The top 40 Android issues that users want Google to fix now

Android Image - GoogleAccording to Android users, these are the issues that they most want Google to fix with the wildly popular mobile operating system. Users want to see a very wide variety of bug fixes and enhancements, ranging from local language support, through better security, to basics like task management and better integration with Google services, and maybe even an alarm that can wake up a phone that's powered off (a standard feature of some other mobile phone operating systems). The oldest unresolved issues were first reported more than two years ago. Half of the issues have been reported by more than 1000 users each.

This data was compiled from the issue reports and feature requests that received the most user votes at Google's Android development site: code.google.com The 'User reports' column shows how many users have reported or voted for the issue there. The most commonly reported issues and requests are at the top of this list.

The links in the issue descriptions will take you to the issue page at Google.com, where you can read even more information and see thousands of user comments, workarounds and suggestions.

Issue Description

User Reports

First reported

Google's Reaction

Closed?

Issue ID

1

Arabic language support

7984

Dec 2009

5597

Users criticize Android's limited support for Arabic text display and input. Between 200 and 300 million people are native speakers of the language. Some manufacturers now add extra support for Arabic to their devices (e.g. Samsung, Sony), as do third party apps. Modified versions of Android, such as the Cyanogen Mod, may provide more support. After users submitted huge quantities of spam comments, Google has stopped accepting new comments on this issue at code.google.com. As Google cannot display comments, it's no longer clear what progress users are seeing with Arabic support on Android.

2

"Pure" IPSEC VPN client (Cisco compatible)

6429

Sep 2009

In Future Release

Oct 2011

3902

Users request OS-level support of IPsec client for Cisco VPN group authentication, similar to the support available from iPad and other devices. Google says it has added support in Android 4.0. The company has closed the issue.

3

WiFi - support ad hoc networking

4194

Jan 2008

Reviewed

82

Ad hoc wireless networking would allow Android device users to share the internet or LAN connection of a WiFi-equipped PC or notebook without requiring a wireless router. Android devices cannot connect to ad hoc networks - according to some sources, the reason may be that ad hoc network connections consume much more battery power, because the protocol requires that clients constantly monitor the network.

4

Android Market does not recognize/see device

2838

Feb 2011

Declined

Feb 2011

14976

For the unfortunate Android gadget owners suffering from this issue, the Android Market website claims that "There are no Android Devices associated with this account". The result is that users can only install apps by using the Android Market app on their Android devices; they can't initiate app installation from the comfort of their desktop PCs. The website also sometimes fails to retain language and other account settings. Unusually, Google marked this issue as 'declined' without any visible explanation, and closed it almost immediately.

5

Google Bookmarks should be integrated with the browser

2831

Jun 2009

Reviewed

2907

Users want to synchronize Android browser bookmarks with their online bookmarks stored in the cloud at Google Bookmarks. This function is available with third party apps, but not from Google. Is Google concerned about charges of anti-competitive conduct if it integrates services more closely, or is it just another uncoordinated big company?

6

Integrate Contacts Birthday and Anniversary Date Fields with Calendar

2071

Nov 2008

1211

The default calendar app cannot import birthdays and anniversaries from the user's contacts. Users demand improvements and better integration.

7

Capability of limiting internet access

1962

Aug 2010

10481

For security reasons, some users want Google to add a firewall-style feature in which apps need permission from the user the first time they attempt to connect to the internet.

8

Add support for external calendars via iCal / CalDav

1905

Apr 2009

2361

Users want all their calendars on mobiles, tablets, cloud, and PCs to automatically stay synchronized by using the iCal/CalDav protocols

9

Call Recorder

1894

Mar 2009

2117

Users say that Google should stop playing net police and let device owners decide whether or not to record calls with their phones. Their main arguments are that recording phone calls is legal in some countries and that it is also legal if consent is given.

10

Calendar app should support tasks

1864

Aug 2009

 

3705

Google's standard online Calendar lets users set up tasks, but the Android Calendar app does not support this. Users protest vociferously.

Issue Description

User Reports

First reported

Google's Reaction

Closed?

