Rumor: Nexus 2016 phones to feature an animated home button

Rumor: Nexus 2016 phones to feature an animated home button
Possibly as a way to call attention to Google Assistant, the home button on the new 2016 Nexus models will apparently feature an animation that turns the button into four colored dots. A long press on the home button will set off the animation, and if you disable Google Now, the four dots on the home button go away. This pretty much confirms the connection between this animated button and Google Now.

The next Nexus handsets (currently rumored to be an HTC built 5.2-inch plastic model codenamed Sailfish, and an HTC built 5.5-inch metal clad handset codenamed Marlin) are expected to get the animated home button out of the box. It is unknown whether past Nexus models will receive this new feature with the update to Android 7.0.

Currently, a long press on the home button sets off Google Now on Tap. With Google Assistant, search becomes more conversational as follow up questions can be asked without having to repeat the name of a person, place or thing that was the subject of the original question. As an example, you could ask "Who is the President of the United States?" When Google Now responds with "Barack Obama," Assistant will allow you to follow up with "How many terms did he serve?" Currently, that would require you to ask a completely new question such as "How many terms did Barack Obama serve?"


source: AndroidPolice

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29 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5747; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The animation looks awesome But I dont really like that the buttons are full white, I'd prefer them to be outlines

4. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Same here. Hopefully those atbXDA will make a stock ROM with a different theme (of course they would). I see the animation pretty useless though...

2. RKNY2203

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 03, 2016

Innovations

3. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Better focus on Battery , thats what i wanted

17. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Thats whats everyone wants.

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5747; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

They do have some features to try improve battery life *shallow doze *new JIT/AOT hybrid compiler *project svelte *data saver *vulkan Hopefully they delivery

21. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I hope Doze on Nougat turns out as good as Sony's stamina mode.

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5747; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Me too! Would be great if more phones could last 2 days of heavy like the Sony's

23. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

The stamina and ultra stamina mode is efin marvellous. Lasts 2 days.

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5747; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This was done by UI/Material Design team They have other teams working on other things, such as trying to improve battery life

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hopefully the Google Assistant doesn't demand the stupidly privacy invading permissions demanded by Cortana just to do a simple and non-personal voice search. Cortana is outright, the worst personal assistant I've ever come across through out my cross-platform experience. Demanding 24/7 surveillance just to do a simple voice search. F*ck you microsoft.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I find the next Windows 10 upgrade to be intrusive. Microsoft has remove user ability to disable Cortana. That's too much!

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Very intrusive indeed! At first I was questioning that claim then I realized they've totally taken away the option to disable web searching from the search bar. They're now forcing you to send everything you search for on your computer, be it your documents, pictures, etc. to their servers! No longer giving the simple option to totally disable it like prior to Windows 10 anniversary update. I'm not sure what's going through Satya's bald head, but ever since he's taken over, Windows is shaping into an extremely privacy-invading experience. Something I only used to describe stock Android in the past. Windows 10 is shaping up to be a materialization of the 24/7 surveillance aspect of the SOPA bill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXhIktkK78s I really hope they get slapped with a massive lawsuit and antitrust to put an end to all this crap.

13. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

You wana use W10 !! You have to use it as MSFT wants you to!! Look at apple buddy!! Then cry!! And if you act smart you can do anything!!

14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, you're right. Microsoft is really making it easy to deal with all the headaches Linux brings, considering dual booting.

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Actually modern Linux are quite easy to install and managed. Linux just lack the publicity and the popular software titles pretty much like WP in the mobile space.

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Know of any Linux branches that'll work on 2-in-1s providing a Laptop/Tablet experience based on the way of using the device, similar to what Continuum does? Does Linux have any advanced note taking applications like OneNote that seamlessly support digitizer pen input? Thanks in advance.

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

15. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

This is the reason why I reverted jack to Windows 7 and refuse to update. The usual tech journalists (those damn autists) say anyone not upgrading is living in the dark ages and paranoia despite noting that auto updates are not optional as are some other features that phone home so to speak.

16. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

*back... Damn i think it's time to go back to swiftkey.

6. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Wouldn't the animation be covered by your thumb?

27. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

But, but

7. pankajxdx unregistered

This should be on a physical home button, would look way cooler.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Looks awesome! If I wasn't running Chroma ROM at the moment, I'd be in the beta program again, waiting for a welcome change. Never liked the lollipop Navbar honestly, partially because it lacked flair.

9. Unordinary unregistered

Id love this

24. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

So would I.

11. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Out of topic for a while, I really wish they bring back the horizontal battery bar. Well, probably only I like it thou.... X(

26. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Oh god that's adorable! Love it!

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