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

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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37 Comments

1. Bondurant

Posts: 785; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

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

9. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

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

25. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

37. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Yeah. Android copied iOS 8.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Cool bug. ;)

3. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Not so cool.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

4. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

When can we expect this to be fixed?

5. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

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

8. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

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

26. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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

12. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 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.

7. Raihanpatel111 unregistered

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

29. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

10. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

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

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

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

11. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 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.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

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?

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

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?

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

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...?

27. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

18. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

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

21. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

What is this "open gate"?

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

30. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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."

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

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