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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I really want to try the Android 4.2 camera. I'd like an 4.2 update for my Note II.
Besides that, I'd also love some Tegra games to work on my Note II, like Horn, for example.

I'd like a stock launcher that allows for greater modifications so I don't need to employ the services of a third-party launcher.

I have one old and one new request. Old request first: I need Bluetooth to work on the Nexus7 as good as it did before the JB point-1 update. As to the new request: as others before me have already posted -- more/better battery life on the N7. And thanx, too, for another cool giveaway.
- martyh

The ability for the underlying OS to be upgraded separately in a timely manner from Google, with the UI modifications from vendors like Samsung being themes on top, allowing for overall faster updates.

Network domain support.
Proxy support by network being accessed with domain support.
Universal printing.
Full compatability between chrome desktop & android.
Delete key on keyboard as well as arrow keys.

I'd love to see a hybrid-mode that allows some "bells and whistles" yet still conserves battery.

Key Lime Pie, a battery that runs on cold fusion and an app that makes the phone hover six inches off my desk to prevent scratches

For me it is for Google to fix the pics poor upgrade support and time line for updates for all phones. Starting with moto

As much as I hate to use a food related response after the disgustingly ENORMOUS amount of food I ate over the holiday, I must say that I am looking forward to some KEY LIME PIE goodness!! Thanks for the opportunity!

So this isn't so much a feature but a fixing of a problem. I can't wait for HTC to come up with the fix to the JB update, which caused so many more bugs than it fixed. That is what I'm waiting for in 2013.

Oh yea, that and the ability to see percentage on the battery meter in the top right without having to add an app.

It's not Android related but I want better battery life as well. It's all I can think of besides the mysterious disappearing and uninstalling of an app, all by themselves. SGS2

I want Matthias Duarte to bring more webOS goodness to Android. How about card-based multitasking? Swipe up, see all your cards with active tasks in them, stack the cards into groups of tasks, swipe the card away to close the task (way better than using a task killer app). This is the Android feature I want.

An nfc otg like dock for swapping files and back ups. All androids should have otg too, the nexus 7 is so much better with it. Storage being so small in some models its necessary for all the big game titles, music,and movies. a hotswap bay or dock to transfer files to a hard drive or usb jump drive would be sweet.

My top wish for Android in 2013 is for OEMs to stop locking the bootloader (Hello LG, are you listening?)!

Also to Samsung, please leave the ugly S3 design behind in 2013; the curve, pebble color and physical button are so yesteryear.

I would love the ability to download beer on my Samsung Galaxy.
This could be monetized by allowing other beverages such as sodas and whiskey or a frosted glass to be made available as part of the Premium version.

A Game Center for Android that lets me sync game progress between devices! And with no SD cards, lets me uninstall a game and not lose my data when I re-install it!.

I would love a NexusBook that would be a convertible touch laptop (with detachable screen and keyboard) that can dual-boot to Android and a touch-friendly version of Chrome OS.

Hoping for improved voice control through google now.
As much as i love android, here's to hoping we see more about Glass during 2013!

I don't how this could happen, possibly through google drive, but some sort of cross game save. I switch between my phone and tablet a lot, so this would be awesome.

I'm hoping for Google to improve the Location Aware Tasks (like turn on and off WIFI, bluetooth and NFC) and make it built-in to Android system instead of third party apps.

And can add one more? Please improve the camera for Android, at least make it as good as the iPhone.

I'm crossing my fingers that the manufactures will actually adhere to the update promise that they made a couple of years ago.

I'd love to get a version of JB on my phone that didn't have to be cobbled together by the hacking community.

I am wishing for more than one nexus brand next year, hopefully sprint, htc etc bring out their versions so we can pick and choose. Hopefully this will help spread the nexus brand even more.

I'd love to see some more refining on Google Apps (such as play store, etc). They're getting better everyday but sometimes I feel something is still lacking. But, as much of a gimmick feature it is, I would love to see wireless charging go mainstream. (And what better way to help out by getting a free Nexus 4 from Android Central ;-) )

I'd like to be able to dock my laptop with a tablet (which is little more than a screen, docking is wireless) and to also dock it to a desktop setup and use the screen, keyboard and mouse just like docking a laptop. I'd like to to go further and use its network and probably more powerful cpu etc also (all desktop resources). That way I'd have one master control which is my phone but it becomes more powerful when docked. I'd then get rid of my laptop.