Issue ID

11

Feature req: support WPA2-Enterprise with EAP extensions

1810

Nov 2008

1386

12

rSAP / Sim access bluetooth profile

1734

Oct 2009

4402

13

Change refund time in Market - 15 minutes is way too little

1604

Dec 2010

Declined

Jun 2011

13116

14

Android 2.3: MODIFY_PHONE_STATE / Telephony API*

1538

Feb 2011

Working As Intended

Apr 2011

15031

15

Gmail should allow choosing the From: address on an account that has multiple addresses

1534

Dec 2008

Declined

1664

16

Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

1413

Jun 2010

Declined

Oct 2011

9160

17

FM Radio / Tuner capability

1404

Mar 2010

7073

18

Droid deleting all Messaging/SMS conversation threads at random or triple sending

1262

Dec 2009

Needs Info

5669

19 Vibrate and Silent no longer on volume control & Volume rocker no longer goes from Volume -> Vibrate -> Silent*** 1258 May 2010 Working As Intended May 2010 8668

20

Widget from Apps installing in SDCARD in Froyo not show up

1183

May 2010

Reviewed

8555

21

Can not receive SMS when internal memory is low

1096

Nov 2009

Assigned

4991

22

Add Esperanto characters

1082

Jan 2009

Reviewed

1730

23

UMA enable Android OS

1009

Jan 2010

 

6242

24

Animated GIF not working in browser

998

Jul 2009

Reviewed

3422

25

[Honeycomb/tablets] Multi user support missing

986

Feb 2011

15030

26

Alarms don't work if phone is off & No sound or vibrate by alarm clock when set to be on**

972

Feb 2009

Declined

May 2010

1942

27

Downloadable maps for offline navigation/location

957

Nov 2009

4471

28

Calendar should support opening iCal .ics files

848

Nov 2008

1257

29

Need NDK support for real-time low latency audio; synchronous play and record

827

Jul 2009

3434

30

Improve copy-paste in Browser/WebView

821

Jul 2009

Reviewed

3190

31

Net access fails after leaving WiFi

812

Mar 2009

Reviewed

2207

32

Google Talk / Gtalk support for multiple accounts

812

Nov 2009

Declined

4832

33

After Losing Signal Phone Doesn't Try To Reacquire it

694

Jun 2009

2845

34

SMS does not support delivery notification, incorrectly describes sent-to-network as this feature

690

Mar 2009

2305

35

Navigation - night mode

687

Nov 2009

4787

36

Armenian character support

671

Oct 2009

4230

37

Possibility to change default calendar

640

Sep 2009

3920

38

Improve contact search

630

Aug 2009

Reviewed

3732

39

Audiobook format .m4b support

622

Sep 2009

3923

40

Support full Unicode for all languages and scripts

608

Jan 2010 Declined

 

5925

* Combined with related issues 15022, 15872

** Combined with related issue 1109 - (Incidentally, a few developer reports claim that an RTC-driven 'wake from power off state by alarm' capability is actually a feature of some chipsets used in Android phones, and that it can even be activated and tested, with root level access).

*** Combined identical Issues 8668 and 9465

Notes on this data:

It's likely that the nature of the code.google.com site means that issue reporting is skewed towards developers and more technically knowledgeable users.

This list does not include a substantial number of highly-requested issues that Google subsequently reported as fixed. In most cases, some users contend that the issue is not actually fixed.

Most of the popular issues are classified at code.google.com as enhancements, not bugs or defects. In many cases, the distinction between these two categories depends largely on user expectations, which vary widely.

It was possible to create this list because – to its credit – Google usually continues to publish user comments, even if it has closed an issue.

In a few cases, the number of reports and the status/response that you see on this page may appear different from the data you see at code.google.com, because we've combined information from multiple reports for duplicate issues that have been merged by Google. We also did this with a few pairs of separate issues that appear to be closely related, even though they have not been merged by Google. Sorry, we inadvertently failed to do this with the Calendar iCal/CalDav sync issue, which should actually have about 2800 votes. We may correct this oversight in future.

We did not include about  five popular issues which apparently only affect specific phone models (e.g. the Nexus One), and don't affect a wide range of Android devices. That's because this article is about common problems with Android, not bugs in any particular phone model. We also removed 3 or 4 issues which have seem to have been fixed, but not yet closed, as well as one issue which received almost no new comments from users during the past year.

 

Android 2.3.3 gingerbread issue: Screen time out problem

Screen time out problem:

Your screen time out time is set to 1 minute and If you are calling somewhere(and call is not picked at other end) then screen get lock in 30 seconds.
I am having sony ericssion Sk17i device. Please let me know any work around or it will not fix in current version or any update will come?

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