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Android 5.0 bug makes it a bit harder to close all open apps

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Android 5.0 bug makes it a bit harder to close all open apps
The app switcher on Android allows you to click on a button, and see cards representing the apps that you've recently opened. A simple swipe on the card closes the app. Swipe to close all of your open applications, and there should be no cards remaining when you open the app switcher. However, a bug on Android 5.0 is allowing a random card to show up in the switcher, even after all of the apps have been closed.

On the video that accompanies this story, you see the app switcher completely cleared of apps, and yet a random card appears. This app is closed, and yet another one shows up when the switcher is opened again. It apparently takes about two or more cycles of opening the switcher, closing all of the apps, opening the switcher again, and closing random apps, before you finally have no more apps open.

The random app that appears, thanks to the bug, is one that you had open before you started to close the open apps. You need to have quite a few apps open before the bug does its "thing." And it is not related to any particular device, either. The bug has appeared on the Nexus 5, Motorola Moto X (2014) and the Nexus 7 (2013), all running Android 5.0.

Previous issues involving Android 5.0 included a problem with Wi-Fi connectivity that led to the battery getting drained. That bug was exterminated. Another problem with the latest Android build made it difficult for some Android handsets powered by Lollipop, to connect to a Wi-Fi signal



source: YouTube, AndroidPolice via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 17 Nov 2014, 23:27 5

1. Bondurant (Posts: 426; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


this is the beauty of android. It lets you have some imperfections so you can better taste perfection.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 00:24 1

9. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1442; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Well every major updates comes with many bugs like this. The same goes for other platforms. But the problem with Android is that updation process is complicated compared to iOS. There is no guarantee whether OEMs and carriers will update their devices to the latest version especially the old devices. This doesn't apply to Moto or nexus

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 01:51 3

14. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4186; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Agree with everything except updation. It's just update process, not updation process. Updation isn't a word.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:27

25. Finalflash (Posts: 3085; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Not really, the OEMs only take forever on major updates, the small bug fixes were always quick to update within days. These are going to be incorporated into most Lollipop updates from day one and even if they aren't, they'll roll out to the public fairly quickly since OEMs and carriers won't need to add anything to them.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:54

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 21211; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


It's a bug dude, 5.0 has a few of em. Stop making excuses, no OS is perfect.

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 00:21

37. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Yeah. Android copied iOS 8.

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 23:33 1

2. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Cool bug. ;)

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 23:38 1

3. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Not so cool.

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 23:56 1

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yeah, but this shows how testing is done of some newly added features like this one and flashlight, and many more would be occurring.

Every major release of any OS has bugs but these types of are major coz these are new features and one of the main.

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 23:40 3

4. Sauce2 (banned) (Posts: 199; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


When can we expect this to be fixed?

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 23:42 5

5. cnour (Posts: 746; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


This is the beauty of Android, a lot of bugs that push you to always wait the next update!!!!!!

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 00:19 2

8. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1442; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Every major updates comes with many bugs like this. The same goes for other platforms.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:28 1

26. Finalflash (Posts: 3085; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


No, other "platforms" had problems that ended up bricking devices. This is something almost irrelevant.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 00:54 4

12. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Yes, a beautiful bug and look at the picture and that is sexy bug, haha!

And yes, all major updates comes with many bugs like the iOS before but they fixed immediately.

Where are those iDroid fans now and look what they have too.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 00:03

7. Raihanpatel111 (unregistered)


Can Anyone confirm that this bug is not from "SCR 5+ free"

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 08:34

29. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I had this same bug on the dev preview and still have it on the official 5.0. I do not have SCR 5+ installed on my N5. The random window it will show is normally some related to Android System, though I can't reopen it.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 00:50

10. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (limited) (Posts: 1133; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Serve those fanboy right to rush the update, while average Joe still rocking their jellybean,

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 01:53

15. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4186; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Depends on which phone you use. All of mine are running KK.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 00:53 2

11. rantao333 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 May 2013)


"beauty of it" "cool" "taste of perfection"

compare to the comments on apple's articles. i can see how biased and hatred human being can be.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 01:51 1

13. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


yeah, why is it that apple has a bug that lasted 1-2 days before it was fixed and it's all overhyped and allover the world hated and "apple is doomed" and all, but knowing Android updates come once a year to most devices - how long till this is repaired by Google, sent to manufacturers for their UI overlay, then sent to Carriers to add/update their bloat and voila, 6-12 months later your flashlight fixed..

Never had to wait for an update, how will this work. Android new update has a bug - how does Samsung user on Verizon gets a fix once Google releases a patch?

