Finally a reboot that people may like

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It seems like such a small thing, but adding a reboot button to the power menu on an Android device can be a big deal. Manufacturers like Samsung and LG that put their own user interfaces on Android devices include this option, but for some reason Google has held out on supplying this option in stock Android. That may be changing with the release of the new Google Pixel smartphones according to sources who captured a screenshot showing the option present.

Sources have noted that Android contains a reboot function in the code. However, the option is not part of the user interface for some unknown reason. Clearly this option has been turned on for the Pixel and Pixel XL as shown in the screenshot. The caveat is that this is likely from a pre-release build being used on a Pixel device, so there is still a chance that Google could turn it back off for the consumer release.

If this option does make it to market aboard the new Pixel and Pixel XL, the next question will be whether it is present in all builds of Android 7.1 Nougat. This could mean it would eventually land on existing Nexus devices as well as other devices that eschew their own user interfaces and just use stock Android.

Do you miss having a reboot option available on your smartphone? What other options or features are you hoping may show up on the new Pixel line of devices from Google? Check out our video on what we hope to see.

source: Android Police


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.


  • Shiva

    Where have you been? Reboot has been around via apps for ages..

    • Francis L-R

      They may have been around for ages, but most of them don’t work on Android 4.4+, and they don’t offer a proper “shutdown, then reboot”. They usually just soft reboot the phone.

      FINALLY! A proper, and stock, way to reboot!

      • Shiva

        My app ROM Toolbox lets me Reboot fully, soft, into recovery or bootloader or just the system ui…& power off. I’ve been running it since gingerbread.

        There is also Android tuner that does the same…