It always happens, you need to restart your Nexus phone or tablet and have to turn it off and turn it on again. If there’s one thing that every OEM does right, it’s add a restart option to the power menu, and it looks like Sony is sick of this too – adding in proposed commits and changes to the Android Open Source Project and Android issue tracker.
There’s definitely a need for a reboot option in Android, with many features and updates – including OS updates – requiring a reboot, and even Google’s support docs on a number of features recommend users hit reboot when there’s an issue. Sony doesn’t want to have the reset option installed by default however, with the issue tracker listing the way to implement the feature and reasoning behind the request in their first listing in the issue tracker:
the addition of a reboot/restart option to the Global Actions menu is one of the most requested features we have seen in the Sony Android concept study.
The idea is that for users that are aware of the developer options (developers/advanced users), the feature will give them the option to restart their phones from the UI e.g. during development, or just to ‘refresh’ the device.
The proposed commits and ‘bugs’ in the issue tracker don’t appear to be getting anywhere though with Google merging one ticket with one that was declined in February and marking the other as duplicate; though the proposed AOSP commits don’t look to have been removed as yet. But unfortunately it doesn’t look promising with Google not apparently interested in a ‘busy’ power menu – even if it is just the addition of a much needed reset option.
Of course without traction from Google, this gets nowhere – and it’s very much needed at least in our opinion. Star the issue (never comment) but it seems that even the will of the people may not be enough to sway Google on this issue.