Sony intros new ‘Clear All’ button to close your recent apps in Lollipop

by XB on 2nd May 2015

in Android, Firmware, Xperia Z3 series

Sony Clear allOne of the big bugbears for many that have upgraded to Android Lollipop is that the “Close all” button has been removed. This meant users had to individually swipe to remove their recent apps. Sony did bring back the “Close all” button for select handsets and firmware builds, but it seemed like a rushed afterthought both in terms of placement and design.

Well, one of the new features from the recently released Xperia Z3 firmware (build number 23.2.A.1.62 that we reported on a few days back) is that Sony has re-introduced ‘close all’ in the recent apps pane. However this time, Sony uses the ‘clear all’ graphic that is normally found within the notification pull down screen. This particular firmware only hit Hong Kong, but hopefully we will see this button be used in all future Lollipop builds.

Previous “Close all” button in Lollipop Xperia firmware

Close All Xperia Lollipop

New ‘clear all’ button in Lollipop Xperia firmware

Sony Clear all

Thanks Chris and Jozef!

  • Hitesh Kaushik

    this one looks much better

  • Mohamed adel ali

    looks nice but when sony will stop update sony xperia z1 (Sorry for this question )

  • Paul Muad’Dib

    Now it looks as it should.

  • bordz24

    Nice! Hope it will come on my device soon!

  • Mohammed Saffarini


  • Kiwison

    Slavic English accent <3

  • SimonPieman

    Point less… It doesn’t do anything useful. It doesn’t make your device faster, it makes it slower (apps need to reload). Let android manage it.

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    Well if its useless for u, u have d option to not use it. There are ppl who prefer it and use it a lot. And we need the option to use it.

  • ShinOrochiX

    Spent 2:30 watching the video and he didn’t even press the close all button, could’ve at least pressed it and shown if there is any animation when closing. BTW I have never used Lollipop.

  • Wohooo, LOVE you SONY

  • Niels d. G.

    But they still didn’t update the smalls apps menu to fit the global design

  • carol argo

    Good idea ,but I wish it was tied with the sleep screen ,if the screen shut everything is cleared.selectable option

  • xperiaDROID

    You’ll have to wait for a newer design of Xperia UI for that.

  • xperiaDROID

    Now, I know why it’s taking so long for them to release Lollipop update for Z. Newer Z series are beta testers while we are waiting for stable ones lol.

  • Deckard_Cain

    This is not a task killer. It just cleans the multi-tasking cards, not the background running processes.

  • Akshay Ballal

    And when will the Xperia Z (C6602) taste the Lollipop???

  • Sadman Khan

    Did Sony just copy this from xda? :’D

  • NotAnAnonymousCommenter

    A simple ‘Close All X’ button is too mainstream… let’s have a lopsided hamburger icon. Material Design, baby!

  • fluxx

    Looks much better. Under 4.4. I regularly used the Clear All function. Now that it’s gone in 5.0 I don’t miss it that much. In fact, I simply stopped worrying about opened apps and up to now I did not have one situation where an app eat up the memory or killed the battery. So for those people who need it, nice to see it’s back, but for everyone else, just stop worrying about that button and let Android do the magic :-)

  • A useless button/option. People need to finally understand how Android works.

  • DBS

    The new style is better but the colours…god damn them with those stupid colours that make the phone look like a circus tent.

    I’m not 5 years old, I prefer my UI’s with style and sober colours like black, white and greys. You know…the old UI? Yeah. Lollipop would look a hell of a lot better with those colour schemes.

    Or at least Sony should have opened the Xperia Theme engine even further than on KitKat instead of rendering it pretty much useless.

  • Luis Ramirez

    still ugly, only if it was the 3 white bars without a circle

  • valentino

    looks good i like it.

  • MrTheenD

    Use themes to change that, there are plenty of them at XDA.

  • yuanhui502

    It will be better if sony could communicate more with their customers. otherwise they will found that it will be harder and harder to sell their cellphones.

  • Yali AA

    This has been released to the Z3 DUAL, it’s not the same phone as Z3.
    You have Z3, Z3 Dual and Z3 Compact.

  • DBS

    Using anything from XDA will void my 2 year legal warranty. Not doing that ;)

    (by the way, I refused the Lollipop update on my Z3Compact. Precisely because I knew before hand how horrible it was Android 5.0.2 Vista ;P And it looks like I’m never updating the phone as Sony refuses to fix the mess Google made)

  • bilomar

    Great, waited months for lollipop. Now waiting months for clear all button

  • Clarence Alvarado

    Release the 5.1 baby!

