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App Info Screen Contains More Options In Android M

June 2, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

Google is spending plenty of time refining the user experience within Android, as is evident with every release up to a new version of Android. The latest version to be though, Android M, may very well bring the refinement to a whole new level as Google so far appears to be laying down all kinds of polish in many unsuspecting areas of the system UI. Most users probably wouldn’t think about looking for added usability of a new default apps section within the application settings menu, but it’s certainly there in the Android M developer preview, and there’s loads more little fine touches where that came from.

Also within the application settings, are minor tweaks to the info screens for individual apps, something which unassuming Android users may never stumble upon or care to have access to. Make no mistake though this is something that adds a level of control for the user that should anyone want to take advantage of it, the benefits are easy to notice. Essentially Google has cleaned things up in the App info screen to make it look a little more organized, which has also allowed them to fit more within this screen in a way. By taking the details related to the amount of data storage associated with a specific app and placing them in their own screen instead of having them laid out on the main page of the app information, things just have a cleaner appeal to them.

Google has also moved the uninstall apps button out of the main space on the App info page and transferred it to the overflow header up top next to the “App Info” tag. There was unused space here, so why not make use of it. Google has also moved the details pertaining to default apps onto its own page, an adjustment which was needed for them to introduce a new option for allowing users to set wheter an app should be opened by default without being asked by the system whether or not they want to do so. This comes in the form of a toggle on/off option which users can manipulate on a per app basis. Within the app info screen users will also have access to allowing certain more specific permissions for apps, and app notification details and toggles are located within the App Info screen as well. There is nothing extremely exciting about these changes when you compare them at scale to all the changes brought forth by Lollipop, but they will be nice to have and it gives what greatness Lollipop already brings to the OS a fine tuned adjustment.