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Android N Dev Preview 3: Demo Mode Is Back, Now In Developer Settings

Android N Dev Preview 3: Demo Mode Is Back, Now In Developer Settings

If you think back to when Marshmallow was unveiled, and then even further back to when it was still known as 'M', you may remember a feature in the System UI Tuner, known as 'Demo Mode.' It was a useful setting, especially for developers or others needing to take screenshots (ahem), since it replaced the notification bar with a generic, preset one which did not show any existing notifications or low battery warnings.

It disappeared in Developer Preview 2, though, seemingly gone without a trace. As with everything in the System UI Tuner, things are liable to disappear, break, or be removed at any time, so this wasn't entirely a surprise (see David's comment from a few days ago for more info).

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] Dev Preview 2 Removes The Dark System Theme, Possibly Because It Wasn't Ready Yet

[Android M Feature Spotlight] Dev Preview 2 Removes The Dark System Theme, Possibly Because It Wasn't Ready Yet

It almost goes without saying (though we do say it a lot) that a developer preview is not necessarily an accurate picture of the final product. We're reminded of that today when it comes to the second Android M developer preview. The dark system UI mode that debuted in the first preview is gone in this one, but it's not time to panic yet.

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Left: first preview, Right: second preview

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PSA: Enable Developer Options In Lollipop To Bring Back App Info From The Recents Menu

PSA: Enable Developer Options In Lollipop To Bring Back App Info From The Recents Menu

In the last several versions of Android, it was possible to quickly access an app's info screen (in Settings) by popping open the recents menu and long-pressing the app in question. If this is an oft-used feature and you've already updated to Lollipop, then you probably noticed almost immediately that it's seemingly gone in 5.0. That's not actually the case - it's just hidden.

Starting with this release, you must first enable Developer Options (Settings > About device > tap the build number 7 times) before long-pressing a recent app entry will jump into that app's info screen. However, it's still not quite that simple.

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