  • bilomar

    Or 5.1.1

  • Timel

    But the search bar and small apps bar are so annoying

  • You’re nut, right? Why should it void your warranty? Just normal apks. You can theme your Xperia. Totally leggit. You also can download themes on Google Play. Themes from Michal Ambroziak for example:

    So don’t cry.

  • Other improvement Sony?? My speakers sounds very low and battery life is totally bad, battery stat is not accurate. Camera? Huh don’t want to say about that. Its suck.

  • Ahmed Abdellatif

    what about ZR ??? :(

  • Cool2B

    For those who can’t wait for the update to arrive can get the “close all” button using Xposed module from Sarajr. Tested working on my Xperia Z1 (C6903). More detail can refers:

  • DBS

    If you’re referring to normal Xperia Themes, then you should know that the Lollipop up thwarted the Theme engine.

    Whilst, for example, I could (and have) use a Theme that would make all the settings backgrounds black and replace the navigation keys, with Lollipop none of that is possible. I’m not only forced to have white backgrounds, I have to keep those silly new navigation keys.

    Those themes in the store do what they can, but what they can do is less than what they were able to do in KitKat.

    Perhaps you should think twice before you speak, next time.

    (By the way, the restraining of the Theme engine is only ONE of the many problems I have with Lollipop. The idiotic sound system is another. The vomit-colour notification tray another. The piled carded multi-task screen another.)

  • japolis

    timel im wondering, do you actually have an xperia phone or is all your information based on pictures/videos?

  • japolis

    how is this not stable?

  • japolis

    why the fuck did you upgrade? you obv dont like lollipop, so go back to kitkat (flash it, and before you make more shit up, that doesnt break warranty)

  • ramuk

    Timel the shit is actually a Samsung’s paid whore. But he sometimes post few good comments just to stay relevant here. Just ignore and flag his every comment.

  • Snorky112

    copy + paste = revolution

  • i don’t like them neither… and I have a z1c :P

  • Snorky112

    no… this time he’s right guys, I love sony but small apps bar looks shit

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  • ramuk

    Like I said in my comment, He sometimes post good comment just to stay relevant here.

  • DBS

    Why the fuck can’t you read? Didn’t you pass first grade?
    I did NOT update to Lollipop idiot. I’ve said it more than once. And I’ve said WHY I didn’t and still won’t despite this latest software. Perhaps you should flash a new brain into your head.

  • Kunal Tyagi

    this seems to be directly taken from the developer niaboc from xda. i hope he’s being properly credited for this in some way.

  • MeeM

    I’m really miss the important widget for me … I don’t know the name but I attach photo …. the widget you can find it in the third pic in the right that mix ( wi-fi , sound , bluetooth, data , GPS, airplane mood )

    really want it back if you can help.

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    Void warranty? 2years?? Hurmm never heard that before unless the device is UB. 2years warranty here only to those who buy the AP set ( not by official dis ) lucky you getting 2 years warranty . Iam just getting 12 month warranty .

  • RealityCheck2015

    I hope it comes to my Z1 soon :P

  • Aditya Thakur

    Can any one share the apk…please

  • japolis

    well then don’t complain

  • DBS

    Here in Europe, European law demands every non-perishable product to have 2 years of legal warranty. For 2 years, Sony is responsible for any problems the device has AS LONG as the problem isn’t caused my misuse by the user (so if you drop the phone and smash it, that’s not covered. But if the phone suddenly overheats or a Sony update bricks your phone, that’s covered).
    Among the things that void the warranty, messing with the software provided is one of them unless Sony clearly states that it doesn’t like Xiaomi (which Sony doesn’t).

  • japolis

    applying a theme doesnt mess with software, youre talking about rooting, xda does WAY more

  • DBS

    I am entitled to complain when I’m having to keep my phone un-updated because Sony can’t provide a good update (or the update they provide clashes with the reason I picked up their phone in the first place). If you don’t like that, don’t read it let alone reply.

  • DBS

    For the Theme topic, I report you to my comment to “chibiribiri” bellow.

  • japolis

    its a good update you just don’t like it, just like i didnt like kitkat (if you buy a new phone it comes with lollipop so gl with that)

  • japolis

    apk is for apps not firmware

  • Kaostheory

    Try power toggles in play store

  • DBS

    And if I buy a new phone, I’ll chose it according to the software it brings. Guess what? It clearly won’t be a Sony any more as not only have they ruined their previous elegant and sober design, they’re not doing anything to at least give us freedom to customize it without breaking warranties.
    When I chose Sony, I did it because they had the version of Android that was more sober and stylish without copious amounts of bloatware. And because they were supposed to have the best cameras on Android.

