Google goes back to one step toggle for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in Quick Settings on Android N

Google goes back to one step toggle for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in Quick Settings on Android N
It was just a few days ago that we told you how Google had changed the way Android users turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in Quick Settings. Previously, users could tap the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth icon to toggle each feature on and off. And Android users loved the simplicity of it all. But along came Android N Developer Preview 4 to change everything.

With the changes, a tap on the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth icon produces a list of nearby Wi-Fi networks and nearby Bluetooth devices, respectively. A separate toggle switch to the right of each icon turns on or off the feature, doubling the number of steps needed to enable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to two.

On the Android issue tracker there are literally more than 200 complaints about the new setup, and apparently that was enough for Google to decide to return to the old one-step toggle method. A project manager posted on the issue tracker that future builds of Android N will bring the old method back.


This is actually a very good example of why Google courts user feedback when putting the final touches on a new Android build.

Thanks for the tip!

source: AndroidIssueTracker

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18 Comments

1. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Cool.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And they changed it before because?

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Because trying new things isn't a crime?

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Mr. Flash seems like an attorney of Google! Yes, it is not a crime, but the fellow was just curious as to why Google even bothered to change something that already was perfect and turned into "Double Trouble", and that's my question too...! It isn't a crime, Ha! The oldest phrase in the book! G'Day!

10. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

probably it's a crime according to mxy.. because a faithful apple slave like him must never questioned his master's decision or face the biggest punishment later on.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It was actually a bug In the issue tracker, it was classified as defect (i.e. bugs), not enhancement (i.e. requests)

6. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

They were trying to be consistent. When you pulled down the status bar and go to the quick settings menu tapping the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons shows a list of wireless networks and Bluetooth devices respectively. They brought that same functionality to the mini toggles that always show at the top of the notification tray.

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

In my humble opinion, the should opt for a "Long Press" ala Windows 10M which I find quite smart and rather natural... Too bad, Force Touch isn't coming to Android anytime soon... Same can be said about native Touch to wake support ala Windows Phone... Google, are you listening? Lets hope that you are! G'Day!

14. lamseunyau

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Force touch is technically on an Android device before apple (huawei specifically) and yes, it is actually called "Force Touch" not 3d touch :)

16. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Long pressing the quick toggles has a functionality already. Have you used the preview or Android in general lately?

3. lamseunyau

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

I don't feel like it's a step back, It prevents the user to toggle them off by accident and you don't usually toggle them minute by minute amirite?

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@lamseunyau Now, that's what I call blind praise... Yet another "Android Attorney" (Get the pun?)... I'm an old man, but even I don't remember "accidently" pulling down the notifications A.N.D switching off WiFi or Bluetooth... But say what you like... Oh and one note thing, any Fandroid has a great potential of becoming a good lawyer... REALLY good lawyer! So think about it, seriously... You're THAT good... You excuse sounds pretty good at first, bit it turns out to be bogus when one think about it for a moment... I almost have you a thumbs up!

11. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

that is just his opinion, not a blind praise. of course u cant remember everything, a senile old man like u probably never remember everything, not even your birth date!! one thing for sure, u have a great potential to become an old man with no life outside phonearena.

13. lamseunyau

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Good guess, i'm actually studying in a law school. for real. But you know, it's not just about whether YOU haven't experienced toggling it by accident but how the person perceives them as a downgrade or an upgrade. That is the purpose of my opening/first sentence.

15. davidsmith

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 09, 2016

Time to request more from Google.

17. GoGoGalaxyNexus

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

@GreenDude what are you doing posting comment in an android report if you hate android so much? every comment from you is a complaint about other people's comments, I don't like Apple, they are a blood sucking company for suckers, yet I don't make any comments in any article related to them, sometimes I don't even read them, when I do is just to learn about the copies Apple makes of Android OS, then again I give a damn about the iphone or any apple related stuff, bottom line dude, take it easy, read the comments if you want, laugh like I do and stop criticizing everything other people post here, thanks

18. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

They need to do this for the data connection toggle. Before, I was able to use a widget or the quick toggle to turn it on/off with one tap. Now, I have to go to a data usage screen and tap to turn off, plus dismiss a 'mobile data won't be available' message.

19. YOURDADkid unregistered

@GoGoGalaxyNexus Good job. You are making sense for Non-sense people

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