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May
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With Google I/O 2011 around the corner - in fact it starts in less than 8 hours - I can barely contain the excitement (the 5 beers at today's Samsung and Lookout parties failed to numb that feeling).

Google Music (and movies?), the new Google TV, the next-gen Android dubbed "Ice Cream Sandwich," new games, and possible tablet/phone giveaways are among this year's rumor chart toppers. Will all of them come true? It's likely. Will some? Most definitely (Music and the next-gen Google TV are pretty much sure things now). Stay tuned to Android Police, and we'll make sure to bring you the full event coverage and as much on-location content as possible.

But not all is fun and games - Google I/O is primarily a developer conference, which means it will be filled to the brim with core Android developers. Reto Meier, Dan Morrill, Romain Guy (isn't his name just awesome?), Xavier Ducrohet, Tor Norbye, Roman Nurik, and Matias Duarte are just some highly recognizable folks who are going to be present.

These developers will not only be giving talks and running dev sessions, but also holding office hours and fireside chats, meaning I'll be spending a lot of time talking and asking questions. Here is where you come in.

Your homework for today is to come up with interesting and pressing questions for the Android team. Ask away in the comments, and I'll try to get them all answered throughout the next 2 days and then post them on the site. 

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P.S. Don't forget to join the live broadcasts tomorrow and on Wednesday at http://www.google.com/io.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Funkmon

    When is Honeycomb going open source?

    PS. Thanks for opening this up to us! That's why you're my favourite android site.

  • Funkmon

    When will Google Talk allow video and voice chat on other devices?

  • http://yuyu780906.blogspot.com Jack

    When can we give apps as gifts to my friends? Like Apple Redeem Code.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Great questions so far. Keep them coming, guys.

  • Taoufix

    When will Arabic be supported? I'm not talking about the Android UI, but just the fact that the letters are not linked.

    Bug reports here:
    http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=5597
    http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=14654

  • Mo

    When can we finally pay for apps via PayPal?

    • Rami

      When can we pay in the Android Market through carriers in Europe?

      • GigiAUT

        +1 for PayPal and carrier billing

  • Edable88

    Will there ever be an easier way for firmware updates like iOS?

    Will we ever get native screen snapshots ?

    Will there be a video/movie store to go along with Music store?

    • http://yuyu780906.blogspot.com Jack

      Nexus Series are best choices for you!

      My cell phone is Nexus S,and has upgraded to 2.3.4.

  • http://www.raffisideas.blogspot.com Raf

    What functionality will we be seeing in the next release of Android?

  • http://www.modaco.com fardsmobile

    can you please make **all** of android GPL so we can get the oems to release proper driver source code?

    • http://androidized.com Lucian Armasu

      Regarding this, ask them what are they doing to standardize the Android platform to stop fragmentation, and make it easier for developers to test their apps. Developers shouldn't have to buy each phone where their app is not working properly. In a couple of years there will be over 1000 Android phone models. What are developers going to do then if this continues?

  • Tadg

    (1) What will you do to make sure users can actually understand the app permissions prior to download. Have never met one user who can understand them so from a privacy point of view they are useless.

    (2) How will the recent FTC and Google order (re privacy) affect Android and need to be better at app privacy?

    (3) what does privacy mean to Android?

  • Mo

    Will Android continue to see version releases (Froyo, Gingerbread, etc), or is Google planning on releasing an "Android 2.0", a new-gen operating system?

  • andrew

    When will a new Desktop Client of Google Talk come out with Video Chat, multiple Chats support and so on. The current official client is very outdated and misses features available i.e. in the GMail Version of GTalk or on Android.

  • Jeffrey

    When will paid apps available in Indonesia ? oh and Android updates is always late here. Come on we love android too !!!!

  • Mr. Derp

    If you can ask them these (without sounding like you're having a go at them!) that would be great. :)

    What is the procedure for fixing bugs?

    Why is it that the highest starred bug on the bug tracker list (http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/list?can=2&q=&sort=-stars&colspec=ID%20Type%20Status%20Owner%20Summary%20Stars) that was reported in December 2009 has still not been fixed, even though it was changed to high priority months ago (after Android Police ran a story about it!).

