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Android L Might Let You Customize Your Quick Settings Drop Down on Official Release

If you have been following our coverage of Android L since its announcement at Google I/O this year, you will already know that we are pretty big fans of the new Quick Settings Panel. The new layout and design of the feature makes it easier to use and looks much better than it has on any version of Android we are running now. The only way we could be bigger fans of the QSP is if we could customize it. Apparently, Google is one step ahead of us. 

Posted on one of the issue trackers for the Android L project, one smart user posed the question to Google, “why can’t we customize these settings?” He went on to back up his argument by saying that different users have different needs at their settings menu and that some of the toggles aren’t needed by everyone. Luckily, someone at Google heard his plea and passed it along to the development team as something that could be worked into Android L.

We know this is far from being confirmed as a new feature in Android L’s upcoming changelog, but such a simple thing would be welcome by many users. Time will only tell if Google decides to put their time into giving us this bit of fan service or not.

Until then, be sure to check out our video on the current Android L QSP.

Via: Phone Arena | Google Code
  • Deez

    I disagree about the look of it. Looks bad and isn’t even consistent in design. You have these 2 toggles for WiFi and Bluetooth on the top there with liners between the icon and label. Without the liners between them you would get a weird pyramid stack look. They are trying to balance everything by placing the liners between them, but it still looks weird. Especially considering that the other toggles aren’t designed like that. It’s a poor cop out in an attempt to fix a bad layout.

    People have taken this minimalist design b.s. too far. The new QSP looks like sh!t to me. As does the notifications and mostly everything else Android L. It’s quite disappointing.

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  • TC Infantino

    I am excited to see the new features of Android L. But, I really would love for Google to actually Name the update, instead of it just being L. What happened to them trolling us TechnoGeeks with Key Lime Pie for so long, then pulling a switch to Kit Kat. I know it isn’t really a big deal, but it is just an added bit of fun.

  • jamdev12

    I hope so cause it ducks badly right now on this alpha release.

  • In the current ‘L’ build you can add “invert colors” to the quick settings menu.

  • dsignori

    Stock android has been SO FAR BEHIND in the notification toggles forever now. Touchwiz has led the way on this since around 2010. Now all skins do this better than Google. It’s about time for Google to be honest ..

  • FortitudineVincimus

    L is the shizzz….

  • Caleb Nauman

    It would be great if there was a flashlight quick toggle.

    • Shadowstare

      That’s what I use power toggles for. Specifically for the flashlight.

  • Trevor

    This would be awesome. This is one of the main reasons I have Xposed and Gravity Box installed.

  • NexusMan

    I haven’t seen a still of that yet. That looks great.

  • guest

    You guys are always late and just recycle yesterdays news from other sites, this was on every other website yesterday.

  • Brian Lippman

    PLEASE make this happen Google! And then give developers an API to add their own toggles to it. That would make it even more amazing.

    • maysider

      they will not do it, they follow zero ergonomics, featureless design iDiocy 🙁

      • kottayam kunjachan

        psss Apple fan boy detected

        • maysider

          🙂 I have never had a limited/overpriced Apple product and I will never have 🙂

  • Jack3D

    Good, because brightness needs to be there…

    • Brandon Lang

      You’ve got the ambient light slider aka brightness option baked into L

      • Jack3D

        Ehhh, don’t gimme that iOS-like crap! J/K, I had forgotten that.

  • BoFiS

    That would be excellent as I’ve been customizing those on my phone for years and years. Would be nice if there could also be the quick toggles in the normal notification pull-down too like in CM these days. The more customization options built in the better!!

  • Chris

    My HTC one m8 does this right out of the box….. Good to see google catching up….

    • LionStone

      Yep, and Sense 5.5 on my HTC DNA has these customizations too.

  • Droid Ronin

    Good thing that most AOSP or CM based ROMs already offer this feature.

  • LSH99

    There is no good reason that you can’t already do this in stock. One of its most glaring deficiencies, IMO.

  • josuearisty

    They should add more customizable features, for example change the order of nav buttons, I prefer back on the right, add or remove pm am to the time, etc

  • Paul

    xposed ftw

    • Suicide_Note

      That plus Gravity Box > everything.

      • Yep. Throw in Xposed GEL Settings and I’m good to go on any ROM.

        • nate

          Google should really implement those settings into the launcher. Having the default 4×4 grid on a 5″+ screen looks terrible because the icons are so big

      • raazman

        Gravity box makes my Nexus 5 lag (multitasking lag). 🙁

    • jeff manning

      Security Risk

      • Ralph Bretz

        This right here.

      • Paul

        The source code for xposed and gravity box are available for your review. You can even build it yourself if you don’t trust the apks.

        • Boblank84

          THIS. its really no different than any custom rom or root app. Make sure the developer is recognized and established and shares its source. Be careful what you install in and out of the play store.

        • Robert Paulson

          That doesn’t make it more secure. Unless you are saying nothing open source ever had a huge security flaw… Open SSL wasn’t really open right?

          • Paul

            You’re correct, being open source alone doesn’t necessarily make it more secure. However, it does mean that you can verify the developer isn’t doing anything purposefully malicious.

            If you’re referring to it being insecure because of random bugs that are inherent in all software, then you’re right – it is a security risk in the same regards that running any version of rooted Android is a security risk. Open SSL had a bug that resulted in a security risk. Android itself surely has many such bugs. OS X too.

            If rooting Android is too much of a risk, then don’t do it. But if you’re doing that anyway, then I’d argue that Xposed is no more of a risk than rooting alone.

          • jamdev12

            OpenSSL was affected by the newest implementation of the code, and for that matter, the fact that you had other peers able to review the code and patch it, speaks very well for the open source community. Don’t try to take down open source because you can’t wrap your brain around the fact that code is available to everyone. Every server, router, switch, firewall, load balancer that your packets are being sent to and from whatever device you are surfing the web with had open source code written in it. There are plenty of hard working people who want to make sure your data is protected and will do everything they can to keep you safe online.

        • jeff manning

          The source code is not what matters. The changes that Xposed makes to the system seriously compromises the integrity of android OS. I’m not talking about malicious software on the developers side.

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  • FortitudineVincimus

    I dont plan to buy my next phone until it has L cooked in off the shelf. Still using my SGS3 daily, so I will wait. L is just on the horizon, so I will hold out for a bad azzzz phone and one that is built and optimized to use L.

    • PoisonApple31

      But M is just a little over a year away! Maybe you should wait…

  • bored at work

    my apn for kit kat didnt let MMS work on the developer preview of android L =( anyone else have this problem?

    • engwalker

      Yes, that’s a common problem. I had to use hello sms and turn off wifi when I send/receive mms.

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  • Ralph Bretz

    That would be awesome. Add in custom Navigation bar settings and that would put in over the moon. Center clock option also.