Oct 15 AT 3:42 PM Dustin Earley 48 Comments

Video: Android 4.2 to feature second pull down panel with quick settings


Now that Android 4.1.2 has hit the air and revealed itself to be a rather lackluster release, you’re probably already wondering what Android 4.2 will bring to the table. We’ve taken a look at some of the changes coming to the Gmail app expected to be introduced with Android 4.2. Today, we get a look at how Google may be implementing a new quick settings pull down panel into the status bar.

Ron Amadeo of Android Police has his hands on a full Android 4.2 JellyBeanMR1 system dump from the LG Nexus and is slowly but surely tearing it apart, looking for changes over the current Jelly Bean builds available today. LG Nexus prototypes have been spotted several times in the last week running Android 4.1.2. Apparently, this 4.2 build is very experimental and more than a little broken. But that hasn’t stopped the discovery of new features.

Found in the Systemui.apk file, the file that draws the notification bar, Google is using a place holder image for where they plan to insert a quick settings panel as a second pull down window from the status bar. In Android 4.2, you’ll be able to pull down from the status bar once to reveal the notification panel, and pull down again (with the notification panel still open) to reveal a quick settings panel. We’re not quite sure exactly what Google will put in the quick settings panel, but things like a wifi, Bluetooth, NFC, brightness and vibrate toggle are all good bets. To get an idea on just how a second pull down panel will work, check out the video below.

The video also reveals a couple other changes coming to the status bar and notification panel. It would appear that the status bar doesn’t disappear when you pull down the notification panel like it does in Android 4.1.2, and it also doesn’t go all the way down to the bottom of the screen. Whether or not these will both remain present when Android 4.2 launches is anyone’s guess. They could very well be bugs that need to be ironed out before a final release.

We should be seeing a lot more from this Android 4.2 system dump as the week rolls on. For now, what do you think of a second pull down quick settings panel? Do you like how manufacturers like Samsung have implemented a quick settings bar above the notification area better? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Android Police

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  • Ardrid

    While I’ve certainly grown accustomed to the way manufacturers have been managing quick settings, I think I’m going to like Google’s native implementation better. I imagine it’ll be much more robust than what we’re used to.

    • stenzor

      Yeah, it also won’t look like shit because it will actually match the UI unlike some manufacturer skins… cough….touchwiz…cough

    • Chantal89

      Not sure if real or just the typical false rumor- spread by android and me, you cant trust aam….

  • Dee

    interesting but i think it may go further than just some toggles.
    i appreciate google working on notifications but i think their energy should be spent elsewhere. im waiting for some more dynamic widgets. as of now widgets are mostly bland resizable rectangles. it would also be nice to be able to add buttons to the actual home bar. just thinking out loud.

    • mjt

      I agree on the toggles. Can we just get a phone CyanogenMod right out of the box that supports all the gsm and LTE bands and make it available off contract.

  • skugern

    I love this idea.

    Like many, I use a widget for these things, but it takes up screen real-estate – putting those settings in the status bar is just another reason why Android is my choice of OS.

    • unknown

      Try Notification Toggle from the market.

    • Georg

      Try Power Toggles, too!

      Looks much better than this thing in the screen shots and it is highly customizable.

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    So glad they are working this into the stock version. As much as I’m not a fan of skins and such, they generally influence the stock experience in a good way.

  • moi

    Waiting for the update citing that you have been pwned with fake rumours once again, lol.

    • Nate B.

      But there happens to be a video showing it done with LG Nexus…right. smh

    • Nate B.

      It’s one thing to troll but at least be smart when you do it. Uneducated a___ comment smh.

  • R.S

    That actually sounds useful. I use the initial pull down screen a lot on my Galaxy S II; to turn on/off GPS and BT.

    I’ve always felt that having more settings would be very useful. Now if they allowed us to customize the pull down screen options, now that would be incredible.

  • J3R3MY_H

    I consider this innovative.

  • shadhussain

    very excited about this. one of the reasons i rooted and flashed cyanogenmod on my old nexus one was because of the quick customizable settings on the drop down panel. it worked great, but i’d imagine google’s got a smoother way …

  • MoSDeeb

    That is a slick way to add functionality without getting in the way of other tasks. Bravo Google

  • Kizipotamus

    I really hope they keep the status bar disappearing like it is in 4.1. It looks much cleaner that way.

    • Aensb

      I really don’t like the fact the status bar disappears in 4.1. That’s one of the reasons I downgraded back to ICS. I will never upgrade again if they don’t at least make the status bar disappearing optional.

  • SanzaBlancoAkA2C

    I agree with the other’s that have said it’s nice when Google adds to stock Android by implementing well liked features from skinned versions. This is definitely welcomed. Now I just wish they’d add pinch to view all your home screens into the stock build.

  • Luis E. Cornejo

    Where is Xzibit?

  • LG Nexus

    Love it, this is great but I hope they keep the fact that the status bar disppears otherwise it ruins the clean feel. And also I’d prefer if they make it go all the way to the bottom. Like it is I’m 4.1

  • zymo

    Hold on! That’s not a Galaxy Nexus, but the LG Nexus 4! Look at the position of the speaker and chrome ring around the display. Yeah, first “hands-on” video :)

    • Thejuceman236

      I think you might be right. I didn’t notice the first time I watched but it definitely has that chrome ring around it.

