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Android 4.3 to See App Drawer Sorting by Favorites or Alphabetically?


We still don’t have Android 4.3, even though most thought that it was originally scheduled to be released at Google I/O in May and then mid-June at the latest. But no matter what, no one is expecting it to bring major changes to the UI. At this point, thanks to a couple of leaks (including a 4.3 ROM for the Galaxy S4 GPE), we’re really looking at some under the hood stuff along with tweaks to notifications and potentially even the app drawer. 

Site Myce.com dug through code found in a project on the Linux Foundation Labs, noticing there to be mentions of sorting apps and widgets either alphabetically or by favorites. Currently, the stock Android app drawer only lists each alphabetically, so this change would at least allow for better control over the maze that can be dozens of installed apps. They noticed that the system will count each time an app is opened, which could mean that the “Favorites” tab will be populated automatically. The same goes for widgets.

If you currently use a third party launcher, you’ll know that sorting options have been available for years. It’s not surprising to see stock Android adopt features like this as they are useful, it’s just not something that’s to be considered game changing. Then again, 4.3 is no longer expected to fall into that category anyway.

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Still no word on a release of Android 4.3. Soon? Maybe?

Via:  Myce

  • Elthon Cisneros

    when can i expect this to hit the Play Store? 😀

  • sean.yesmunt

    One of my favorite features of Apex allows you to sort by most used in app drawer. Hope this gets implemented. And please let me hide apps from app drawer.

  • Funny, MS announced this feature for Windows 8.1 at //build/ last week

  • It would be great.

  • WP8_Android_iOS

    wow what a big feature and i was using it in my OLD Xperia X10 and thousands of 3rd party launchers since dawn of android. no wonder nexus devices are all second class iphones

  • John Burke

    Please just add the ability to remove Apps & ideally also rearrange them how I see fit. Then I’ll be happy enough that I might be able to leave Nova.

    I love Nova but even as an owner of all the Nexus phones I haven’t used the stock Launcher.. .almost ever simply because it lacks those features.
    Of course I’d also love GLOBAL Badge Notifications (like Nova Prime supports via “MissedIt” as a Provider) but that might be asking too much from 4.3…supported in KLP would be nice though.
    *fingers crossed*

  • [A]dri[A]n

    As nice as stock Android is, they’re barely gonna add a feature that every OEM has had on their custom UI’s for years.

  • James Monday

    Looks like I’ll have to wait for the next Nexus to see this feature cause god knows my Galaxy Nexus on Verizon is never going to see another update…

    • geedee82


    • Steve Benson

      That’s your fault for still owning it.

  • NorCalGuy

    As a crackflasher I can say I ain’t got no time fo favorites

  • teleclimber

    I wish they’d put a search bar in the app drawer so I can find the app I’m looking for by name (or description).

    If I’m in the app drawer it’s because I’m looking for an app I don’t often use, so I usually don’t remember what its icon looks like or whatever.

    And every time a new app is installed the grid of apps shift so muscle memory is no use.

    • teleclimber

      Ah.. this is why I love Android: I see there are app drawer replacements in the play store.

  • shecalledmejay

    Nova Launcher.

    • rutgersjaffo

      What would you say are the benefits of Nova over Go?

      • shecalledmejay

        I can’t really tell you because I don’t know much about Go launcher anymore I have been with Nova from day one and never looked back

  • akazerotime

    This changes everything that was changed the last time it changed.. again

    • Brad Ross

      You, kind sir, have just blown my mind!!!

    • Bill Hill


  • kixofmyg0t

    Moto’s launcher has a favorites tab. I can honestly say I never ever use it. I keep everything I use most on my homescreen with folders and circle launcher.

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    • Ryan

      Almost Magical?

    • DJ SPY

      As much as we criticize all apple about stealing ideas, Google is just as guilty. If you want to see the future of stock Android just download and install the popular launchers.

      • Mike

        AOSP. Android Open Source Project…it’s collaborative. Apple cribbed a ton from android, BBOS5, and Windows Mobile

      • kashtrey

        I feel like the difference is that Google doesn’t seem to try to pass it off as some revolution. I almost think Google holds back on certain things like this to allow developers to make some money. Google could pretty easily see an awesome feature in an app on Play and take the idea and incorporate it into Android, killing the 3rd party app market in the process

        • michael arazan

          If google sees something it wants, it buys it. Look how many apps they have bought to integrate it into android. Apple would just take it and give them the finger

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    • ARod

      And yet the OS still doesn’t have the native ability to personalize SMS/MMS ringtones. Like I had on my BB Storm 4 freaking years ago. Truly revolutionary.

      • Jrock

        That’s funny. I can do that on mine. Even have different ringtones for different people. Are you sure you’re using an android phone?

      • Viva Movil

        Learn how to use your phone maybe?

        • rutgersjaffo

          Or you, and the other 12 people who backed you, could…uh…not be a dick and give the guy a heads up. Just sayin.

      • rutgersjaffo

        The ability to not be able to set individual text and MMS tones irritates me. If my Note II can do this, I can’t figure out how. And trying to get Lightflow to work on its own without complications drove me nuts so I uninstalled it.