    Well…now those are both out.

  • Moonlight

    Finally! It took 1 -1,5 months…Oh Sony…

  • Sadman Khan


  • Svnjay

    I remember you from Android Authority.

    Seeing that you don’t like Lollipop and possibly future versions of Android, will you be switching to iOS, Windows Phone or Ubuntu?

  • Svnjay

    Looks like they did.

  • SkyS1gn

    It has been stolen from niaboc LOL! :D

  • DBS

    I’m like Jesus, I’m everywhere.

    It will depend on future versions of Android. But from what I’ve seen, average people (not tech geeks, though those are too) have been less than thrilled with Lollipop. Even design wise. So I have hope that Google gets the message and – just like Microsoft is doing on Windows 10 – backtracks on some of the design changes (specially the overuse of whites and bright colours).
    We’ll see what they’ll tell as at Google I/O.

    As for your specific question: I’ve switched from WP to Android when Nokia temporarily left the phone market. I have absolutely no plans to return to WP. And the reasons I don’t intend to return to WP are the same why I won’t switch to Sailfish or Ubuntu.
    And even less to adopt iOS as I pretty much hate everything related to Apple.
    So I’m pretty much “stuck” with Android. The good thing about Android though, is that I’m not restricted to a very limited number of OEMs. So if Sony ruined everything good they had going for them, I can always pick another OEM that offers me what Sony used too.
    For example, Samsung (whom I never liked) included a Theme engine on their horrible TouchWiz. At this point, given how vastly superior the S6E camera is to the ones on Xperia devices, I think I wouldn’t even bother THAT much with TouchWiz since I could at least change it’s colours.
    HTC also has a Theme engine working better than Xperia Themes at this point.
    And I’ve still to see what LG did on the G4.
    And what will Nokia bring next year.

    Fortunately what I don’t lack on Android is options. It’s just a pity that Sony is shitting on the pile of Gold they had before everyone else.

  • bilomar

    You can remove it, don’t even need root. and my search bar just disappeared lol. I don’t know how that happened.

  • bilomar

    It is possible to change nav bar and switch toggles. There are 1 or two now. You just have to wait for more because people just figured out how to do themes in kitkat

  • bilomar

    And these

  • Niels d. G.

    True, those aswell

  • Timel

    What an unbelievable awful ever LOL
    Omigoshhhh I’m so pity and So wonder you

    why? You have the same stupid pattern as other fanboys here

    I mean I just don’t get why? hahahaha

    I’ve noticed Xperia fanboys here many times
    That If have people talking something against Sony (even it’s truth ) then the brainless Xperia fanboys here will say that they must be a Samsung fanboy everytime Hahahaha

    You shouldn’t think yourself too much man that will make you sick, don’t you know?

  • Timel

    Yep.. not just you and me
    Many people think the same
    The search bar especially the small apps bar are so annoying

    People like ramuk is too blind, evenue him follow to lick Sony balls in every threads it won’t help Sony Mobile from bankruptcy anyway

  • Timel

    Many people hate small apps bar @recent apps screen because it makes the screen looks so mess

  • jeson|

    love the xperia,.[


  • HAWX

    “Sony is shitting on the pile of Gold they had before everyone else” True. You are sad because UI is ruined in the Lolipop. Im have been sad the 4.2.2 to 4.3 in my Xperia Z. 4.2.2 was the best because Sony changed some of the designers after 4.2.2. And for me it immediately reflected the UI of Z1 Z2 and Z3 which was good because 4.2.2 had been ruining slowly. In 5.0 they fired most of the design team beacuse Sony was having bad time and sort of money. First thing you dismiss would be designers for normal people. But I know some people like you was choosing Sony because of it’s inner and outer design. Because I also think most of the Sony products are overly expensive. Look at mobile department look at High res Amlifiers look at Mp3 players or TV’s.. They are most of the time more expensive with the same quality device compared in the market. And at that point “design” puts Sony ahead. And Sony WAS the ONLY fucqin brand that gave importance in Deamn smartphones like in the other departments Sony does. Yeah most of the people in this forum are just non questioning Sony hard or average people.. And now Im left with prety much nothing after this Sony disaster in Smartphones. But I think I will go with microsft because of their systems reliability (if they include HR audio) I think I wont restart my phone once or twice in a day because of anroids shitness.

