Sony is pushing Google to add restart option to AOSP

by XB on 8th December 2015

in Android

Xperia Restart OptionGoogle takes a very minimalist approach when it comes to the power menu within stock Android. The only option it includes by default is the “Power off” option. All of the other options you see in your official Sony Xperia firmware has been added by Sony. This includes the reboot option that can be incredibly useful if you’re having issues with the OS or an app.

Sony is now requesting the restart option to be a feature within the AOSP. Sony has opened a bug tracker issue and even submitted a patch, but at least so far Google is not responding positively. Sony’s suggestion is to include the option within the developer settings, which means you would have to manually turn it on.

Sony says that the power menu is the most requested feature from its Android Concept programme. In Sony’s Concept Marshmallow builds, it did add the “Take screenshot” option, but confirmed it will not add the restart option “unless we can get Google to accept having this as a developer option.” How important do you regard the restart option within the power menu? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.

Via Android Police.

Thanks Mrninko!

  • Saifuddin Adnan

    Why cant they add the option themselves as they always do?

  • I’m with Sony on this one.

    “Restart” and also “Record Screen.”

  • @sai@saifuddinadnan:disqus I’m guessing because there is a need that can be filled by making it a default part of the AOSP. This would benefit everybody and not just Sony.
    (And, I guess, it would add to their bragging rights/marketing having added such a visible and useful feature?)

  • fluxx

    It is common in software development that if you are using a standard and want to add a feature, you always check if it could be added in standard before you make an individual implementation. Reason: There will be future versions of that standard software you have to play along with. Every single individual implementation that you make you have to care about in future releases (if they still work, are compatible or even obsolete). Sony is doing a reboot with Marshmallow, so it is absolutely ok, that they check if Google will add a feature instead of implementing it themself.

  • fluxx

    I always wondered about that lost and lonely Shutdown option.

  • Ziggy

    Definitely with Sony on this one. After moving from Nexus 4 to Z3C, I have loved that power menu with restart, screenshot, record screen and power off options

    Completely unbelievable that Google hasn’t put all that to the vanilla Android as well.

  • marcyff2

    record screen is such a heavy thing

  • Nico

    I am also with you on this one, but do not forget to add full manual control (supporting also full camera api 2.0) and raw!

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    They should really focus on camera. Totally agreed on that.

  • Nico

    I still do not figure out why a new camera app with full features is not on top of Sony attention, since it would be such a good market tool. The Xperia Z5 hardware is amazing and at a reasanble price, but we still need a decent camera app, while many competitors already have. People are buying Sony mobile phones to take pictures first of all.

  • Matt

    With Sony on this one, restart is quite important.

    More on adding something, hope Sony add theme selection soon to album. Need to eradicate the darkness from my phone ;)

  • Alvin

    But very useful

  • Hideg Jen? Péter

    But the Z3 was RAW support hen now released Z5 with new camera unit, doesn’t support RAW… (I’ve seen long time ago, but you can find in google)

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    using xperia L, restart didn’t exist….but my china tablet pc got…

  • Azzy

    “unless we can get Google to accept having this as a developer option.”
    Then why does Samsung do it, Sony can’t without permission? Sony has always done it anyways, including Lollipop where AOSP Lollipops don’t

  • Frode P. Bergsager

    For Sony Concept M addition of the following new features will be delayed until after Christmas:
    * RAW
    * Automatic unlock (pin code)
    * Camera API2
    * DualShock4 support
    * FM Radio
    * Ant+

    If RAW and API 2.0 are implemented in beta software it will probably be added to the full version also.

  • bnmalmo

    Absolutely agree – the Restart Option (and the screen shot) – is a MUST have – on the power button !!

  • Raj Singh

    No idea why this isn’t standard for Android devices…

  • Ovidiu Popescu

    which samsung device, running 6.0 has the restart option in the power menu?

  • Stergios Papoutsoglou

    coming from a window phone (which it didn’t have), let me say it’s at least idiotic for the restart option to be omitted

  • Azzy

    None of them are running M anyways but when they do, they will definitely have the option as they always had

  • Ovidiu Popescu

    sooo… what are we talking about? is it the restart option in 6.0?

  • Azzy

    idk but yes they do, such as N5 on M 6.0:
    Check the screenshots, you’ll find the power menu.

  • h2oflyer

    With Sony on this…..can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t want it.

  • Gary Ohanian

    It will speed up the rollouts of new firmware. Everytime a new version of Android is released, Sony have to go through all their testing again with the compontents they add on top of AOSP. If part of AOSP, it will be tested way before it get to Sony. Less work for them = speedier updates and patches.

  • Gitarooman

    also need close all app, I notice that feature is missing when I use my Nexus 9 with Android 6

  • gowthamk

    Restart screen is must and remove the power off option on lock screen. it helps to identify the stolen mobile easily, No one can power off the phone when the phone is locked.

  • Nico

    That’s a great news! Thank you Frode

  • Frode P. Bergsager

    When Sony asked Concept M beta testers for feedback most of us selected RAW and API 2.0 as features we wanted implemented in Marshmallow.


    Definitely Sony’s Xerpia UI is the best interface i have ever used & still not thought to jump to any other platform. Customisation Of Sony’s Developer team is very much user orientated. No Doubt to Support Sony’s Suggestion.

  • echomrg

    i’ve never used “record screen” but the restart and the “take screenshot” functions are REALLY useful.


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  • Alvin

    It is just as useful as that take screenshot function to me..

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  • gamer324

    As far as developer options go, the Restart option is as essential as it gets. Actually I’m surprised that AOSP still is so backward in terms of these basic features. :-/

  • Record, SS and Reboot, are all necessary for me. I use them all.

  • Don’t care much about the restart option, I’m more worried about “Record screen”, I do hope it lives on.

  • Elvin_rd

    Creo que Los grandes fabricantes de móviles así como fabrican sus propios sistemas operativos para su terminales estamos en una era de muchos ha bances ya es tiempo de abandonar a Google y sus políticas de decidir lo que ellos digan seria genial que Sony se preparara su propio sistema :p

  • Aiden Pearce

    google is being bossy nothing more..they want to drag all oem in whatever they feel like..thats bs. i have always loved Sony’s advanced power menu it will be sad to see it going in future iterations of Xperia UI.

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  • Haldi

    Power+volume up for 4 seconds.
    Force shutdown. Can’t prevent that.

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