Finally: Hidden Android M feature allows customization of quick toggles

Finally: Hidden Android M feature allows customization of quick toggles
One of Android's core strengths is its open nature — any developer can build on top of it, and many do. Given the platform's scale, it's unsurprising that this has spawned a number of communities that focus on modding the system in order to gain extended functionality. For years now, we've called modded Android software custom ROMs, though not all mods and hacks require you to flash an entirely new firmware. The byproduct of this activity is obvious if you step back — Google has a legion of (unpaid) developers contributing to Android, and a free pick of the features it likes best.

Over the years, third-party devs' efforts have translated into functionality that, eventually, becomes available with stock — or Google's — Android. In Android M, we already saw yet another great piece making the transition from a third-party perk to a core feature — granular volume controls bar. After some digging, however, we found that another often-requested feature may very well become a part of the core Android experience: customizable quick toggles.

In case you drew a blank at the mention of quick toggles, they're simply the shortcuts available when within the notifications panel that you slide from the top. There, you have access to brightness control, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and so on. Until now, it's never been possible to re-arrange or change these. In Android M, however, this may change, judging by a new feature available within the hidden (by default) Developers options menu. In there, you can find a SystemUI tuner option, which if enabled, spawns a menu of the same name in the root settings menu, as shown below.

For the time being, the option is quite buggy, and constantly causes the system UI to crash. Occasionally, however, it works properly, allowing us to change things around and even add a new, custom toggle. Due to the nature of developer previews, it is possible that this feature never makes it into the final, commercial software, so keep that in mind. If it does, however, Google will give many an additional reason to love stock Android.

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14 Comments

1. NickPeters

Posts: 74; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Well, it was just a matter of time they introduced it.

10. waddup121 unregistered

Just matter of time!!!

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

OEM skins have this since gingerbread days. I'm surprised this took Google sooooo long.

4. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

And yet those Android purist feels like it's a huge blessing to their stock Android. God they're like hardcore Apple fans who won't touch anything that's not pure Android. Ugh... #XperiaFTW

7. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

No I am a pure android user (nexus 4) and I have to say that pure android is very boring. Sure it doesnt lag or anything, but it doesnt really have great features to show for. I have always wanted few features of samsung like the screen is on as long as u look at it or the multi window. And I am not really excited anymore of any incoming nexuses as I am quite tired of stock android..

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

I had me until your hashtag. I do agree though.

12. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I love pure Android because I want a clean slate that I can customize for myself. Before Lollipop I was using Power Toggles to place quick toggles in the notification shade. Notification Toggles and Widgetsoid will accomplish the same task. There's also an app called Control Panel that emulates iOS's Control Center. And if I wanted to I could keep the notification shade clean - an option not available with OEM skins.

13. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

I hate the OEM skins, not their extra features. They push their own crap on you like s voice and their skins are clunky and laggy. But that being said I like a lot of the features some OEMS have to offer.

3. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

Wait, you mean all this time it couldn't be done on stock android? And people wonder why OEMs modify Android.

5. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I prefer OEMs skin over Google. I don't know why they love Google's.

6. SaulGoodman

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I've been using Android for a couple years now, through Cyanogenmod since in most of the cases this is as close as I can get to a pure android experience, but I never realized it wasn't possible in the stock android...It's a shame on Google.

8. Tsrnexus

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Just get rid of that ugly vertical app drawer

9. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Even BlackBerry has had this for more than a year or so now. Took a little too long for Google to add it.

14. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Android is really nice but I think Google has to work more on features since theyre selling devices as Nexus 6.

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