I would really like to see the older, less powerful hardware go away on Android. Why pay for a top of the line phone and get apps that have to compatible with old single core phones with less than a GB of RAM?

I would like to see better battery life and the multi-screen feature (from Note II) built into stock Android.

It's kind of an utopic thing, but I would like to see update to Key Lime Pie for everyone, every models, every carriers, every countries! And the world would be a happy place! =D

I, personally, would like to see split-screen functionality (like the Galaxy Note-series have) come to the general Android platform. Working with multiple windows, or at least the option to do so, seems like a very logical evolution of the platform.

I would like to see group MMS implemented into AOSP (I believe it may have been added in Android 4.2, not 100% sure though).

I am hoping to see a high end phone that isn't a phablet. I am frustrated with this trend of better = bigger... why not have a fully loaded 4.0" device? Now anything less than 4.5+" is relegated to the entry level bin. Well pshaw I say, pshaw.

I'm looking forward to the very long over-due Jellybean update on my otherwise brand new HTC One X.. had the phone less than a month and I keep seeing the international and other One-series getting the update.. let's GO AT&T!

(oh, and a Google Play card might be nice too)

I want for even more design consistency throughout the UI. ICS and JB have already been making great strides in this area.

I'm hoping for better app syncing between android devices signed into the same Google account. Especially for games!

Hard to say with Android being so awesome already. I will say every time they add more cards to Google Now it gets more awesome, so hopefully we will see that expand even more in 2013.

Please Google– combine Android messaging, Google Voice, Google Talk, and G+ Messenger/hangouts into one single service/app. *I* know how/when to use each of these, but it confuses the heck out of the general public, which lessens their adaptation and effectiveness for everyone.

One realistic and one not. ICS officially from Verizon on my Tab 7.7 and holographic display from my Android device without glasses. You can decide which is which!

an Actual Google Music software download comparable to WindowsMediaPlayer/iTunes to manage music instead of just being a library coupled with a beefed up Music app for my GNex that would allow for a full-fledged equalizer

A better LockScreen widget layout and functionality for Jelly Bean! I think that the idea has potential but it needs work! Also the Multi-users feature for tablets, i cant wait till it works 100%. I've heard it has a couple of bugs!

I'd like to see a more "google now" like integration to my phone. Google now relies on Google products. While that is great I do have other parts of my life I'd like to see correlated and put in front of me. Integration of other email sources and calendars would be great. If I get an email with a flight reservation to my work or yahoo accounts I'd like not to have to forward it to Gmail to get Google now to bring it up.

I get that it's called Google now and not yahoo now. But a more device integrated app would be sweet

I know it's not going to happen, but I would love to see WebOS's nice card-based interface for controlling and switching between apps.

Also: if you're not going to support microSD cards, include more storage (16GB is unacceptable today, 32GB is just sufficient for today, 64GB would be preferred).

As a WebOS fan on too Android I would mind having a Card like feature to be able to switch quickly from one program to another with out errors or lag.

I'd love for Google to build in something where OEMs can install their Android experience along with Google's so that users can use what they want on their devices. Or a way that the OEMs could put their customized software in the Play store and make it available to users. I know this could cause confusion among some users but in the end I believe it's the correct way to please everyone. If a user is happy with the stock Google experience, then they have nothing else to do to their phone; but if they find it lacking in some respect, the OEMs would be able to provide an alternative experience that could enable more hand holding or something more pleasing to the eyes of those users. The Pantech Flex has a similar system in place with their "Easy Experience" which is an easy mode for people making the transition from feature phones to smartphones. This is built into the ROM and I'm sure they used customized versions of the standard phone apps but it could be changed to include Google's experience. I'm quite sure this is feasible. Android is about being open and empowering users to choose what they want. We have all the ability in the world to choose what hardware we want - screen size, physical keyboard, etc. - but the software experience is mandated to us by the carriers and OEMs.

