Android 4.3 to sort apps and widgets by usage amount, new code apparently suggests

by: Chris SmithJuly 2, 2013


A look at recently discovered code seems to reveal that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will automatically sort apps and widgets by usage amount rather than alphabetically, as it’s currently done.

Mycethe publication that first mentioned details about the Chromebook Pixel – discovered the new bits of code pointing to this particular features in the Google Launcher code, not in the leaked Android 4.3 build:

[quote qtext=”Numerous code snippets indicate that the mobile operating system will count the amount of times an application is started. Due to that it will allow sorting applications by the number of times they are used currently called sort by favorite by the developers.

It appears that it will also be possible to sort widgets this way. The code appeared in a project on the Linux Foundation Labs website where developers of several companies actively contribute to the Android code.” qperson=”” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

Here are a few samples of said code:

Android code

Click here for full image. | Image credit: Myce

The same publication spotted a while ago new Android versions believed to be the latest Android 4.3 builds.

A leaked Android 4.3 version is already available in the wild, and while it may not bring any major new features, the update is expected to pack a variety of improvements, including Roboto font refinements and new notification abilities.

Android 4.3 traces have been available for a long while now, since before Google I/O, but Google is yet to officially unveil it – Android 4.3 traces have been seen on a Google support website, in server logs (our included) and in other leaks related to upcoming devices.

The company is rumored to launch the new Nexus 7 at some point this month, with the device expected to launch with Android 4.3 on board.

Moreover, a new rumor has indirectly revealed that Android 4.3 is coming soon, as it has a stable release, with most Googlers reportedly running the OS.

However, despite the available leaks so far, including Myce’s reports on Android 4.3, nothing is official at this time, so don’t get too excited about these unconfirmed features of Android 4.3 just yet.

  • Miah

    I welcome this as long as there is an option to switch back.

    • Doan

      My thoughts, exactly. I wouldn’t use this feature, but I know other would embrace it.

  • pepoker1

    with new camera app and galery, we can use a photosherp as wallpaper, not like 360 view but like a panorama photo.

  • Miracle Zhou

    I would love to have 4 or 5 most frequently used apps listed on top of the regular alphabetically sorted apps, so I can quickly get the ones I use most often and still be able to use the “traditional” list to go through the other apps.

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    Already do this on apex