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Last Updated: January 28th, 2012

If you've spent any significant amount of time with Honeycomb, then you know that it has its fair share of shortcomings. Not saying that I don't love Honeycomb -- I'm simply saying that it could use a few improvements. In fact, some of the bugs or missing features that I've come across in Honeycomb make me scratch my head, as I don't understand such simple oversights or how basic functionality can be missing.

Of course, thanks to Android's open source nature, there are steps that we, as users, can take to help further development by letting devs know what bugs bug us the most. Outlined below are three bugs and/or features that we feel should be implemented in Honeycomb as soon as possible.

How you can help

Showing your support for the development of these fixes/enhancements is actually very easy. You simply 'star' the issue to display that it's important and need to be addressed. The more stars a request gets, the higher it moves on the list. Easy peasy.

App rating and comments in the Android Market

The fact that his feature is lacking really blows my mind. You can comment and rate apps from the Web Market or the Phone Market -- but not the Tablet Market? Honestly, I'm dumbfounded just thinking about why Google would choose to omit such a feature. I use my tablet to replace my laptop in most cases, so why would I want to go to my computer to do something that should be native to Android at its core? Plain and simple - I don't.

Issue 15270: Add support for rating apps in the Android Market in Honeycomb

Slow web browser performance on websites with a lot of Javascript

While the first issue is simply annoying, this one is a complete headache. Surfing the web is one of the primary reasons that most users want a tablet in the first place, and it is generally a pleasant experience - until you hit a site with a lot of javascript, at which point the browser slows to a crawl. This is one of the most infuriating issues that I've encountered with in Honeycomb, as it severely hinders the overall experience.

Issue 17353: Honeycomb 3.1 - Slow web browser performance on websites with a lot of javascript

Lack of multi-user support

This is less a bug and more a feature request, but it's a good one. Most people can't afford to buy multiple tablets, so a lot of families end up sharing one device. The problem comes into play when multiples users want to check their Gmai, Gtalk, Reader, etc. Sure, you can add multiple accounts, but a lot of the Android experience is centered around a primary account. For example, if I let my wife use my tablet, she can't access her Gtalk, Chrome Bookmarks, or Google+ (from the native app, that is) since all these things are tied to my account. Not only this, but she'll have to deal with my email notifications (and I, hers); simply put, the situation is less than ideal. The fix? Mult-user logins, much like on a PC. Allow users to switch accounts freely, so multiple users can enjoy the same device.

Issue 15030: [Honeycomb/tablets] Mult-user support missing

Conclusion

Of course, these are just a few of the reported issues in Honeycomb, or Android in general. I encourage every user to look through the list of issues and star the things that are important to them. In my opinion, this is Android's strongest asset - its openness and community. The option to submit a bug or feature request and provide insight into what you would like to see is truly an incredible thing, and one that everyone should take advantage of.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://mindmirror007.blogspot.com alchemist007

    I always thought the reason for not having the review section for Market on Tablets was the very reason that Honeycomb was released buggy and apps crashed left and right (even now there are many apps that you can install on tablets and act weird) and I thought perhaps Google chose to disable rating rather than let users rate and whine and confuse the app ranking!

    As far as the multi-user support, it really affects OEM's bottom line, so I wonder if Google will make it a priority!?

  • gpmoo7

    I've been talking about multi-user support on tablet for a while now.
    It's a big issue if tablets want to "replace" PCs.

    • Jon Garrett

      Shhh, dont say that too loud, apple will use your idea and sue you later when you use it yourself.

      • Coollead

        People like you, who make everything about Apple, are the reason why the Android community is by far the worst of any tech circle on earth.

    • shaneaus

      I agree - I starred and commented about the multi-user support. It is essential for moving Tablets forward. We use my Asus Transformer as my home's "community" device. It stays in the living room. Anyone in the house at any time can be found playing a casual game while another cooks, using the Uverse app to set up program recording, controlling Google TV, answering email, text messages, etc. It really needs multi-user support so save each users games/preferences/etc.