I'd like to see Android be undisputedly good enough to have my Father change from his iPhone to Android ;) :P

I still think media is still one part where Android lags behind iOS. I would LOVE Google (or someone else) to come up with podcast syncing with at least a web client available.

Not quite for Android but definitely for Google in general it would be great if they released desktop clients for Google Music - mainly so I could use it full-time and download select playlists/artists like on Android.

I know the Note 2 has it but I'm hoping it becomes standard for multi screens. Mainly I want my music player and GPS to share a screen. It would really help when driving.

I'm just hoping carriers will stop being so hardheaded and let their devices get Jelly Bean already! Stop making everyone wait years later when another Android update is released.

I'd love to see default cloud syncing of app settings and saved games so all devices can be identical. If Google really wants me to have lots of Android devices this is a vital feature.

New to the forums, but been a regular reader for a while now. I'm looking forward to hopefully getting Touchwiz Premium for my SGS3 in 2013

Better power efficiency would be nice - and a customizable settings menu bar thingy.

Photosphere for yhe Galaxy Note 2 woukd be awesome!

A free gift card wouldn't be so bad either!

Happy Holidays!

I would like to see stronger voice integration in the next iteration of Android. I.E. voice dictation of notes, voice browsing.

hoping for a nexus phone with capacitive menu buttons instead of the onscreen ones and a micro sd card slot!

I'd like an auto ringer/sound profile capability baked into AOSP. Or at least a manual sound profile controller. I know you can download apps for this, but why doesn't Google put this in stock AOSP?

Ability to choose density/number of icons shown on application menu pages within stock android

I'd like to see a Multiple Users feature for all android devices, not just tablets.

Happy holidays everyone.

i'd like an airplay option, but obviously with superior features. Our phones should be mobile consoles and video streamers regardless of the screen we want to use it on. build it into google tv boxes or sell dedicated mini g-stream boxes just for seemless, intuitive, wireless video stream. IE: just as you'd use NFC to share with another phone, allow me to just tap the g-stream box and video goes to that monitor.

hoping vanilla android adds good overlay features to its stock layout, like the swiping left or right on a contact to call or sms... adding the multitasking windows like samsung has... and most imp... add a stock black or inverted or dark theme to it...!

I want to see better integration from PC to phone natively. I love opening something on Chrome PC and having it right away on phone. I would love to see it advance to more then just the web browser.

I'd like Google to learn from Samsung about how they do S Beam, which is by establishing a wifi direct network when tapping two devices to use Android Beam. Currently it uses Blutooth. This makes file transfers much faster. Thanks for the chance to win!

Woot!!!! 10 bucks woot looking forward to an 4.2.1 upgrade to my already awsome one x+ woot happy new years android central!!!

Nexus 7 with 1080 p screen, tegra 4, wireless charging, 8 megapixel camera, and of course android 5.0. I would love the Google play cards to go with my nexus 7 :-)

Hand gesturing using the front facing camera to control options such as:
- silence an incoming call
- control the MP3 player or photo gallery
- launch apps such as Google plus or voice
- etc.

This would be a huge wow factor for apple users to admire from afar.

(I know there are some apps that do this, but I don't find them reliable at all. I even remember using Eye Sight from my Nokia days and that worked much better than the google apps I have seen to date. Well done and built into the OS would be amazing!)

Wireless charging would definitely be great. I work in a store that repairs phones and the number of issues we see with charging ports are insane. Most of which are user caused, but sometimes you have to protect people from themselves. In 2013 I would also love to see a BEAST of a Nexus phone. Something along the lines of the Optimus G, but also include an SD slot. I don't care how huge the internal memory is, I still want an SD slot. Give me 64GB internal and the option for a memory card.

I want more games to use Google's cloud based storage solution for saved files. Honestly the main reason I root my phone is to be able to back up my saved data, seems like it's something that should be standard practice.

More support for running multiple apps. Would like to be able to run 2 phone apps both in protrait orientation while with a tablet in landscape or the 2 apps in landscape with the tablet in portrait.

