An awesome little Jelly Bean tip came across my desk today. Direct from a Googler, no less!

In the middle of a rousing discussion on G+ about the uniformity of Jelly Bean's new default app dialog (GTKA article forthcoming), Adam Powell, an Android framework engineer, clued us in to the following Jelly Bean protip:

You know the app pickers in Jelly Bean? These things:

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They've been given a makeover in JB. They switched from a black list to a white grid with giant icons, and that's great and all, but there's a new, less obvious addition to these little menus. They are now long-pressable! Check it out:


Long pressing on an icon will jump you directly to the App Info screen for that application. That's super handy for when you spot that strange app that you'd like to get rid of. It works on every white grid dialog I've found.

So you can now jump to App Info with a long press on a notification, a recent app thumbnail, or the app picker.

Isn't that neat? We thought that was neat.

Thanks Adam!

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • Gloria Tortorella

    Yep! That's neat :D thanks

  • Chuck Testa

    Much more intuitive this way, good change.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1359390083 Sodiq Awokoya

    I Knew this

    • http://twitter.com/sam1am John Samuel αΩ

      Hey internet, let's close up shop. This guy already knows everything. Good game everyone, it's been fun.

      • mesmorino

        He probably didn't mean it that way and if he did, you're no better for responding like that

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1359390083 Sodiq Awokoya

        realax there buddy the internet don't follow losers like you.

  • http://twitter.com/bicengineering Justin Biccum

    I found something interesting today too. not sure if it's been in android forever, but when you long press 'Power Off' it will ask you if you want to reboot into safe mode and it will disable all third party software.

    • Stephen Zipprich

      New with JB I believe.

    • http://droiddev.co.cc/ CuriousCursor

      Haha brilliant! I read this but I thought it referred to the button then.

    • http://twitter.com/namd88 Nam Dang

      Wow cool. I can stop using QuickBoot now :-)

    • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

      Could you explain were and how to long press the power button? When the phone is on or off?

      I'm just getting a menu to shutdown, airplane mode, mute etc. But no "reboot into safe mode".

      • NoUsernamesFree

        Get to the menu wtih power off/airplane mode/etc. Then long press on power off and a new dialog appears.

  • http://twitter.com/sam1am John Samuel αΩ

    You can also do this from the notification area, FYI.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Some folks are saying it was already present in ICS, but I wasn't able to verify this on the EVO LTE (granted, Sense) or the ASUS TF300, which pretty much runs stock ICS with a few improvements. Is this really something present in stock ICS on the Nexuses and the XOOM but nerfed everywhere else? I'm talking strictly the defaults selector when you can open something with more than one app.

    • http://youtube.com/user/CurelessSyn CurelessSynergy

      Not in ICS. I have a Galaxy Nexus, 4.0.4.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I'm not talking about the reboot option - I'm talking about what Ron has described.

        • http://youtube.com/user/CurelessSyn CurelessSynergy

          Yea, I noticed after I posted. Still not in ICS.

  • Zaatour36

    man, i wish there is pure Google experience option in every Android phone :(

    I get really pissed off choosing launchers and such!

    If it didn't buy GS3, my 2nd choise would be a the latest Nexus!

  • http://droiddev.co.cc/ CuriousCursor

    Maybe I'm getting greedy but an option to disable some apps from appearing in those boxes would be wonderful

  • wickets

    Does anyone know how to change the choice you make? E.G complete using browser (you make your pick and click always) A few hours, days, weeks, months later you change your mind and decide to use the other browser as a default. How does one make the change? Thanks.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Just open the app's property (the app that is now default) and click Clear Defaults.

      • wickets

        Thanks......that's an easy fix! I had clicked on always for a notification sound app when i really meant to hit just once. Thanks again

  • usnmustanger

    I really don't see how this is all that useful. 99 times out of 100, if I've got one of those dialogs up, it's because I need to complete a task that is not even remotely connected to viewing the app info for the apps in the dialog (e.g. sharing something, choosing a default app to execute an action, etc.). Neat? Maybe. Useful? Only on incredibly rare occasions.
    As for the "Complete action using..." app selection dialog, that change is a ridiculously poor human interface design choice. What used to take one tap now takes two. I know an extra tap doesn't rank too highly on the caloric burn scale, but when designing human interface elements, you want a smooth, uninterupted experience for the user. Adding even one extra tap is like an extra speed bump on your street, drastically negatively affecting the overall user experience.
    Please, Google, for the love of all that is holy and sacred, bring back the 1-tap dialog.

    • Freak4Dell

      I haven't used JB, but from the pictures, it seems you have to click just once every time if you happen to not want to set a default app. Not cool. The checkbox was a way better way of handling that.

  • http://twitter.com/namd88 Nam Dang

    That one has been there since forever. I hate it since it's easy to misplace my figure when holding the volume up button.