  • Shanne

    I doubt Tablets will ever fully replace PC's, I love my tablet but for school and larger projects i rather use my laptop, the tablet is great for smaller less time consuming things

  • http://wahtod.org Zanshin-g1

    Lack of multi-user support isn't a bug. Neither is the lack of ability to comment in the market. I find the disconnect between your title and the content offensive to my aspie brain. :P
    Starred the bug and feature request long ago, though.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    The browser problem is going to be a big deal because if your tablet maker decides that it won't update you to a future OS, you will be stuck with the slow browser FOREVER because the web browser is not an app that Google makes available thru the Market, and this is just ridiculous. Imagine your PC can only run IE6 -- no, I am not talking about a situation like you can't run IE9 on Win XP because you do have a choice to upgrade from XP to Win 7.

    But in the current state of Android tablet, you have absolutely no option if your tablet maker says no upgrade to you.

    • Iulian

      You have 3rd party apps like Firefox Mobile if you want browsers from the market.

      • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

        You are right, but that doesn't give Google any excuse not making the Android web browser upgradeable from Market. Folks like us of course know there are alternative around, but many others don't and they will be at the OEM's mercy.

  • TareX

    It has a browser that "slows down to a crawl " when browsing javascript-intensive website? Looks like I need to recommend the iPad 2 for other reasons than it being "the easiest to use, with a lot of apps".

    • josh.h

      What about flash? Any sane person would rather have buggy Java over no flash.

  • Anthony

    I thing ratings and comments was a decision left out and probably won't be in there till ICS

  • Larry

    I find the stupid about:debug issue for the stock browser to also be a problem. Although at least we can get around it by using another browser.

  • http://www.slipshft.com Slipshft

    Starred, even though they are not all bugs. ;-)

  • Christopher Browne

    If it were actually "open source," then we could consult the source code, and fix things ourselves.

  • http://commonsware.com Mark Murphy

    "You simply 'star' the issue to display that it's important and need to be addressed."

    Please bear in mind that Google has indicated that they don't pay attention to star rankings. Moreover, request for people to star issues inevitably lead to moronic "me, too!" comments, and *that* has caused many an Android engineer to totally ignore b.android.com. Tragedy of the commons, and all that.

    I am all for finding ways to get user feedback in the hands of Google, but this approach is going to do more harm than good.

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

      Hey Mark, thanks for stopping by (love everything you're doing for Android).

      I hear you on the stars, but our goal here is 2-fold - most importantly, bring the public's attention to the issues, and then increase the amount of stars on the important issues. I wasn't aware of Google's stance on stars, but I don't agree that it would bring more harm than good. Either way, some commotion around the issues is good, IMO. Look at what happened when the media brought some of the issues to the public - in most cases Google jumped in and prioritized/acknowledged the bugs, and then jumped on cooking up solutions.

  • Greg

    I think Google needs to reevaluate having the soft button bar on the screen at all times. It should be possible to have a full screen app that gets to use the whole screen. What's wrong with having buttons (or at least one button)?

    • Mojahid

      "What's wrong with having buttons (or at least one button)?"

      You'd get sued by Apple.

  • Tyler

    My issue is with some apps and Live wallpapers. For example, some wont work on Landscape only Portrait. Instead they crash if its on the wrong screen orientation..

    Is it that hard to implement a code that forces an app or LWP to choose the correct screen orientation? If i make an application that is designed for portrait and it "detects" Landscape. Make the app choose its screen orientation by force instead of just crashing.

  • nerdshowandtell

    I'm going to have to say the only one that comes close to my to three would be the browser one.. How about having these: 1. ability to set and SAVE a custom user agent in the default browser (but we know google doesn't want this because it screws up tracking data) 2. ability to shut off the software keyboard completely when using a hardware keyboard! or to select what keyboard to use with each app, and turn off etc. 3. a built in clean mode for those people who are overwhelmed with widgets and options and get an ipad instead because its cookie cutter/fisherprice -and this theme /option must be included and made available by all OEMS and selectable on first boot/setup of the device.

  • Simon Belmont

    Samsung was able to make the browser snappier with the TouchWiz 4.0 UX update on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. I assume they used some kind of enhanced hardware acceleration to achieve that.

    I really hope that ICS marks the dawn of a lot more native hardware acceleration. I know they have accelerated some things, but not everything.

