The lack of a 'clear all' button makes closing standby apps a bit more time-consuming, and Google is taking note of it.
At Google I/O 2018, the internet giant unveiled its latest Android P beta program. And for the first time, it isn’t limited to just the Google-built devices; there are options from Vivo, Nokia and Xiaomi that are also compatible with the Android P beta program. More phones are expected to be added to the list. However, there’s a small feature lacking on the latest beta – the ‘clear all’ option for standby apps in the recents menu.
The popular recents menu on Android has seen some key changes with Android P, including a big change that sees it switch from a vertical stack-based look to a horizontal card-based display. Earlier version of Android have also had the ‘clear all’ button, which can be used to close all apps that are currently being held in standby. However, on Android P, you have to manually swipe away each app individually.
According to a report by 9to5Google, Android engineering lead Dave Burke has confirmed that the feature will come back to a future version of Android P Beta for now, and perhaps even to the final stable version that goes live later this year. The removal of the option was earlier implemented because Google believed that it was no longer necessary.
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Android has developed to the point where you don’t need to obsessively close your apps to keep your phone running smoothly. The processes and memory management have been refined to the extent that Android is no longer burdened by background apps. However, users may have other reasons for closing apps – call it old habits or wanting a clean smartphone interface – and Google seems to be taking that feedback seriously.
The Android P Beta is available now, if you have a compatible device. For now, the list includes all four existing Pixel smartphones, the Nokia 7 Plus, the Essential Phone, and options from Oppo, Vivo, Sony and Xiaomi too.