OK, since you asked:

The top Android-related features I'm hoping for in 2013, would be:

- upgrade my Galaxy Note to Jelly Bean (AT$T)
- improve Google Voice reliability and integration (use *only* GV on my phone)
- MMS support on Google Voice
- improved battery life would be great
- more memory in all devices without SD cards (16GB is already so yesterday)
- bring back Google Latitude as a separate icon, don't bury it in Maps
- improve Gmail app. I'd like to *bold* and _underline_ text in my emails
- make 1280x800 the *minimum* resolution on all future devices

- Google Now:
* options for Google Now to access multiple emails (I use one address for package tracking emails, and another for airline reservations, Google Now only sees one email address) to help with notifications.
* better responsiveness/interaction. I have to wait around for Google Now to decide which cards to show me. Let me ask it to update, or 'look ahead' instead of just 'now'.

- Google Nexus 7 with:
* rear camera (it's very hard to use Google Goggles with front camera only)
* USB host support (if I can't have an SD slot, give me USB host)
* HDMI out (I'd buy more Google Play movies if I had HDMI out)

- Contacts/Gmail:
A BlackBerry feature I really miss, is being able to have a distinct 'ringtone' for individual contacts when I get their emails. Yes, I said each CONTACT can have a different notification tone. Android only allows a different tone for each email accounts I've synced to the phone, but I miss being able to hear *WHO* is emailing me.

- Parental Controls
Lots of kids are getting tablets these days. Since these are mainly cloud-driven, there are things that parents don't want them to see/hear/buy/do when accessing the cloud. Allow Google Play to be locked down, as well as a kid-friendly content feature on YouTube, etc. I wouldn't mind my kids watching Sponge Bob on YouTube, but there are certainly "other things" they shouldn't be able to stumble upon.

- Make devices function more similarly:
My old Motorola Atrix volume controls work differently than my Samsung Galaxy Note. On my Atrix, I could lower the volume, and EVERYTHING was lowered. On my Galaxy Note, when I lower the volume, only the RINGER volume is lowered; all the notification volumes remain at their preset levels. I prefer the Atrix style, where volume controls are global, without having to dig into a menu for email/text/notification volume settings.

There are differences between devices on how they will search a gallery. I would like options to search for an image based on part of the file name. My Atrix did not allow this, but instead searched only on tagged keywords. Allow me to select what I'm searching for, and where to look for it (filename/tag/keyword). I could find images super-fast on my BlackBerry, but struggle with the different variations of Android.

- I still miss having Flash. I know it's going away, but at least allow us to install it with a "crash at your own risk" disclaimer.

- I'd love for Google to buy (what's left of) BlackBerry.

- develop the miro-filament capacitance technology to create higher capacity batteries. We could easily run for a week straight with the size of our existing batteries, even with sloppy apps chewing up power.

- I would like Google to contact me about my revolutionary idea, which will become the most used app of all time. (this is not a joke)

- Last but not least. I would like to be one of the 31 winners of a Nexus 4.

OK, so this isn't so much an android issue as it is an Amazon issue, but I would love to watch my Amazon Prime videos on my nexus 7.

Hoping for these features in Future Android -

Actual toggles in quick settings screen - not links to settings page.
T9 in dialer - i.e. typing digits of phone number or spelling a name will pull up matching contacts.
Group messaging
Msg/Messenger/Talk - All rolled into one.

I am patiently waiting for the upgrade to my GS3 so that I have all the new features that it is going to offer. Being able to run 2 app at once in 2 windows will be a welcome addition. I also hear that it is also getting the photo gallery from the Note II. There are many other things that are in the upgrade but those are the 2 that I am looking forward to the most.

I'm really hoping google merges all the various messaging apps (messages, gtalk, g+messenger and gvoice) into one. It would be great to have all my messages in one central location!

I'd like to be able to gain root (via an officially supported mechanism) without having to wipe my device.

Well, with the new lock screen notification/widgets that came out in 4.2.1, I'd like to be able to choose my own widgets like Facebook to be displayed on the lock screen.

I'm new to the Android platform itself, but one thing I'm seeing that I'd really like is better battery management. However, the idea of 64-bit Android makes me a little giddy as well.

