I have a Nexus 4 with stock Android and no modifications. I installed a flashlight app and for some reason it is first in my app drawer despite it starting with a "f" and not an "a". As a developer I find this intriguing. Does anybody know how this developer managed to put his app first in the drawer or is this some type of bug? app drawer screen shot

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I can't say for sure, but there's probably a zero-width non-breaking space, or some other invisible or unprintable character, at the start of the label, causing it to sort ahead of normal characters.

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    I tend to agree with Dan. I also note that this app has a worrying number of app permissions for a simple flashlight app. Why, for instance, does it need access to change system settings or to read external storage? I recommend you dump it and get something else, and not just for the annoying end-around of alpha sorting.
    – ale
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 12:48
  • @AlEverett good point Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 23:31
  • I had the same problem with the same app. I uninstalled it after reading Al's post.
    – mahela007
    Commented Nov 14, 2014 at 14:57

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