For the next installment of our ongoing series Things You May Not Have Noticed About Android L So Let Us Tell You About Them, we're heading over to revamped settings app. Now, sure, it looks pretty and nice and oh so clean, but the settings menu has a new surprise in store: search.


Like many Samsung phones, stock Android now has a built-in search function in the settings area, allowing you to quickly and scroll-lessly find just what you're looking for. It even has a search history, too, for quick access to your most searched-for functions. Neat stuff.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Daniel

    Little but nice feature

  • Baspower

    Confused me in the "Apps" section in settings. It made me think I could search for an app.

  • impure

    Oh, that's nice. But I'd prefer it if it didn't look like Touch Wiz.
    Edit: What is up with that battery icon? Just do it the way Cyanogen does it.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      Maybe they don't think a circle quickly conveys what it is about.

    • DonEmu

      The notification icons are still the KitKat style and are different from the smoothed out icons they showed would be in the final version.

  • Idontevenknow

    didnt the settings menu look different on some of the screenshot? it was black with like wifi and bluetooth sliders/toggles

    • DonEmu

      The black settings menu was from the development site, so probably just a template for people(developers/OEMs) to ascribe to,

      This is what they are actually using in their phone.

      Though I think I saw someone on XDA mention that they saw what looked like 2 different theme like settings within the code.

      • Crispin Swickard

        Please be 2...

  • Felipe Pimenta

    I assume all of those posts will be put together soon?

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Liam will probably do a roundup or something

  • mgamerz

    So the on off switches are gone now?

    • Kevin Kuo

      Yah, what happened to those switches?

      • Tarun Pemmaraju

        Hiding inside

        • Kevin Kuo

          Wh-wh-wh-why Google? It's much easier and makes more sense if it was outside like it used to...

          • navjot

            They're already quickly available in quick settings

          • ddpacino

            Instead of going down into the settings, it's much easier to just toggle from the quick settings menu. They're not weird and confusing in functionality like the initial implementation.

  • Julio M

    Can Google Now turn on/off and also jump to those settings?

  • Simon Belmont

    Yeah. Hoping that Google Search voice commands for turning things on and off actually turn them on and off in L (or a future update to Google Search).

    Not just take you to the appropriate setting where you then have to manually toggle it. Here's hoping.

  • guest

    Do you have any info about colored navbar, during the io, when there were demoing the new chrome, it had white navbar that match the statut bar color

    • Android Developer

      About the navbar, it's something that apps could do, so that it would match the surroundings.
      From now on , the icons of the navbar are treated as masks, so it would always be possible to see them, no matter which color is being set on the navbar.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Definitely not new to us Samsung users. Stock android has been behind the curb in many feature aspects.

    You just can't give me a stock phone for free it's so dull, boring, uneventful, featureless, and just crappiest day to day user experience not to mention dreadful battery life and crappy camera.

    Plain and simple nothing beats Samsung or the Galaxy Note products period they are Android.

    • Gandalf_Teh_Gray

      Lol no. They are usually the furthest thing from Android. And Verizon Galaxy Nexus battery says hi from 4 hr battery world

      • Android Developer

        Galaxy Nexus example actually shows the opposite of having good battery life using AOSP, if that's really how long the battery lasts.

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      A stock device with Xposed crushes Samsung on any day that ends in day.

    • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

      no thanks to samsung. It hurts my eye with their launcher, color scheme and iconography...

    • saf1927

      You mean TW is so shit it lags on an S5? Oh wait, no thanks. Stock Android + Xposed and your Samsung shit is left behind.

    • squiddy20

      Says the guy who has repeatedly claimed that he "wouldn't touch [a Nexus device] with a 10 foot pole" since "kicking Verizon (and the Galaxy Nexus) to the curb". Oh the hilarity of your comments.

  • _artem_

    There won't be preview L AOSP sources so N4 owners have to wait until fall?

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  • Crispin Swickard

    Now the thing is.. Are searches, searchable within the settings? Are they possibly saying they know how much we like search, so now we can search our search?

  • captain irrelevant

    Not a fan of the cyan.

  • Roh_Mish

    Just show the about phone screen!

  • Guest

    This is the new search icon from google.com/design. Why aren't they using it?

    • joser116

      I was gonna say the same thing.

    • Diaz1999

      Perhaps it's just placeholder

    • usaff22

      Perhaps because it's a developer preview?

  • Guest

    This is the new search icon from http://www.google.com/design/spec/style/icons.html
    Why aren't they using it?

  • Daniel Gimpelman

    How did you get % in the battery icon?

  • http://www.thejunglephoto.pw Thejungle

    BS, who wants to search through options I can count on one hand? Duh... Rubbish options. They should add useful options, like file explorer.

    • Android Developer

      They already have a file explorer, as far as I know. It's called "documents".
      They made it in order to manage the SD card.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Uh, not really, it's more of a built-in Google Drive file source, like Dropbox or any other file manager if you have them installed

        • Android Developer

          hmmm... maybe it was a part of the AOSP roms I've tried then.
          How could it be that Google doesn't have an app for this? I mean, they made the SD card restrictions, so at least give the users a chance to handle them with the built in apps...

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            I have no idea, man, it's been... what, 5 years (?) since Android was first released and we still don't have a native simple file manager

          • Android Developer

            I get it that you have pure Android device running Kitkat , and you don't have such an app?

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Yup, exactly. So I installed one from the Play Store, and it shows in Google Drive in the list of file sources, along with Gallery, Dropbox, Google Photos

          • Android Developer

            which one did you install?
            since third party apps (that do not get to be in the system and don't have root) cannot write to the sd card, this is a bit useless...

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Well, first of all - this is the file manager of my choice https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fm.clean

            Second - for me the SD cards are not a problem since I am using Nexus 4, 7 and 10

            And third - there are Xposed modules and an app thatfix the permissions and allow apps to write to extSD by modifying an XML file

          • Android Developer

            Yes, I forgot nexus devices don't have it.
            and yes, I know about the fixes. Just thought there should be a built in way to access files, since there is a restriction about them.
            BTW, nice app. Will try it out. I've used Total commander for a long time.

  • Android Developer

    The weird thing is that it is shown no matter in which sub settings screen you are on.