Decouple the core OS from the skins and UIs, so that Android OS updates can go out much faster to everyone independent of manufacturer/telcos. Huzzah !

Just hoping my Nexus One will hold up until I can get a Nexus 4 or a Note 2. Can't have any hope for features in Android if I can't use them. ;)

I would love to see better NFC and Wifi-Direct sharing capabilities between devices. Some of it already works, and Samsung has their Group Cast for sharing, but it is pretty much still limited to Samsung devices and smaller files, or manually setting up and sharing things over wifi-direct. Hopefully there will be better compatibility between devices soon.

something like game center so we can challenge friends etc as well as a way for game progress to be synced between devices.

I'd like Google Maps to display weather radar and then notify me of incoming rain/snow/etc. while in Nav mode.

A native widget for the data manager and battery for Android. One for the flash wouldn't hurt either. Just simple widgets like the power manager but for the data showing currently used and limit set by user and for the battery, a jellybean with a simple percentage on it with color options.

If they want us to move to cloud storage, then I would like to see apps that can be installed and loaded from "the cloud". Cool if we only needed to worry about RAM

In 2013, I would like to see improved voice recognition functionality. Also would like the ability to merge Google accounts - I have too many! Apps on one, pages somewhere else, business here, personal there, ad nauseum.

Most importantly, I'd like to see Google require - as mandatory for Android software licensing - that providers/hardware manufacturers update software timely and in (reasonable) sync with Android releases for a specified, disclosed-to-consumer period of time from original hardware launch/release. Been burned twice in three years. Burn me once, shame on...shame on you. Burn me -- you can't get burned agin.

Looking for my ICS update for my g2x first. Second would like to see all the cool new features coming out in the new LG phones. And multiple windows option. Cant wait. Thanks AC

I have an HTC Evo 4G LTE with the Jelly Bean update that messed up my proximity sensor. I would like that feature restored in 2013 if not sooner.

I would like to see better battery life in general, but my new Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (VZW) does pretty well!

The option to un install bloatware or prevent it from ever running in app settings w/o hacking the is or running third party apps would be awesome!

I would really like to see radical NFC exploitation throughout the entire Android ecosystem. In addition, just like MicroSD cards became "included items" with a purchase of shiny new Android Smartphones .. a dozen NFC chips should come with all phones too! That'd make them readily available for quick and easy use by every customer (not just us geeks who go purchase the best ones from some reseller in another hemisphere #justSayin).

Newest android feature I'm looking for is better battery life. My poor phone doesn't even last a full day.

I'll save asking for Sprint LTE in my area for next winter since there is a chance it might make it here in 2014. :(

I would like to see any new features that make iPhone users jaws drop ;)

Unified Update releases on all platforms on the same date. It is annoying that the carriers decide when and how the phones will recieve the updates .

More integration interms of remotely access with home appliances,such as
Remotely turn and do setting with air conditioner, automatic gate opener, home bell, tv, lightning, rice cooker, bath tube, and more.

Happu holiday, if this feature is available it will be a great holiday present for me. :)

I Hope that Android OS will release a native video call app. so, every android will have it and connect to each other like message and video calls

For 2013 I would love to see more storage options for the next Nexus phone & tablet. Up to 64GB would be fine for me.

In 2013, I would like to see Google have the gmail app integrate with Google Calendar - have the ability to create an event or task right from an email that I am reading. This collaboration would cause gmail and Google Calendar to be more productive apps.

Less buggy updates from Google. Now pick me please, I've never win any kind of contest before.

I'd like to see "Volume Rocker Pattern unlock". I don't know of an Android phone or tab without a volume rocker.

Up, Down, Up, Down Up, Up, Up, Down then swipe to unlock.

You can't see smudges on a volume rocker, and you could do it without having to look at the device. You could even unlock it on the way out of your pocket.

Even if I don't win, can you please use your Google connections and forward this request up the chain.


I'd love to see a standardized design more like the iphone, so that some better accessories are finally available for my phone!

Better camera software on Nexus devices. The hardware is present, but the pictures are not as good as they could be.

I want a card. Pick me please. I'd like to see Jelly Bean 4.2 or Key Lime Pie on the Galaxy S3, Google Wallet.