  • japolis

    most people like material design actually

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  • Sadman Khan

    The navigation keys do change. Use the updated lollipop themes man. It takes a while for the developers to update to the new API and they have done it.

  • ash

    please remove that small app launcher or make it an option

  • Mac

    Don’t even think I got it in kk or jb on my z1c..

  • DBS

    I’ve yet to meet them, then.

  • DBS

    Microsoft isn’t the answer. Believe me, I came from WP. From high end Windows Phones. I wouldn’t go back even so. The apps either aren’t there or when they are they’re outdated and just sh*t compared to the Android and iOS versions.
    Oh and WP has endless “resuming…” screens when you try to switch apps from the multitasking screen for example. The days WP was smooth and snappy ended with WP8.1.

    I don’t have to restart my Z3C once or twice a day either though.

  • JacopoRS

    Alleluja! But one thing, the animation in lockscreen “kitkat-like”? It’s an option in this firmware or not? Because this animation it’s not present in my Z3 compact (D5803)

  • Raj Singh

    The close all button has been on the Z Ultra in North America since updating to Lollipop… for me anyway.

  • Luís Alberto Pérez

    I don’t share your opinion. Sony’s Lollipop is closer to stock than all the other companies. Sony was wise and delivered the 5.0.2 because even Google’s 5.0 and 5.0.1 was crap (I know what I’m taking about because I also own a Nexus 7 2013). The camera is the best but the software is not as good as it should be. But if you take photos in manual mode you can achieve very nice pictures.
    I used to own a Z and now upgrade to a Z2 and 5.0.2 version of Lollipop is way better than 5.0.2 from Google.
    Meanwhile I had received the 5.1 update on my Nexus and now it’s just perfect. Google only perform a good update in the third attempt. I’m pretty impress with Sony’s lollipop update. It’s not perfect but it will be in the next update.

  • DBS

    “Sony’s Lollipop is closer to stock than all the other companies.”

    It wasn’t before. That’s my point. If I wanted stock Android I would have bought a Nexus or a Motorola, not a Sony. Sony had a far better Android design than stock Android before Lollipop. I chose them also because of that.

    “The camera is the best but the software is not as good as it should be.”

    No, it’s really not. The hardware Sony is using on their Z3 series (I have a Z3C) is the same from 2 years ago. It’s the same sensor since the Z1. Meanwhile Sony has provided the likes of Apple and Samsung with newer better sensors for their cameras. The Z4 keeps the Z1’s camera sensor…yet again.
    The software is indeed, not as good as it should. However, no, taking photos in manual mode will not change the fact that the sensor and the software is old. And you know why? Because I actually care about smartphone photography. And while I’m not expecting Sony’s cameras to be able to beat Nokia’s old 808 or 1020 cameras (the 41mp ones), Sony’s should be beating the ones on the likes of the Note 4 and iPhone 6. But they aren’t.
    Not only that, Sony did NOT bring RAW on Lollipop. Which means you have a camera with a 20.7mp sensor that you can’t take real advantage of without Sony’s software messing up the pictures in post-processing. And where are the REAL manual controls? Nowhere.
    Sony has been a major disappointment camera-wise.

    As for Lollipop, 5.1 is the only version that fixes some of the messes of Lollipop 5.0 and 5.0.2. Like the sound controls. Now, I’ve made clear I truly dislike Lollipop’s Material Design and even more the fact that Sony thwarted the Xperia Themes engine on Lollipop. I hope their next update is the one that fixes that…the problem is that the “next update” will probably only come in 2016 by the looks of it.
    Well, in 2016, as far as I go, may already be too late for Sony to keep my custom.

  • Aditya Thakur

    In kitkat, there was a apk for close all button developed by xda developers….I installed and usedbit for several months

  • Frederick Ng

    I love the small apps bar because it’s so goddamn useful to me! Some people like me may appreciate it because they use it many times, so i believe there’s a mix expression towards the small apps bar but i do hope Sony will continue to keep it unless they do something more cooler than it. Sometimes i think it’s even better than Sammy multi window tasking.

  • Emir Zarith

    give me the name of that theme…..


    very good

  • Flythe

    The search bar inside the task view is Google’s doing, not Sony’s, which Sony only adapted. However, I have to agree with you, Sony’s new implementation of the close all-button looks stupid and I hope they will turn it in a material floating action-button soon. Same goes for the small apps, which sould be turned in a floating action button as well.
    Farther, you got this Samsung and Apple fanboy status, because you seem or are one. You keep bashing Sony for things, it doesn’t do worse than other OEMs, and praising others for things Sony does as well as them. You bought a Z1 once, were disappointed from it and now keep flaming Sony for it for all eternity, am I right?