  • Greg

    I like the fact the you all are starting a campaign for these issues I hope these things get fixed

  • Chad

    The problem I see with Honeycomb tablets (I own one myself) is that the "killer" apps aren't/haven't been upgraded and made compatible. No skype, netflix, hulu plus and facebook.

    These programs google should have made compatible before honeycomb came out instead of praying on a star that they will upgrade there apps. Now we have a 1-2% marketshare of all android devices so expect to see these corporations ignore upgrading anytime soon.

    They did it backwards and now we suffer because of being early adopters.

  • jonhern

    Stability is definitely the main issue. There also needs to be a clear all option in the notification list like on a phone. It is very annoying to have to x out each and every notification.

  • denbo

    I'd like to see the market just WORK. I am sick and tired of the market not downloading my purchases on the first try. I have to go back in and re-purchase the app again just so it downloads.

    I'll never use an iPhone again but I might try another phone instead of android.

  • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

    I don't understand the call to arms for starring either an Enhancement Request or a bug is any real help. Android is allegedly open. If it were truly open, the right way to help would be to roll up one's sleeves and get coding. Yet, Android Police's advice to Android users is to be a couch potato and simply "raise awareness".

    This call to arms is yet another "Me! Me! Me! Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimme!" and continues to advance the notion that Fandroids are self-centered narcissistic good-for-nothings.

    Note to Fandroids: Do some real work for a change.

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

      ProfessorTom, you are the definition of Master Troll. Clearly, Android is only partially open, and we already know that. I am going to assume that since you're a master troll, you already know this as well. And because you know this, you also know that the Honeycomb source is not available.

      So, normally, if someone wanted to fix these things, they would have taken the source, rolled their changes, and released a custom ROM. That's what CyanogenMod and hundreds of other ROMs are. Without the source, it's not possible. In the meantime, we can highlight the bugs and try to direct both Google's and people's attention to them.

      The rest of your comment is just idiotic, and I'm not going to dignify it with a response. I don't mind that you're anti-Android or pro-Apple or whatever you are, and you're welcome to speak your mind, but keep the moronic, condescending, and rude parts of your comments to yourself.

      • Aaron Gingrich

        To clarify, the "stop being an ass" part of Artem's comment is across the board. We've all noticed you commenting with this attitude across a variety of our posts recently. We certainly love regular readers, and even more so when they participate in discussion, but we can't have them constantly picking fights.

        • Nocturnhabeo

          You be postin' in a Troll thread.

        • Flippy125

          I lost the game

    • Casey

      He uses Xanga... Nuff said.

    • J Rush

      "I don't understand the call to sue everyone for copyright infringment is of any real help. Apple is a failure. Apple is so terrible, the right way to help would be to roll up one's sleeves and get an Android powered device. Android Police's advice to Apple users is to be useful and simply "Get an Android".

      Apple's call to arms is yet another "You! You! You! Sue! Sue! Sue!" and continues to advance the notion that iFanboys are self-centered narcissistic good-for-nothings.

      Note to iFanboys: Get a real OS for a change."
      Fixed.

  • Foo

    A great idea - I love Honeycomb, but it feels like it is only half or perhaps two thirds of the way 'there'. I'm running 3.1 on my Acer Iconia and the level of responsiveness leaves something to be desired.

    Part of me wonders if Google are simply focusing on Ice Cream Sandwich as their priority and letting Honeycomb flounder. It's a real shame, as I want to be able to say "yes, a Honeycomb tablet IS competition for an iPad".

    Anyway, I'm off to browse the issues list and see if there is anything I can star as an issue.

  • The_Omega_Man

    What about folder support or a clear all button in the notification bar!?

  • Zhenya

    You should change "at it`s core" to "at its core." Otherwise, it means "at it is core." Overall, great article!

  • Mike

    I'm typing this on my brand new Tegra 2 - 32Gb Android Honeycomb tablet...

    Or at least I hope I can finish my thoughts before I have yet another application close/force close issue...

    I want to love Android and support the platform but in my opinion, and after a short two weeks with the device, it has more bugs/issues than any single tech device I've used in the last 3 years lol

    Looks like I will have to shell out the extra coin for a iPad 3 and leave Google to it's random thoughts on what a good OS could and should be.... maybe in a year or two they will have a stable OS... maybe

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