Report: Android’s Navigation Buttons Are Getting Redesigned in Android N

Android Police has released a report with an interesting look at the future of Android. According to the leak, via unnamed sources, the publication quotes that Google will be tweaking the navigation buttons found in Android Lollipop 5.0 and above just a little for Android N when it’s final build is released. A mockup of the supposed new looks for the bottom bar of Android has also been released showing off what Google has in store for the bottom bar.


As you can see, the only design tweak the back and multitasking buttons get is a solid white color opposed to the previous white outline the buttons got in Android Lollipop and Marshmallow.


However, the circular Home button is obviously different. Not only does it have a new solid white design, but it sports four different colors on the top, bottom, left, and right which resemble those of the Google logo’s. Apparently, these colors are present because of the animation they give off. When activating Now on Tap, these colors “animate in some fashion…, with the various colors expanding in their corresponding directions until they all file out horizontally”. And as we all know by now, Google’s pretty fond of various animations, hence Android Lollipop.

Of course, this leak is just a mockup and probably not what Google will release in Android N. However, a very similar appearance to this leak might roll out but will likely experience some design tweaks before N makes its way to the public. I’m personally not a big fan of that new Home button, so let’s hope that gets changed at least a little.

What do you think of the new navigation buttons supposedly coming in Android N?

Source: Android Police via 9to5Google