Report: Android Nougat hides code that points to a customizable navigation bar

If you don't like exactly how the navbar is set up, you may be able to change it to your liking in the near future.

Google may ratchet up the customization capability of Android to a whole other level.

The navigation bar, which houses the predictable home, back, and recents (multitasking) buttons, may be the newest piece of Android you’ll be able to reshape as you see fit.

According to an Android Police report, some code hidden in the new Android Nougat release details how this may look. In the hidden configuration interface, the standard buttons are all removable, with the new ones able to be thrown in where you’d like. The options include a clipboard, spacer, menu/keyboard switcher spacer, and a button that can be assigned a keycode.

nougat navbar Android Police

Select where you want the buttons to go on the Navbar.

As the images reveal, you’ll be able to place the buttons where you’d like on the navigation bar and add and eliminate them as you please. It’s possible this could appear in one of the maintenance releases that Google is planning for future versions of Nougat, or Android O, or maybe just specific Android products (like new Nexus devices, or a new tablet).

navbar customization Android Police

The new customization capability will allow you to take even greater control over how Android performs.

Why this matters: Adding this capability would give you another layer of personalization to make Android work the way you want. It wouldn’t be surprising if this and a software bump to 7.1 was rolled out along with the new Nexus phones. The phones could also debut with several other software enhancements, with the most notable being a new launcher.

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