    How do they feel about the "lag" issue? I know all phones have to pass a "Google Experience" test, so for the moment phones with poor UI overlays such as Motoblur are not even close to a smooth experience. Do they expect this issue to go away as phones become more powerful and GPU acceleration is added to from Honeycomb to the phone version of Android, maybe in Ice Cream?

    I know that obviously you can root phones, change ROMs and vanilla Android is super fast, but to the everyday user that sees 60fps transitions on an iPhone and juttering on most Android phones, this won't make a difference.

    Finally, have they ever considered trying to separate UI overlays such as TouchWiz or Motoblue from the OS? Maybe just vanilla Android with "themes"?

    Obviously with Android manufacturers have the right to customise the interface to differentiate their phones from the rest, but it would be great if the user was allowed to remove it and use vanilla Android without having to root, maybe with a toggle on/off option.

    Sorry about the long awkward questions, feel free to phrase them in a more elegant way! These are the things I've been the most interested to know for a while though as these are my only gripes with Android at the moment and they all effect the core experience. Keep up the good work!

    • Mr. Derp

      "How do they feel about the “lag” issue? I know all phones have to pass a “Google Experience” test, so for the moment phones with poor UI overlays such as Motoblur are not even close to a smooth experience"

      I meant to say obviously they're OK with poor, slowing overlays at the moment, because they're all put through the "Google experience" test and have to be approved by Andy Rubin.

  • http://www.adam-goodchild.co.uk Adam Goodchild

    Q1) Why does the Developer Console not have consistent updates? And when will get this feature? Its frustrating not being able to view your stats daily

    Q2) When will you unify all of the Android OS, and back port other features such as the ActionBar? An official Android ActionBar would be wonderful!

  • Daxter

    Hello!

    I want to become a developer for Android ever since I have learned to root phones and with what I hear with the features and having Android as the main theme of Google I/O , where do I begin as well as what will I/O offer ok future developers such as myself?

  • Pete

    Are there any plans for a decent app to manage contacts? This seems to me to be a real weak spot in the Android offering.

  • Grizzly

    Thanks for all the great work... Here is where I see some low hanging fruit...
    When will the Android browser sync with Chrome? Both bookmarks and passwords?
    When will I be able to spell check in the Gmail client?
    When will I be able to accept a meeting in the Gmail client?

  • Yathushan

    Is there plans to improve health current development tools so that they are more friendly to new research?

    Are there plans to continue negotiations with record labels after Google music is not?

    Is there plans to allow the current selection of movies avaliable on youtube to be premiered for android?

  • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio Roy Blumenthal

    When is the Android community going to understand that people's fingers and thumbs rest at the BOTTOM of the screen, not at the top?

    Or, to rephrase the question...

    When are UI designers going to take a deep breath and dare to escape from the 'screen plus mouse' legacy of pc-based thinking about where clicks have to take place?

    Or, to simplify the question further...

    We hold our devices in our hands. Why must we have to let one hand reach all the way to the very top of a device in order to click something that should be right at the bottom, just where the thumb or finger would be WITHOUT letting go of th device?

  • Logan

    Are any nexus/Google phones ever going to come to Verizon?

  • Aitch

    When, oh when! will Android support proxy over WiFi? It's a killer for some business users.

  • Yasir

    We need screenshot without root

    • Curt

      Already in Honeycomb

  • rTiGd2

    I'd love to see you try and get some Google people admitting to which custom rom they use/like ;-)

    • Funkmon

      This. And which phone! See if any of then don't use a Nexus.

  • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio Roy Blumenthal

    It's REALLY easy to use a virtual private network (VPN) on iPad. Why is it SO DIFFICULT (and almost impossible) to accomplish the same on Android?

    What is the team doing to make VPN on android 'just work' (to use an ios cliche)?

