space and the nexus phone line just doesn't offer it, give me an HTC device with a design similar to the one series booting stock android straight out of the box.

Not really an Android specific feature, but I would love to have manufacturers put larger batteries in the phones. At least those that can last longer than a day. That, and more photography apps like the Nokia-specific ones on the 920.

PS. Thanks for the giveaways!!!

I don't know if this counts, but I'd sure like to see at least some sort of Google Play integration with the Android variant running on my Kindle! Yeah, I know, ain't ever gonna happen, but you asked what I wanted, not what I expected had a snowball's chance, right? So, I'll keep staring at my Android phone, wishing it to grow up into a real tablet!

1) A complete reworking of how the back button works,
2) a Google Navigation app that doesn't look like crap (i.e. Holo-themed), and
3) we can always use better battery life.

a backup feature that saves user data of all apps on the cloud and an imessage like feature on android...

Miracast would be nice. A Nexus 4 that people can actually order. (not Android necessarily) the ability to edit Open Document docs in Drive. Or maybe wireless charging standards. In short - use of more standards & less proprietary stuff & a N4.

What can I say - I'm a dreamer!

I'd love to have wireless charging in my car, and an official driver's license feature in Google Wallet so I can literally stop carrying my wallet!

I would be really excited to be able to grab a few more things out of the play store this month. :)

I'd like to see them add the ability to swipe down from the top of the screen in a full screen app to show the status bar. I know that their is an app that does that, but it would be nice for it to be a standard feature.

The feature I'd like to see most is the ability for android to change its color based on user input, or wallpaper colors. This would give the user more opportunities to make android more personalized.

Integrated "Battery Saver" functions, like offered in GreenPower or similar apps, but native - and hopefully more reliable and effective. Frankly, any way to stretch battery life would be ideal.

I personally really want to see the integration of googles messaging platforms and the integration with apps of some sort of game center to keep progress consistent between devices.

I'm super happy with the speed and graphics capabilities on current phones so next I'd like to see some legitimate improvement on battery life.

Thanks AC! I would like a PS Vita phone in 2013. Or at least a cheaper PS Vita. Of course it would run Android.

Merry Christmas!

I would like to be able to prioritize my play store apps restore order. Flashing new roms to a device can be tedious, It would be nice to mark some apps as "Important or install first" and others as "common or Manual installs".

Then after connecting to my google account the phone would only install critical apps first, such as titanium backup.

Would love to see a phone with capability to transmit infra-red so I can get rid of all these stupid remotes littering my house!

in 2013, I would like to somehow link my Nexus 7 to my Android phone so i can send and receive txt messages on the Nexus 7. Its annoying that if I get a txt on my cell and its in another room and I have my Nexus 7 in my hands, I cant get notified...

I would love to win!! One thing I am looking forward to.. is a wifi house controlled android environment. When you get to your house with a swype of a button turns on the lights to the living room and turns on your receiver, tv or lowers the temperature if you're getting home earlier than expected.. Just want them to work on Wifi Direct

Hardware related I'd love #1 Better battery life, and #2 improved front facing camera (perhaps similar to the Oppo ulike2) for video calling on Skype and better self pics for those who like that.

Software side I'd love to get a "skinning" or "theme" feature where we can choose between manufacture skins and stock android. It'd also be nice if they'd finally fix the fragmentation issue and get devices updated on time. Currently most get a update to Android that's 2 versions behind.

I have just Playstore-related wishes: Other payment options than credit cards, and gift cards here in europe. Buying apps seriously has to become easier for us!

Would love to see some way of skinning or theming the stock text msg app. And add some of the features of go sms and handcent , private box, pop up window...

Combining message and Google talk into one app, especially if they also add in Google voice for SMS/MMS backup directly into to service.

I would love manufacturers to really take a look at improving the battery life on our phones. I have an HTC Evo 4G and believe me, I know bad battery life!

Hey! i want infrared in all android phones. that's a wonderful way to interact with your TV, dvd player, ac, and other devices through your fan. this feature will make you to be glued with your phone all the time.