  • Akbert

    in promotion Ad for android L clear button was like this but in ROM a ugly button replaced

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  • Emil Oskarsson

    I thought Sony used better camera sensors then apple and Samsung?? Apples uses and old 8 MP snapper they just add good software. And in terms of software the z2 was on pair with s5 when they came out and z3 isn’t that long behind the new s6….

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Well now you have met one, I like material design, it’s something different and new compared to the holo design that came out with ics and lasted on jelly bean and kitkat aswell

  • Emil Oskarsson

    I have 2 years warranty aswell on my Z, although it will run out in June hehe :)

  • Emil Oskarsson

    In time, relax :)

  • Kenneth F

    Why shouldn’t it be possible to theme the navigation keys on Lollipop?

  • Ravi

    This is much better.

  • Sadman Khan

    Pattern Blue by Arjun Arora

  • Great Dude

    Small apps are one of the best things in the Xperia phones.
    I understand you that you hate it ,so I hope they make it an option to fulfill wishes from both kind of users.

  • Great Dude

    When I want to use 3 apps simultaneously I prefer to close all apps and then open these apps, it will be more easily for me to switch between

  • Snorky112

    they’re all in the status bar now

  • Puya Ghoorchian

    you are just giving bullshit to people
    here in below link sony said lollipop in few weeks

    and it was 13 april
    and then in the other one after 17 days they say few weeks again

    just release the shit. what the hell r developers doing? its 6 months since google released lollipop and sony developers r still doing nothing but just talking
    do some shit instead of be some shit

  • ????

    isn’t this useless since many apps start on their own and run on the background anyway?

    why not give a contextual button/dialog box to freeze an app when you don’t need it so it really does not start when it feels like starting or when something triggers it?

  • tiangiron

    “…Sony is shitting on the pile of Gold they had before everyone else.”
    I believe that this blog is for Xperia users who are in search of guides and solutions to problems. We do have our own opinions, but yours are just too much to take in. Stop comparing OEMs, each of them has its own take when it comes to operating systems and software upgrades. If you keep hitting Sony, then this site isn’t the place for you. Go buy other phones.

  • DBS

    Learn to deal with critics. If you just want praises, go to the Church.
    I’m an Xperia user and I have all the right in the World to be disappointed and let down by Sony.
    And it’s good that other people know that not every Sony user us thrilled with it.

    If you can’t take criticism, too bad for you. You’ll eventually grow up and understand that it’s criticism that pushes innovation forward, not praises.

  • tiangiron

    I’m also an Xperia user and I know very well that NOT ALL of Xperia users are satisfied with the current offerings of Sony. I’ve seen AND experienced problems with Lollipop. You have all the right to be disappointed. But to go that far with criticism? I don’t think so. You even included other manufacturers.
    P.S. I never said I only want praises. Never. Please read carefully first before you reply.

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  • Matthias

    I just hope they also bring back the sound mode (silent / priority / normal) to the quick settings in the notification drawer at some time… :/

  • ash

    yes exactly, I like them but I dont need them always so its better to hide them as an option

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  • Paul

    I like the search bar in the task view. It’s an easy way to access Search from anywhere on the phone.

  • DBS

    And? Why shouldn’t I go as far as I think the criticism deserves to go?
    Sony had a pile of gold. They had the Xperia Themes when noone else was doing that, they had the better cameras with manual controls when no one on Android was doing those…they’ve allowed to be surpassed by every single of their major competitors.

    And what about other OEMs? Sony is competing with them.
    When Sony itself sells Samsung, Apple etc better camera hardware than the one they put on their premium phones, why shouldn’t I call Sony on that?
    If competition using Sony hardware is beating Sony’s own devices, why shouldn’t I call Sony on that?

  • DBS

    That was the feedback I got from developers.
    Also, can developers change the white backgrounds on the settings for example, or not? Because I was also told they couldn’t.

    Also, can or can’t I do this on Lollipop? Because I can and have on KitKat. As long as Lollipop doesn’t allow me to do the same, no deal for me.

  • tiangiron

    Well then it’s up to Sony to keep up and stay in the competition

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  • Emir Zarith

    thanks mate ;)

  • Sadman Khan

    Glad to help :D

  • John P

    Does anybody know how to switch back to swipe lock screen? I am currently using pin passcode I can change it to pattern lockscreen but I can’t switch it back to swipe or none, it’s grayed out on my z1.

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