Android N may come with redesigned home and navigation keys, here's a sneak peek

Android N may come with redesigned home and navigation keys, here's a sneak peek
In its current state, Android N Developer Preview doesn't include significant design changes. However, the final version of the OS may come with at least one instantly noticeable modification: new home and navigation buttons.

According to Android Police, Google's next generation Nexus phones (which should be released later this year running Android N out of he box) might have a navigation bar similar to the one seen below. Reportedly, the info comes from a source that's been reliable in the past, though Google may very well change this design before releasing Android N. Moreover, it's not clear if these keys are expected to be used only on Nexus devices, or on all handsets that will run stock Android N.

As you'll notice below, all three navigation keys have the same geometrical shapes as before, but they're opaque - not hollow, as they are in stock Android Marshmallow. The home key is surrounded by Google colors (blue, red, green, yellow), and it's said that it animates when long-pressed - thus when you want to launch Google Now On Tap. New design aside, the three keys should have the very same functionality that they do on Android Marshmallow.

The final name of Android N could be announced before the end of this month (or in early July), and might be Android Nutella. As for the first Nexus phones to run Android N out of the box, these are seemingly made by HTC, and one of them (codenamed Sailfish) may sport a 5-inch 1080p display. The other new Nexus, codenamed HTC Marlin, should feature a 5.5-inch display with a higher pixel resolution, and a Snapdragon 821 processor.



41. tokuzumi

Posts: 2029; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'll get used to it. I'm fine with the back and task mgr buttons. Not feeling the home button right now, but I felt the same way about the current buttons when they were first unveiled in Lollipop.

40. novaxxx

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Don't forget Android n has an Easter egg name already, NAMEY McNAMEFACE. And huawei are building a Nexus his year to.

36. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I am glad Samsung and Apple keep the home button. It's much more comfortable to use and having the fingerprint scanner in the front makes sense to me.

32. Fona13A unregistered

Please don't go with some pretentious exotic name for Android N, just to present yourself as 'culturally aware' which many people (read: Non-geeks) fail at even grasping.

33. Fona13A unregistered

By "Fail at Grasping" I mean not giving two damns. Nobody wants a "Neyappam" or whatever that garbage is.

23. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

I don't like it.... luckily I have samsung who NEVER uses on screen buttons

34. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Yeah f*ck on screen buttons, I like a large display without on screen buttons.

18. Orion78

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Why you keep saying 5.5? Has that been confirmed? Too small.

5. newbey123

Posts: 707; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Wish the 5.5' version was bigger, but it should still be an awesome phone. Hope they are close to being released.

3. Fona13A unregistered

Great now the home button can clash with a wallpaper. Thanks. We ALL asked for this.

29. sgodsell

Posts: 7676; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's because they want to remind people that Google on tap is on the same home button. Only you have to hold it down longer.

2. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I was thinking this morning I want Google to redesign the Android interface. It's too plain and dull IMO. I would like some more colours, instead of the grey'ish and white colours for all the notifications/buttons. I like their improvement to the home button, but home they'll add more colours to the whole OS - here's hoping!

1. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Reminds me of the recent change in Siri visual. Both are colorful and have wave animations when interacting.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It's a sound wave mimicking so it makes sense for both.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7676; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think since most people don't know about Google Now on tap. This might help people to remember that if they hold the home button, then they will be greeted with Google's on tap.

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7676; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I am kind of partial to Nanaimo Bars for the N name.

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