Touch-based navigational buttons on Android was introduced in Honeycomb (Android 3.0) and further implemented on the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). While its flexibility and aesthetics are appreciated by many, there also were a good number of folks who either prefer physical buttons and/or utilize the screen estate taken up by the navigation bar into, well a full screen instead.
If you have a Galaxy Nexus and have been wanting the latter, you may be in luck. An XDA member, “mrx8836350” developed a tweak that removes the navigational buttons altogether on the Galaxy Nexus.
According to the forum thread and Android Community, the tweak requires tinkering with the Nexus’s Framework.res file and as always, tinkering with your device do carry a level of risk so proceed with caution if you wish to apply the tweak to your Nexus. In case things go downside, the poster supplied a flashable set of files for the GSM Galaxy Nexus, Android Open Kang Project and Apex ROMs.
As you could see from the video, navigating without the…navigational buttons can get pretty tricky and cumbersome. Thanks to the Android devices without buttons such as the Kindle Fire, Nook Color, HP TouchPad, there are a few apps that you could download that can pull up the navigational bar on the screen as needed: Button Savior or Virtual Button Bar.
Tinkering your devices can lead to voiding the warranty among other issues so please, do it at your own risk and research about the tweaks in full prior to applying them to your device.
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