Google wants to remove the menu button on Android

When we see the wide range of Android devices installed we can look at a remarkable physical feature. Some devices have capacitive buttons under the screen, and others include the navigation bar on the screen.


Currently, some devices opt for a navigation bar within the screen and thus dispense with the menu button you get at other terminals. If we look at a Samsung smartphone we can find themenu button that allows the user to modify settings of an application . Meanwhile, those with navigation bar on the screen, have to go to the top and press the menu button provided.

But what has impressed developers who write applications on Reddit , is the new feature that we find if we compiled for Android 4.4 KitKat . From this version, the menu button will be mandatory in applications Holo .

Within the repository Git Google , we can find a review of a Google engineer that makes clear that the physical menu button currently spare on Android devices. The commentary was written byAdam Powell and reads as follows:

Always show buttons on action bars overflow The menu button is not pining, it’s passed on! This button is no more! It has Ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to meet its maker! It’s a stiff! Bereft of life, it Rests in peace! If you Had not nailed it to a flagship device it’d be pushing up the daisies!



With this new policy menu button on 4.4 KitKat, Google aims to eliminate completely the physical menu button on the new devices are launched. As with the menu button at the top, needless physical button on the bottom. This new policy only to devices that have be imposed upgraded to KitKat , which are the terminal Google Play Edition and devices launched by Google, which are the Nexus and Moto .

In my opinion, I agree with what you said Google engineer. I think this button is no longer needed in the latest versions of Android and could be used for other things. I’m not saying that all Android devices resort to a navigation bar on the screen but to replace the physical menu button to something more useful button, for example, to open applications open in the background. Here intervene imagination of each manufacturer.

We’ll see what happens with the new Android devices are released and if they accept this new policy for Google applications. Be dispensed? Current manufacturers of the menu button?,

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