I have a N7 i hope they fix the backlight flicker. And I would like to have a GameCenter equivalent maybe something that uses Google+. That would be cool.

the new feature i would like to see on android is finger print lock screen. so that the owner has much more control. like if we can set 1 thumb finger print for full access and other one for limited access

Feature built-in to OS that allows customization of apps to notify via LED colored lights. Is that too much to ask of my GSIII?

With a Galaxy Nexus running latest latest Jelly Bean as a Christmas present to replace my old HTC Desire, all features I can really wish for is something additional to only apps to appear on Google Play here in Denmark.

I would like to see more flexibility in the unlock screen. For example allow pattern unlock or face unlock at the same time.

This is going to sound incredibly silly, but for some reason Google decided to stick a Google-search widget on the homescreen that you can't remove, and then supply you with a completely identical Google-search widget. Really??

Butter would be very nice. ANY new aspect of Android would be nice, as Moto left me out by dropping my planned and promised upgrade from Gingerbread!

A fully localized keyboard with extra buttons for the common german letters Ä,Ö,Ü and ß. And a flagship phone with a high built quality at a low price from my favorite company HTC.

Honestly I'd love a refined usb audio out for speaker docks and head units. I really feel like this is one of the only areas that android legitimately falls behind apple. I'd love a speaker dock I could control with NFC (like the nexus q), a remote and a dock, and also with bluetooth 3.0. Maybe a dock that would turn on and pair with my phone through an app. There's still a ton of android to love but unless Google can get it working across multiple devices uniformly, I feel like 3rd party options will never mature into the fantastic products they can be

Just like there was Project Butter for the Jellybean version of the android, I am hoping for the Project Battery(or something on those lines). I have moved from a Nokia device which was stellar in battery life performance. I hope to have an android device in 2013 which had awesome battery life.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I hope for a contacts app that is useable from one device to another. And maybe it is there already and I don't know about it...but I have too many devices (2 phones, xoom, nexus 7, kindle fire 7", kindle fire 8.9)and none of them have the same contacts on them...other than like FB.

I would love to see carriers and manufacturers offer the option for a vanilla Android experience so I wouldn't have to root to remove all of the bloatware. A gift card would be nice too.

I would like to see Google incorporate the Samsung trick of having two apps open at the same time and visible on the screen.

Would love to be able to apply different ring tones for different contacts and texts. Although this may be something that is already available on my Droid 4 and I have not found it.

I have the LG Optimus G and really all I want is a stable CM10 build. The best would be AOSP roms directly from Google for multiple devices not just nexus devices but that's wishful thinking

cloud based game saves. I'd love to be able to play the same game on my phone and tablet and not have to do everything twice.

I want immediate updates from Google for my CDMA/LTE GNex. Sadly, I think that's too much to ask for.

A built-in call blocker would make me happy. I was spoiled by the one in CM7 and I don't care for the apps that are out there.

More butter for an even smoother UI experience as all I really want and need. Such a great OS, just needs more polish.

I'd like to see Google to keep expanding the capabilities of Google Now, more battery life improvements, and for Google to keep innovating with Android!

I think Multi window feature should be on a native android feature. And a bare bone ultra power saving phone only mood can be very useful as some times when battery s low you need only to make a call.
Putting a 2ndery e-ink display for that purpose is a great idea.

I would like to have better group texting, something that would work with other platforms (iOS)

I don't really lust for a huge new feature. Besides some small improvements I don't care about big changes in Android. I would rather see reasonable LTE Data pricing. Here in Germany it is expensive like hell, paying 40€ for 200mb LTE is ridiculous.

I'd love to see the oem skins be optional. I love everything about my s3 except the lack of soft keys (I know iI can rom)

Merry Christmas Android Central. I would love to have more everyday usage of the augmented reality that google is starting. terminator style =)

I'd love a real Jelly Bean update for my RAZR Maxx... that Christmas tease was one of the worst non-presents I ever got. Same as others, I got the "Download suspended. Waiting for connection to continue" or something to that effect. With it stuck there, I restarted my phone and then it said it was "up to date"... Huge bummer on Christmas.

I feature I would love, mostly because it would look awesome, is the ability to have "your homescreens" inside a photosphere.