  • http://www.paraglidingmap.com Craig

    What are Google's plans (if any) to address the upgrade-hobbling effect of manufacturer interfaces (HTC Sense, Touchwiz, etc)? Most Android phones are running older versions of the OS, and many users have no way to upgrade to later versions despite owning hardware that would support it. When manufacturer upgrades are finally released, they are often many months behind the latest version.

  • http://www.paraglidingmap.com Craig

    When will Google offer alternative payment methods via Paypal or the carrier? Many potential users purchases get rejected because they own foreign credit cards, or their country is not approved for paid apps.

  • http://www.paraglidingmap.com Craig

    How do end-users change their local currency when purchasing apps? I live in Germany, have a German credit card, but the market always tries to charge me in New Zealand dollars (I used to live in New Zealand).

  • vernon

    1.when will south africa get the nexus series?(sick of overlays by samsung and htc)

    2. when will south africa get paid apps?

    3.when will south african android(google maps) users be allowed to use NAVIGATION cause this is currently unavailable.

    south africa has a vibrant and ever growing android community. we would like to be appreciated just as much as iphone users are appreciated by apple..whenever there is a new iphone south africa gets it almost immediately.

  • http://EzeFam.tumblr.com Chinedu

    Why can't all new phones get 2.3.4 on them and phones like the galaxy s updated to them? And when will the netflix app be available to all, not just specific phones? I'm tired of relying on my iPod touch because its not android.

  • Tobi

    What about the ugly custom ui's?
    Will there be any unique (forced) one in ice cream sandwitch?

  • Andrew

    Is Android going to better be able to control resource utilization of apps?

  • iPeck

    When will we see built in system screenshots ?

    • Curt

      The already have them in honeycomb, long press the app-list button

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Huh? Doesn't do anything for me.

  • Jade

    Could you add password protection to Android Market?

  • PrabG

    1) What are plans for bringing Android to Africa? To be more specific, Southern Africa.
    2) Are there going to be any Android phone authorised resellers in Southern Africa?
    3)What would Google require from a person in Southern Africa if he/she would want to become an authorised reseller?
    4)How would the payment system to buy apps be made?

    • PrabG

      5)There is such a huge potential for smartphone BOOM in Africa. How would Google view this from their perspective and what actions would Google take?

      6)What new opportunities can be brought for new and existing firms?

      6) What services would be brought in Southern Africa?

  • Kevin

    Is there plans in the future for a lower power setting or a use of new technology in Android to allow for more comfortable reading of books, magazines, graphic novels, etc in a form that is budget friendly but still able to display color at longer times without recharging?
    (basically, if you are only using it for reading and not wireless, battery could last longer than current tablets/smartphones)

  • Wam31

    1) As many others pointed it out, when would we be able to pay with Paypal in the Market ??? I would buy a lot of apps this way...

    2) When will we be able to deal with abusive permissions ???
    Any permissions manager planned ?

    Explaination :
    A lot of apps ask for intrusive and not required permissions (phone state, read contacts, Internet, etc).
    Now, I rooted my desire and use a custom 2.3.4 ROM with the "Permissions Denied" app to block abusive permissions but it makes some of them "forceclose".

    Besides, it does not even come close to be a satisfying solution for everyday users !
    A workaround would be NOT TO BLOCK them but generate false information (dummy phone number, empty contact list...). This way, the app would work and your contacts would be safe !!!

    Is that something that can be expected ?

  • Simon

    1/ Are you working on a head mount display version of android? Or do you prefer to wait apple release theirs first?

    2/Any project to have an android phone where you can plug usb legs and arms so it can do the laundry for me?

    3/Any chance to see google voice out of US?

    THANKS if you ask any of my question!

  • Jim

    "Do you guys thing Moto will EVER fix the MotoBlur Unlock Screen lag in future updates?"

    =P

    ya i know... NO.

  • Sriks

    When will the Bluetooth Stack in Android be updated to the latest Bluez Stack.

    Problem: Many Bluetooth Headsets supports AVRCP 1.4, but the Android OS does not. Therefore, NO current Android phone will display titles on the headset. Android (which is open source) is using an open-source Bluetooth stack called BlueZ (http://www.bluez.org/), which only supports AVRCP 1.0. In order to get track titles, you need 1.3 or higher.