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 01:56

16. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4186; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Where do you get that Android only updates once a year? Since last year KK had 5 updates. Most dealt with the SSL/Heartbleed issue.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 02:17

17. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Some devices never got an update at all... some take 6 months to a year to get an updated released by Google 6-12 month ago. I know some devices like Nexus and Moto get updates fairly quick.. but the rest of the flagships - how long?

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:13

24. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


That's the thing. The only people that care about this are the Apple fanboys like you. And the only reason you care is to talk down To Android fans or talk up your beloved Apple.

Everyone else is happy to ignore Google updates and concentrate on touchwiz, sense, and their own skinned updates. Heck, Amazon doesn't even use the playstore.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 03:03

20. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Wait let me rephrase that....

Yes Google updates Android multi-times a year, but dont carriers barely care to push those updates and often dont even...?

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:31

27. Finalflash (Posts: 3085; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Major updates yes, but minor ones like this are rolled out in a day or two. It is only when they go from 4.0 to 4.1 to 5 do they take a while. But even for those, LG is rolling it out within a month of release, HTC within 2, Samsung within 1-2, and Moto has it out already. So complaining is only from Apple fans, most Android fans are okay getting their update within a year from the last major update.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 02:49

18. alumoyo (Posts: 357; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


Did they have to pick THAT BUG for the picture - the insect from hell???!!!

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 03:21

21. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


What is this "open gate"?

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 03:58 1

22. Raihanpatel111 (unregistered)


CONFIRMED
THE VIDEO MAKER is Stupidest person living on this planet

He is using a 3rd party screen recording application to record this video..and he want to close that app while recording video with it.... that is not possible...
This is not a bug ... this is stupidity
I thought PA have more intelligent persons to catch this stupidity

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 08:38

30. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Reading is good! Him closing the app and the app stopping is NOT the bug! If you have a device with 5.0 I bet you can replicate it yourself. Please try reading next time before calling people stupid, as you're the one that's not understanding it.

"On the video that accompanies this story, you see the app switcher completely cleared of apps, and yet a random card appears."

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 10:31

32. Raihanpatel111 (unregistered)


that's not the random card.... if you can see it in the video... Its a card from that third party screen recording app.... next time... if you can't understand someone's comment... kindly ask that person to explain... dear sold phone

for your smart brain.... see comments of all other Lollipop users...No one is complaining about this issue.. No one is facing this issue ...
So next time you start teaching something to "random" guy on a website... be sure that the thing is perfectly clear in your mind

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 14:36

33. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I'll take screen shots of it occurring on my phone since you have difficulties understanding. Give me 10 min and I'll be more than happy to prove you wrong!

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 14:37

34. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Oh here are some lollipop users that have the same issue! LMAO
Try again bud...you fail at reading and comprehension.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/11/17/lollipops-app-switcher-has-a-bug-that-shows-random-cards-after-youve-cleared-them-all/

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 14:53

35. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


How do you not see the random Android System window at 9 seconds? Are you both blind and stupid? Oh here are my screenies....I close all open apps and magically more appear with I click the recent button again.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mfq5R6OEnTSy1SeElycmxhWWs/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mfq5R6OEnTZjFiNjZoRkVxUnM/view?usp=sharing

Once again please leave this type of stuff up to the experts as you are far from one! If I were you, I'd refrain from calling people stupid when you don't understand something.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 07:26

28. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Nope, my Nexus 7 2012 does not have this issue....

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 09:22

31. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2890; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I'm more concerned with the bug that Dutch users on Vodafone can't send text messages on a Nexus 5 and will be billed for international messages. Which is still odd, since it's only on Vodafone with a Nexus 5 running Lollipop.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 17:33

36. oxf0rd (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Nov 2014)


I regret updating to Lolipop on my nexus 4. In my opinion its the worst android version ever released since android 2.1. Not only the new design and UI is horrible but also its extremely hard to use for new android users. The lock screen is crappy. The notification panel is terrible and the colors are the worst ever. The phone lags a lot witch it didn't lag on KitKat. Closing apps is harder now and multutasking uses more RAM. Switching tabs now no longer exists in chrome. They integrated tabs in the recent apps button so you have to open the recent apps switcher and find your opened tabs between all your opened apps. That's the stupidest thing ever. My mom got a new nexus 5 last month and she loved KitKat when I updated it for her to Lollipop she couldn't do anything anymore and she said its the worst phone ever. Of course she doesn't know much about tech and smartphones but she was able to learn how to use KitKat easier. My cousin also has nexus 4 and told me that lollipop update is the worst ever with its new ugly design.

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 08:16

38. ishyank (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)


I own nexus 5 after updating to lollipop suffering from camera bug then chrome crashing so many times then closing app in background is also a problem.

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