  • Manzil

    All of this is nice, but what I really need is for bluetooth music streaming and handsfree profiles to work correctly when paired with my car. And even more important, some way to view/accept/decline meeting invites. Can’t believe right now there is NO WAY to do this on an Android mobile device unless you are using exchange calendar.

  • inviolable

    A rather lackluster release? Was there some kind of hype or expectations moving from 4.1.1 to 4.1.2?

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      This is cited as Android 4.2, not to be confused with Android 4.1.2.

  • aranea

    Good this will clean up setting widgets of my screen. More space for other widgets :D

  • jamal adam

    That looks slick and very intuitive. It looks to be a better implementation compared to the ones manufacturers have one their phones.

  • Camelman

    Doesn’t “pull down” sounds rather kinky? ;)

  • ionorov

    Don’t know if a second pull-down is the way to go. It’s one extra step isn’t it?

    One pull and another pull… I know it’s not that much effort but I prefer just one pull-down motion and boom, hit the required toggle.

  • Kellye

    Samsung phones already have the quick settings integrated into the notification pull down menu. No second pull down needed.

  • Flo

    Not sure, if I’d like it…
    It depends on the implementation and several other points.
    As I can say for me, I like it how it’s made is CM10 – I often forget that this is not google native because it is so basic for me.
    I don’T know if i’d not think the other pull down action would be to long-winded (is that the right word? I’m not a native speaker).
    That is based on the fact that I’m actually almost solely using the notofication bar for quick settings – maybe i should change my usage of it.

    In addition i want to say few things to the disappearing of the statusbar while pulling down.
    I totaly agree that it looks much better, but i can’t help me, but in my opinion it’s not perfectly made.
    I’d prefer something between total disappearing and replacing it and pulled down with the whole notification bar.
    What i definetly do not like is the fact, that some information in the statusbar can not be seen, when it’s pulled down.
    As an example: When I (with quick settings of CM10) pull down the n-bar and turn on mobile network – I’d like to see if the network is strong enough to watch a youtube video without a problem. If it’s not I’ll turn it of without closing the n-bar. So I have to open it again – that was better before JB.

    But maybe that’s all my problems….

  • uknowme

    Like many members here I am rooted. I’ve been enjoying this for a while now. HTC is the only manufacturer to do this correctly in my opinion.

  • Voliam

    Seems to me that if “quick settings” is located on a second panel, they’re not so quick anymore.

  • Derek

    I like the way HTC handles “Quick Settings” in Sense 3.5/3.6. You swipe to pull down notification bar and at the bottom there are two tabs. One says notifications the other says quick settings. Clicking on the quick settings tab opens up a long list of settings for all kinds of cool stuff. Wifi, bluetooth, mobile data, gps, volumes, etc. It’s really handy and easy to get too.

  • yankeesusa

    Thats great to see things like that. I love the settings options on my htc phones and since I won’t be sticking with htc for my next phone its good to see that stock android is going to be including options like this. Android just keeps getting better. I just hope that all these patent suits don’t affect any of these features like it did my favorite feature “universal search” which I use on my 3d everyday.

  • http://tasomaniac.com Said Tahsin Dane

    The worst thing in my Jelly Bean Galaxy S3 is the power buttons in the notification bar. In jelly bean, the notification bar is great. You can see whole the picture when you are uploading a photo to Google+. But in Galaxy S3 there is no space for extended notifications. There is a permanent bar for brightness. OMG! We cannot disable it.

  • Brian

    I still prefer MIUI’s notification menu after using stock Touchwiz and the various apps that put the toggles in the pulldown menu. This is better than those, but I liked having one menu with two tabs. One tab was the regular notification menu, while the other tab was for toggles(I think it was for 11 toggles, with the 12th being for “more” to customize them). You even had an option of having 4 or 5 main toggles in the original notification bar.

    • Jtari M

      Yea this should have been built in for all android versions.

  • Dan Jones

    It’s about time they add a quick settings pull-down. The one on the Kindle Fire is really great. I hope AOSP’s version has similar functionality.

  • Jtari M

    This shouldve been something they thought about way in the beginning, I always wondered why didn’t they have one already built in. They have damn near everything else but that.

  • Osvaldo

    Nice I hope that in this version they improve baterry and Performance even more, I heard they will also change email app

  • butta phace

    I’m half japanese and I like notification toggles.

  • Brendan Thomas

    I do like the quick settings at the top of the screen when the notification panel is down BUT thats quite a stretch on the bigger handsets such as the S3. I’d like to see the quick settings drop to the bottom of the notification panel for easier access.

  • Jason

    I believe that when it comes to this new style of pull down bar. we should have movable options. So, some like that the top status bar shows in that new video. But some do not like that it is there because it breaks up its clean look. then there is the positioning of the parts of the bar. take the power settings. Some might want it at the top and some at the bottom. And maybe there are some that would like it in the middle of the screen.
    Android is about customisation is it not? even the small things should not be over looked. Even the placement of the bottom and top bars should be movable. If I want the bottom bar with the app selection button on it to be on one of the sides of the phone, I should be able to do this.
    Now, do i believe that Google owes it to me or any one else. No not at all. But, they could take this as something to add. Basically everything on the devices should be able to move where ever we want them to go.