Old Mobile Functions That We Would Like To Have In Android

Old Mobile Functions

We often complain that today’s phones are very similar in concept, appearance, and functions. It is as if we had already reached the ceiling and there was no room for improvement. However, it is not necessary to reinvent the wheel, and we would like to see Android phones with some of these mobile ideas from the past.

  1. Physical keyboard:

At this point, there is little hope that we will see future Android phones with a physical QWERTY keyboard, and that the latest trends come to be just the opposite: larger screens with fewer and fewer buttons. The last flagships have no physical start button.

Physical keyboard

There will be whoever is in favor of the physical keyboard and there will be someone who works perfectly with the virtual keyboard, but what is undeniable is that having “real” buttons implied some advantages such as being able to write without looking at the screen or hanging up and taking off quickly, with gloves, without gloves, with light and without it. Maybe the moment of the physical keyboards has already passed, but extra buttons for common functions. If you need more TECH news and GAMING check Softogame.

  1. The alarm that turns on the phone:

It is increasingly normal to use the mobile as an alarm clock, but it is in a way a double-edged sword: if the mobile is off, it does not sound. The premise does not vary much from any other alarm clock, but the difference is that a mobile is somewhat more unpredictable than an electronic clock, and its battery lasts less. Maybe in the morning, it has run out of battery, and you run out of alarm.


The classic phones – and when I say classics, I mean the size of the Alcatel One Touch Easy of 1998 – they sounded their alarm even if they were off. They still needed to have a battery, of course, but at least they were more reliable alarms when operating independently.

  1. Theme creator:

Android is the operating system for mobile phones in which personalization takes on more life, but even so, we have certain limitations when it comes to what we can change and not in the system. Your mobile will include support for themes … or not, and that’s just applying the themes of others, creating them is another story.

Theme creator

In the past, it was possible to create themes for Nokia or Sony Ericsson phones from their corresponding Windows themes applications. It was not especially easy, really, but with enough skill, you could make the system look exactly as you like it.

  1. Ringtone editor:

There are two types of people: those who think that the text of the previous image has been created by pounding a keyboard and those who recognize the ringtones editor of old-time mobiles. A tedious and boring process, but that allowed you to generate your own tones based on the successes of the moment.

Ringtone editor

I do not think many people are interested in using style tones, but it is true that in most Android phones you find a handful of pre-installed tones or if you prefer, songs from your library. There is not much space for originality or creativity, and that mobile phones have enough power to give much play in this regard.

  1. Original designs:

Every time we attend the presentation of a new terminal we hear incessant stories about how the slightly curved edge of a side and the use of a new material represent an authentic revolution. The effort is appreciated, but no, all the mobiles nowadays are basically the same.

Original designs

It has not always been like that, and “only” seven years ago we had designs like the Motorola Flip out, with its sliding screen and Android 2.1, or the Nokia 7280, shaped like lipsticks. They may not be the most practical forms, but they represent a different philosophy of trying to stand out rather than attract the largest possible audience, as is the case today.

  1. Infrared connectivity:

Four years ago, 5% of mobile phones had an infrared port. Today the figure has been reduced to a little more than 1%. No more using the phone to control the TV, radio, air conditioning or basically anything with a remote control.

Infrared connectivity

Other technologies have come to replace the good infrared. Bluetooth and the Internet of things are some of the causes and come with several complications, application dependency, limited compatibility and other problems that did not happen to us before. Maybe it was not necessary to remove it yet.