  • http://androidized.com Lucian Armasu

    Do they plan on building some Android development tools themselves, besides the integration with Eclipse and other IDE's? Are they going to make designing app UI's easier in Android? iOS developers have it so easy because they have to many design elements to choose from. Why can't Android developers get the same type of resources? It would make it easier for new developers to make quality apps.

    Will they make such tools for Android web apps?

  • Rohan Kulkarni

    Why can't I save attachments in gmail??

  • http://thefiveohfive.com davpel

    Q regarding Google TV. When the Logitech and Sony units shipped, Google promised the Android Market would launch in early 2011. Now there are rumors Google will discuss the market at I/O but not launch it until the holiday season. Please ask the GTV team to explain this delay for those of us (developers and non-developers) who purchased one of these boxes for $250+ and have been waiting to get moving on apps.

  • http://fc1032.blogspot.com Brian

    Q) When will hardware acceleration be implemented into android?

    It's nice to have high-end hardware, but without software optimisations, it is hard to make use of all the potential.

    Q) It will be difficult to implement hardware acceleration with so many different phones and devices, but shouldn't the Nexus line at least get this feature? It is the device representing android after all.

    Q) Will there ever be a "hardware requirement" to android?

    • Curt

      There already is "hardware acceleration" There was some in 1.6 more in Gingerbread and quite a bit in Honeycomb. Its not an "on-off" switch. Most of the stuttering in Android is generally garbage collection not lack of acceleration. Dianne Hackborn commented on this years ago.

  • Jordan

    Netflix netflix netflix! I know it's not exactly google holding it up, but can't they throw their damn weight around on it already?

  • josh

    What's being done about battery power besides bigger or more batteries?
    Will future releases ever allow two programs on the screen? I use GPS and music player all the time. It would be nice if 2/3rds of the screen was GPS and 1/3rd my music player controls. That way I don't have to swipe through the quick menu to skip a song, then swipe back to GPS while driving.
    Also why aren't all Google products content aware? If I want to select text in Gmail I've got to go through the menu. Why can't I just long press? And why doesn't gmail recognize addresses and phone numbers all the time? Sometimes it does, but most times it doesn't

  • Irish Paul

    When will they add proper Bluetooth DUN support?
    https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=1416
    Open since Dec 2008 tho the status is now released but people are reporting its still not working!

  • Fifo

    Considering that locking bootloaders to accept only manufacturer-specific ROMs contribute to android fragmentation, what is Google's stance about the practice?

  • sergiu

    when will Romanian (and other eastern-europe) citizens be able to buy AND SELL apps through the market?

  • Alex

    One thing I always wonder is why there wasn't a decent VPN client for Android that would support group membership password for checkpoint or Cisco IPSEC or SSL. Most every other phone OS has one except Android. There are apps that would benefit like the Cisco IP soft phone app.

  • orlanka

    Will there be any efforts to clean up The Market? While openness is great, it's caused the Market to turn into a mess and exploring new apps is almost impossible within the current UI and the amount of junk applications out there. Helping to clean up the Market will also help dev's actually make money on their paid apps.

  • Noel

    Carrier billing is ok...but what i will really really really like to see is ANDROID CARDS similar to iTune cards that u can buy from ur corner stores like Bestbuy, Target, Groccery stores, CVS, Gas stations etc. With such cards u can purchase a wide range of stuff from the Android market...apps, music , movies, games etc. For me it is easier to buy a $20, $30 or $40 card and just load that on ur phone/Tablet(Android market) for purchases on the Android market than go thru the trouble of using ur credit card. Save urself the worry of credit card fraud. I predict this will greatly increase buying on Android market. The ready availability of iTune cards every where u look has a direct corelation to the huge sales on iTunes. So Google get craking on this cards idea..add that capabilty on Android market ASAP.