Say you have a really beautiful photosphere of your family celebrating Christmas, then you could go into settings and set it as your "home sphere".
Then, instead of switching pages like if you were outside the sphere, you would switch pages like if you where inside. That would of course also include y-axis pages. Meaning that you would have the option to change page to the one above, to the right, to the bottom or to the left.

Not only would it give a great atmosphere but it would also give you more room for more widgets and icons! :D

I'd really like Google to include the ability to sync and backup app data for all the games and apps without the need to use 3rd party apps and rooting.


The ability of accessing other androids and see the same thing they are seeing with their permission, of course. For example, I am watching a movie on Netflix and my friend wants to watch it with me, I send him a permission that gives him access of my phone, and see what I am doing :)

I would really like to see better support and usability for NFC, namely Android Beam. For instance, I have a Samsung GSIII running a stock JB rom but if I want to beam something to my friend who has a stock GSIII, I can't even do that because we do not have the same "Gallery" app because they are not the same? And this also goes with basically everything across the board. I think that these if the little inconsistencies with the Beam feature would be fixed it would take off more than what it has at the moment.

For 2013 I'm hoping for better battery life, more apps to ported from the crApple store to the Play store, unlockable bootloaders, and the ability to push my apps to my sd card (currently rocking the gs3 on Sprint).

I hope they improve on your contact photos. I hate to see a blurry photo of my beautiful wife, and daughter. And also would like an Air-Play feature over WiFi.

I'd like to see Google change their mind on calendar synch as well. Regardless, looking forward to whatever Android brings us in 2013!

I really want the rumored themes structure so i can default to stock Android, regardless of the phone (Nexus v non-Nexus), and/or an HTC Nexus phone with LTE. (I miss my Nexus One.)

Some OEM features like pop-out video & being able to draw overtop of the screen on Nexus devices

Better battery life and continuity from manufacturers for updates. Oh, and of course winning something cool from Android Central in 2013!!

Top feature I would like is for Google to convince Verizon to stop blocking everything or taking forever for updates.

I'd like to see even more customization right out of the box (themes, etc.), and also better battery management with Google Now.

I would most like to see updates come directly from Google to my smartphone to receive them in a timely manner. Carrier bloatware, i mean features, could be designed as some type of add-on that would not necessarily be affected by the new OS.

What I really want it a more advanced Google Now. Notifications when public transportation is late would be super nifty.

Also, seems really daft that Android doesn't have this, but better notifications. There is a reason I put my friend's birthdays in the People app. I would like to get birthday notifications off that.

I would also like Google to return the 4.1 Buttery smoothness to 4.2. It feels so buggy in comparison on my Nexus 7. I'm a first time Android user just getting a Nexus 7 this Christmas, the gift card would be extremely helpful and I would love to extend the Android experience to my phone, replacing my old Pre3.

Can't wait to see what the Android team has in store for Google Now. I really would like to be able to launch apps by voice among other things.

To get all of google/androids goodness here in the UK. Fed up with google play offers that look fantastic only to realise they are US only.

The ability to store apps/games on the SD card, that would be a novel idea. Card multitasking similar to the Nokia N9 would be sweet as well.

I am hoping for an upgrade to the nexus 7. Specifically, the ability to hook to hdtv like the kindle Fire.

Carrier independent updates. Either that or split more core OS components into downloadable/upgradable apps.

Not a Google feature, but would like to see Amazon step up with a native Prime instant video client for my Nexus 7.

Also waiting for Blu Kuban for Nexus 7.

A personal teleporter would be awesome but I think that may be a few years down the road. Although I am sure that Apple has it already patented. Otherwise I am wanting some of these big breakthroughs in battery life to become reality in the marketplace.

I would love an option to not only back up apps but data as well without being rooted. Seems like such a common thing to have..

I'd like to see less bloatware on phones, or a feature where you can actually delete them off the phone without having to root.

The feature I want to see is a remote control that I can play all my games on. Because I love playing grand theft auto but I need a joystick to fully enjoy it cuz touchscreen doesn't cut it

I would love to win a Gift Card! About a feature that i would like to see working on AOSP is Wifi-Direct. I can see that they started working on it because the option is present on Wifi Settings, but we cant still use it to share files, unless you download a 3rd party app. Another feature i would love to see is some enhancements to battery life.