The navigation bar in Android is pretty standard, with just three keys for operating the OS present at once. To make the experience using this utility a little better, root users can hack the bar and start adding shortcuts and customizing its appearance to their liking. However, this runs significant risk since the nav bar plays such a major role in the core of Android and you need to root your device which is risky by itself. But according to a newly discovered hidden feature within Android Nougat, Google may be trying to steer Droid users away from hacking their devices with a new System UI Tuner feature.
As you can see in the screenshots above, it appears that in an upcoming update to Nougat, Google will include the ability to customize your navigation bar with shortcuts and rearrangements of icons. This will surely increase the level of functionality brought by the bar and will no doubt be met with nothing but satisfaction by Android users.
To go over the various features of this leak discovered by two tipsters to Android Police, within the Settings menu for the bar, you can choose to add any of the buttons listed below.
Obviously, the Back, Home, and Overview buttons are standard on every Android device, while the Menu and Keyboard Switcher buttons appear only when they’re needed/activated by certain applications. The Spacer will add a blank space between the buttons of your choosing, while the Clipboard and Keycode buttons are, at this time, not functioning however do have assigned operations which can be seen in the gallery below. Nevertheless, you still can add each of these buttons, move them to where you’d like them to appear, and resize them to your liking.
The tipsters who sent these screenshots to AP had to activate this feature using different coding methods. By modifying SystemUI within Android Nougat, the utility became enabled and was operational when they booted back up their device. It’s unclear just what steps they took to achieve this, however it’s nonetheless exciting to see this feature at least present in Android 7.0.
At this time, we don’t know when the feature will launch if it does at all, however we do know it’s present and some people have gotten it to function. When we gain more insight on the new customizable navigation bar in Android Nougat, we’ll let you know.