  • Noel

    Why didn't Google try to buy Tmo and make it the HUB OF PURE VANILA ANDROID EXPERIENCE...a true hub to promote all of Androids goodness. I am abt 70% positive the Att buy out of Tmo will not be approved...in that case if DT is still bent on selling Tmo...Google should go hard on acquiring Magenta. If google can venture on alternative energy on the East coast, Super High speed internet in Kansas, they might as well venture in a carrier that best suits the promotion of a big part of their biz..ANDROID. Thats a no brainer...it will be a huge success (Google talk, Google voice, Google chat etc). Much of Vanila Android lovers will flock to this network and ofcz that comes w/many other Nexus devices

  • JoeyAndroid

    Hopefully this question will be memorable: Ask anyone if a big retail strategy for Android is being worked on? Tell them that JoeyAndroid has some big ideas and would like to help create thousands of Android next-gen super Internet Cafes around the world to help serve the next billion Android users. It would show ReallyCoolDemos and it would help users find and/or customize their PerfectAndroid.

  • Curt

    Why was AVI container support removed in Honeycomb?
    Will you be adding it back?
    Why did you add WebM support without supporting the Matroska (MKV) container it uses.
    Please kick Nvidia to update their Tegra2 H.264 OMXs so they support main profile.

    Thanks!

  • L Boogie

    Hopefully at this conference, the developers would address/work on fragmentation issues that would lead to the PURE android experience that would elevate the OS to a new plateau of blissful joy. Battery efficiency, privacy/location/permission concerns, continuous language support, true honeycomb experience etc should be addressed/worked on as well

  • Brian cShift

    Will there be support for Layer 3 VPN protocols anytime soon?

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Spent a good amount of time with some devs today, but unfortunately, it's quite hard to get the answers we all want. A lot of them don't know and only know what they do on a daily basis, and a lot are just keeping mum because they're not sure they can give something out.

    After tomorrow, I'll gather up all the answers I was able to get and hopefully post a follow-up.

    • http://www.paraglidingmap.com Craig

      Dang. Well thanks for trying. ;)

  • The_Omega_Man

    When will printing Documents, web pages and pictures, from all capable Android devices, to a local printer, be a standard feature of the OS?

  • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio Roy Blumenthal

    Hiya Artem...

    I think the answers are much less important than the face time you're getting with the devs and actually delivering the questions to live human beings.

    As I see it, you're a conduit right into the vein of Google. So they're hearing stuff. If you weren't delivering the questions to them in person, these issues would probably just pass them by in the mass of information that hits every day.

    Can you imagine how many questions and comments and suggestions hit Google every day?

    Thanks for getting right to the source, dude.

    Enjoy!!!

    Blue skies
    Roy

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Roy, you know, I actually brought this up with some of the devs, and they admitted to reading the blogs all the time, and noticing what people are complaining about. Some even said they were reading my weekly app roundups :-]

      At the end of the day, it comes down to limited resources - the Android team is still understaffed, even though it grew pretty well in the last year.

      • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio Roy Blumenthal

        I think it's worth letting them know that some people (like myself) believe that they're world heroes! I think what they're doing has comprehensively changed the way the world works. And I'm deeply happy about that. Please tell them thanks from me!

  • ZZ

    Might have missed the deadline, but:
    1. If they ever plan to add customizable lock screens/lock screen info like some OEM skins/apps like WidgetLocker.
    2. Whether there will ever be a high res contact picture sync with Google contacts. Current quality is horrid.
    3. Ask why there's no mechanism for "Always show images" or "Mark all as read" in the Gmail app.
    4. Ask why we're seeing a decline in multicolored notification LEDs in devices, if they'd consider adding one back to the Nexus 3.

  • mohit

    I am using android os 2.3.4
    The problem is regarding the multitasking.
    when I am using whatsapp, if my friend sends his location,which I view via Google maps.if while viewing I use multitasking and switch onto some other app, for suppose music. Now when I want to use multitasking and go back to maps to view my friends location.I cannot.I HaV to go to whatsaap again and open the link.so basically that means multitasking is not working.the external apps memory does not get stored,I think that.

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