My overriding thought is I think comments about a lack of consistency across Google's products in 2018 completely ignores just how bad things were in this regard until recent years. I completely disagree with your point.
It feels like they're experimenting a whole lot. Look at Google Play Games. It's a wild departure from Material Design.
While greater consistency would be nice, it seems more likely that they're pushing toward a new design language.
A design language is a fluid, evolving thing - by not sticking completely to it, Google is experimenting with new UX paradigms and making things better for users (in the long term. In the short term it can be frustrating).
Perhaps something along the lines of Material Design 2.0 might be in the pipeline, then. Either way, something needs to happen. A new design language, a revamped Material Design, or a redesign of a few Google apps to address the consistency issues.
I'm fairly confident Google is revamping Play Music (there have been redesigns on two platforms now - Android Auto and Android TV). Other than that, I'm not sure. Material design 2.0 could be possible, though.
I don't think the lack of consistency is a problem of Material Design. I think the problem is different teams inside of Google deciding not to follow material design. If they switch the design language, it will just make the inconsistency worse, IMO.
Share and make some of the Pixel camera software know hows accessible to all OEMs. Many of good differentiated Android phones are DOA and won't be able to compete without a good Camera (Essential, Razer, Moto Z, 1+ ...). This is for the good of whole Android Ecosystem.
A notification center where I can view all my notifications for the last 24 hours. It becomes irritating when I'm about to swipe clear a notification and another one pops up and gets swiped without me knowing what it was about 😫.
Not sure if this has happened with anyone else 🙄
Replacing the navigation buttons with 100% gesture based actions is my proposal. There must be a way to nagivate a touchscreen without needing buttons right?
Quick settings..yes...the UI must look slicker is my point.
Not without severely impacting the UX of the device. The fantastic thing about Android currently is the generally really good UX. Not many items are hidden behind swipes or other gestures. Building a gesture-based nav system would change that.
Quick settings: they could be improved but then so could everything. Look at iOS's notification mechanism. Garbage. Likewise, Android's share intent is probably the worst thing about the OS. So yes: swings and roundabouts.
Top of mine would be the removal of manufacturers skins. That seem to have an ability to bugger up bluetooth communication. Looking at you @HuaweiMobile and your inability to Allow a @GarminUK Vivoactive 3 to work
Might sound stupid, but I would love if they introduced a system api, backported to the support lib too, similar to the iOS "App Rating dialog" thing instead of every app having to implement something different. And like iOS give it a system wide toggle to disable the dialog
Wanted: a Play Services library for apps to gracefully request user reviews. Only Google have access to a user's review history, and could use it to prevent users who've already left a 5⭐️ from being prompted again at a later date or on a different device.