Nov 22 AT 3:08 PM Dustin Earley 14 Comments

Galaxy Nexus mod allows you to customize navigation bar


After the first public display of Ice Cream Sandwich, concerns were raised as to how navigation would work among legacy software. For example, there isn’t always a menu button displayed in the software navigation bar, and some applications don’t have an in-app menu key. It was announced that a menu key will pop up when necessary, but some people have become so accustomed to using the ever present menu key, that they can’t help but wonder why Google would get rid of it. The same goes for the search key, now gone because it supposedly caused more confusion than not. Well thank goodness for the Android community.

Paul O’Brien from MoDaCo, the same man behind the permanent root solution for the Galaxy Nexus, has released a set of UI patches for the Nexus that allow you to totally customize the navigation bar on the device. By using the patch, you can add a search key to the navigation bar on the Galaxy Nexus, as well as a number of different configurations for a menu key. You can place the menu key on the right, left or both sides of the navigation bar, and choose to keep it active even when not visible.

Of course the standard “we can’t be held responsible for anything you do to your device” disclaimer still applies, but the procedure for installing the patch is quite simple if you’ve used ADB before. If you’re not familiar with ADB, different methods should be out shortly. Either way, you can visit the original thread here on MoDaCo where you’ll find instructions and download links.

There’s no telling if this patch will work on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, but it’s a good sign of just how much support the device should get come launch time.

Via: Phandroid

Source: MoDaCo

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Thomas Hunsaker

    Awesome, this adds a whole new level of customization to Android. I can’t wait to see some of the crazier mods to the navigation bar.

    • Dustin Earley

      I’d love to be able to add apps to it things like brightness and audio. Maybe something like a quick settings key.

      • SphericalPuma

        I agree. I’d love to be able to swipe to reveal another dock of software keys (brightness, wi-fi, Bluetooth, etc.)

  • Mfg68

    This is not good. We DON’T want the menu button to be permanent because then devs are going to continue to stay on their lazy asses and not update their apps to properly use an Action Bar.

    • Tangent

      Don’t worry, the number of people modding their phones even to this small degree is hugely outnumbered by people who leave them stock. Any developer not wanting to only cater to a small modding community will still need to update their apps.

  • ben dover

    skinned nav buttons. winning.

  • apay

    That would be great to swipe up to show the navigation bar… idn why android tech didn’t think of that…

  • Nathan

    Got to love Android :)

  • Tankfantry

    What about other phone manufactures and their overlays. Will this be negated with Touch Wiz, etc…

  • charliethesuperturtle

    those lucky Canadians…

  • userx

    So I have to not only unlock and root, but mod my “brand new utterly amazing” Nexus Sexus to get it to even function correctly? And put back something that should have never been removed?

    Are you SERIOUS?

    Go ahead and -1 me all you want, but THIS IS STUPID.

    Whats worse is that ills till end up buying one, and donate to [email protected]
    but STILL!!!!!!!!


    and dont you pussies go on and bitch about anything this post.
    its the fucking truth and you know it.

    I love to mod and tinker, but seriously, why cant it just come RIGHT, atleast ONE time!?

    • 000brunswick

      Settle down bro. Just use it stock if you’re so pissy about it. Most people who know how to modify their phones in this way, buy android phones for that very reason.

      • userx

        but the point of this entire post, is the fact that a mod will add a feature back into stock, that was removed.

        thus questioning : what was the purpose of removing it? if now to get it back everything has to be rooted and modded? that part doesn’t even phase me the slightest. hundreds of mods under my belt.

        my argument is WHY, this is something that regular people will want to, and basically forces them to have to learn how to root/mod. which is fine for me! i charge for these services when others back out, so if anything im grateful for the job security, while at the same time i will get this phone, root as normal, but for the sheer principal of buying my team all these phones, my girlfriend, brother maybe, and to think id have to root n mod each one of them just to have the basic function we should have? again, just STUPID.

        so ill be voiding the warranty of any nexus galaxy i ever touch, and on top of that, have to teach how to stay up to date with the firmware updates, ohhhh the joy!

        thanks, but no thanks.

        that calm enough for you to realize the problem with this dick move of theirs?

        • Breon

          Chill out man, you don’t HAVE to do anything to your phone…