I may go against the mainstream.
I would like to see that the platform make a commitment to a split. A micro-controller on one, a SBC the other.
the 32 is closer to a SBC than anything I have seen before in the micro-controller environment
I would like to something between the 8266 and the 32. Micro-controller side.
the 32 is too large and too complicated. I still have not seen anyone answer the question of the difference between Vspi and Hspi....
as you can tell, I am a veriest tyro, but I believe that 99% of the users are too.
I would like 10 or more GPIO on the 8266,
add the ultra low power engine
leave the SPI and I2C as direct, the 10 new pins to be GPIO with ADC
add the RTC
I have a choice, use the 8266 and a port expander/shift register/ADC to get the extra pins I need
use the 32 to get the pins
use an Arduino board to get the GPIO pins. (second board)
as for memory, in the micro-controller world, few people ever need more than the Arduino offers.
in the SBC world, there can never be enough flash.
just add pads. let the user add the chip(s) they want
in the microcontroller world for battery power LOWER the clock speed. the Arduino is at 16, go to 40, stop with the 3 digit speeds. it winds up like the Rpi that over heats, cannot be battery powered and burns out SD cards so cannot be relied upon for more than a toy. An Embedded Rpi is a silly concept. An Embedded Arduino is a solid platform.
In my opinion, the ARDUINO is out-dated. the 20ish I/O pins are great, but no wifi and only 10 bit ADC.
no LAN, no RTC
the 30-pin-8266 could be the next mainstream board for beginners/hobbiests.
second suggestion. the WROOM32 module is fantastic, but it seems that there are so many different dev-boards that I cannot get 2 that are the same. create a form-factor that is factory authorized so the physical dimensions and the pin locations are fixed.
three versions, the dual row compact, the 30 pin I/O and the Aircraft carrier version.
There are those of us who want to create a product using a board that is guaranteed to be made for the next 3-5 years. Like Ubuntu or Apple does. there is always room for people to make their own, but an official layout would be welcome.
I do not think there are any suppliers that can say they will off the same board in 6 months.
There were at least 12 ESP8266 boards, from 8 pins on up. and they were all made by that spec. The ESP-01 is still popular !
#3) add LoRa
#4) add ESP-Fast as a new standard. no need to WiFi between boards. I have projects than need up-ward of 20 boards in a greenhouse. All less than 100 meters, usually less than 20.
monitor soil, turn on valves, have touch screen. all go back to a SBC for data storage and Web portal.
on a farm, you can have a handful in each building and some further out in the fields.