Android N settings will add hamburger menu for easier navigation between sub-menus

by: Andrew GrushFebruary 25, 2016

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With MWC 2016 now wrapping up, the next big show is Google I/O 2016, which is set to see the announcement of Android N. Though there’s still a lot we don’t know about the next version of Android, we already are starting to get a rough idea. Probably the biggest change rumored to make its way to N is the lack of an app drawer, but that’s not the only Android N-related gossip to surface this week.

Nougat is here, though getting it to all devices is a whole other story.See also: Android N features: everything confirmed, rumored and expected360

Yesterday Google posted about Android Support Library v23.2 and included a few screenshots in there. At first glance, nothing seems out of the ordinary, until you realize that there is a hamburger menu found in the Bluetooth settings section. While it’s possible that this could be a special developer build of Marshmallow, Android Police claims that it has verified this will be a feature found in Android N, though we are reaching out to our own sources to see if we can confirm this independently and will update this post if and when we hear back.


So what does this hamburger menu do? Allegedly it opens a side drawer that lists all the settings sections making it much easier to jump back and forth through different settings, without having to return to the main settings. From the sounds of it, this hamburger menu will be available in all sub-settings, though likely not in the main settings as that would prove to be redundant.

For now, we can’t confirm for sure that these screenshots are of Android N, or merely just a test feature that won’t make its way into any public preview. But if it did, would you utilize it, or do you think having a hamburger menu isn’t any faster/easier than just quickly going back to the main settings? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Next – What to expect at Google I/O 2016

  • Troy Kelley

    This looks like great idea. I’ve always wondered why the settings app doesn’t have a menu of any sorts.

  • Luka Bulatović

    Good when you bury yourself in menus and submenus and need another setting..
    Nothing spectacular but OK.
    But SERIOUSLY doesn’t ANYONE notice black theme on the first screenshot?! This would be a much bigger thing than a menu…

    • Josh

      “But SERIOUSLY doesn’t ANYONE notice black theme on the first screenshot?!”

      Obviously. what else could those two screenshots imply?

      • Luka Bulatović

        I was actually thinking about authors of the article, and previous comments.
        I hope Goggle won’t stop here and add a theme engine. Wouldn’t it be cool being able to download themes from the Play Store…

  • KeyserSoze

    Hamburger Menu? It’s an OS UI, not a fast-food restaurant, what retard came up with that stupid-fuq name?

    • Nick Ramacciato

      It’s a joke, not a dick. Don’t take it so hard.

      • KeyserSoze

        >>> It’s a joke, not a dick. Don’t take it so hard. <<<

        It's real life, not your gay fantasy. Quit trying to show us your little limp noodle.

        • thelastguyX20

          You clearly don’t have a creatively mind to see why it’s called a hamburger menu. You think you can create a better name?

          • KeyserSoze

            >>> You think you can create a better name? <<<

            Of course I easily can. Just because you have no common sense doesn't mean everyone else is like you. How bout just calling it an ordinary "pull-down menu" like any normal person would call it? Rolls off the tongue much better doesn't it? Everyone would instantly know what "pull-down menu" refers to wouldn't they? COMMON SENSE!

          • xgudwilx

            Actually “pull over”.. cuz whenever there’s a “hamburger” symbol, the options are to swipe over or tap for the settings or menu to appear. How bout we call it a tapstack or sideswipe quarter pounder deluxe.

          • Nickan Fayyazi

            Calling it a pull-down menu would make no sense considering you don’t pull it down… “COMMON SENSE!”

          • KeyserSoze

            >> Calling it a pull-down menu would make no sense considering you don’t pull it down. <<

            Of course it pulls down, just depends on the app. It doesn't always slide in/out/over or whatever. Doesn't matter, point is dumb-ass, it still does not in any way look like a hamburger.

        • Nick Ramacciato

          You seem pretty salty, you should stop embarrassing yourself.

          • KeyserSoze

            You seem pretty mentally defective from repeated inbreeding, you should stop breathing and remove yourself from the gene pool.

          • Nick Ramacciato

            You seem pretty salty, you should stop embarrassing yourself.

    • fahadayaz

      Its official name is the Navigation Drawer but hamburger menu has just kind of stuck (I guess because of the 3 lines than almost resemble a sandwich).

      • KeyserSoze

        It does not in anyway resemble a hamburger to a normal person, a mental retard maybe, but not a normal person. The Adidas logo is 3 lines, does that look like a hamburger? Of course not, it’s just 3 damn lines. Giving it a stupid name like hamburger menu just confuses people into thinking about restaurant menus… as if tech isn’t confusing enough.

        • Nick Ramacciato

          To a normal person, maybe. Not everybody has a shitty, non-creative mind such as yourself.

  • Renascienza

    Cool, but isn’t yet so relevant.
    We are expecting so much radical improvements on N, maybe even finally an official desktop PC variant (phones, tablets, wereables, cars, TV, but not on my computer, yet).

    • Jeff reames

      Verizen still waiting on M !……lol

      • Renascienza

        In my humble opinion, you north-americans allow your network providers have so much control about your mobile experience, in exchance for a few bucks (that you will pay multiple times along your contract, anyway).

        When you get a device by provider contract, any software update need to be adopted and eventually edited by manufactor first, stuffed with its bloatware, so again by network provider with even more bloatware, before finally you can get it.

        On my country (Brazil), providers tried to do that in the past, but don’t succeded. Our preference is *ever* off-contract devices despite higher price tags, CDMA/TDMA devices are gone for good decades ago, our laws allow to customers unlock SIM cards even on in contract devices, and contract obligations lasting more than a year are illegal.

        In my opinion, sadly when you buy a discounted device on contract on US, you also win a pair of handcuffs as a gift.

  • vmxr

    Dark theme ? come on material needs dark theme

    • fahadayaz

      It’s already available in the latest support library release ;)

  • phatmanXXL

    Good deal, just hold the pickle and onion .

  • Can’t wait for dark theme; it’ll finally make me switch back to Google Launcher.

  • dimitris aspetakis

    My opinion is that usually when you go to the settings you go there for something specific, so a hamburger menu would just make everything a bit more cluttered.

  • What? That thing again? The hardest to reach button anyone could possibly create? What happened to Material UI?

    • Kevin Louwrens

      In an app it’s just a swipe away from the left. You don’t have to physically touch the top left-hand corner…

  • Karthik

    OR this might be a hint at the multi window mode, when in land scape. To utilize the screen real estate well in 16:9?

  • subm

    Settings of settings??

  • Jason Kim

    OMG Already time for Android N…… and Yet I didn’t even get Marshmallow for My Korean SK Telecom Note 5 …..
    Next time….. going for Nexus !

    • Luka Bulatović

      I didn’t get our either on international S6.
      It should come in a week or two.
      Also, agree on the Nexus thing. I’ll probably do the same.

    • DynamikD

      Nexus devices are the way to go

  • Kirill

    Omg, this menu some better menu Android M.

  • Влатко Стојанов

    That seems like Android N on Nexus 5

  • s2weden2000

    hamburger menus rule…

  • tansuperman

    Samsung doesn’t even have marshmallow on any handsets in the U.S. and Google is already talking about Android n. Samsung should be ashamed

  • AZ

    Lack of an app drawer.. Let’s welcome Google into 2008!! Wooo

    • Nick Ramacciato

      Take your joke back to r/applecirclejerk, you never asked them for permission.