Digging the new Android L nav buttons? Here’s how to get them with Xposed

by: Bogdan PetrovanJune 30, 2014

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One of the biggest visual changes in the Android L release is the new navigation bar featuring the triangle, circle, and square buttons, replacing the familiar setup we’ve been using since ICS.

Not everyone is a fan of these new so-called “Play Station style” buttons. Personally, I still have mixed feelings about them – they are modern and match Material design, but I think that Google took abstraction a bit too far. But, if you happen to like them, you can use the new navigation buttons on your current device using a simple Xposed module created by XDA user prithvee.

All you need is root access and the Xposed Framework installed on your device. As you can see in the screenshots above, the buttons aren’t exactly identical to Google’s, so be warned if you tend to OCD about these things. You can donwload the module from here.

This mod is another handy tool for those who want to bring some of the L release flair to their current devices. You can also get the new system font, wallpapers, some of the apps, the new Heads Up notifications feature, and the Material-styled Google Keyboard app with minimal work, which should help pass the time until L release becomes available to the public this fall.

  • Mic

    Actually the old ones were prettier :(

  • Chris

    No. They’re super ugly. I’ll used exposed to keep the old ones.

  • K

    If people aren’t xposed fans then there’s also Softkeyz in the play store. Think there are 3 or 4 different L style nav buttons in their collection

    • Arturo Raygoza

      Can u name one?

  • Sunny

    Don’t trust xposed modules from random people once you install they got access to everything.

  • Jayfeather787

    Wow a lot of people are hating on these buttons↑↓. I think the new soft keys are quite nice. They are new and refreshing.

    • Dark_Laser

      I suppose a cat would prefer simple shapes because they look “nice”.

      • Jayfeather787

        I suppose a bitch would say something like that. Kill yourself.

        • Dark_Laser

          Well that escalated quickly…

          • Jayfeather787

            Indeed. My apologies. I could not tell if that was a burn or just a fact. Kinda in a rough mood this week. Again very sorry.

          • Dark_Laser

            I was just teasing. I probably should have added a :p or something.

          • Jayfeather787

            Yeah I know. I take things too seriously.

        • Arturo Raygoza

          I think that’s the first time I see you get mad. But I agree with you about the buttons, I like them

    • undercoverduck

      For me, it’s too soon to give an opinion. I’ll just have to see how they blend in with Material Design apps, and what they feel like after I’ve used them for a while.

      I do believe that they’re a bit too vague, though. Apart from the Back button, the icons don’t exactly clearly represent the action that follows after you press them.

  • jon

    I actually really dislike them.

    • WantNewNexus

      Me 2

  • Jan

    doesn’t work for me…

  • undercoverduck

    What app/Xposed-thingy did you use to get the Pushbullet-esque statusbar colours?

    • Guest

      i think the pics are actually Android L, not sure

  • Saeed Al Dhaheri

    hopefully HTC going to change them * fingers crossed*

  • SeraZR™

    Nah not a fan

  • Xepirg
  • Reema Saini

    these buttons are pretty

  • Amit Rahi

    This nav bar is awesome match with the new UI

  • sdfasdfasd

    The soft keys are simple and BEAUTIFUL! I immediately fell in love when them when i saw them for the first time! those are fundamental shapes with symmetry, simplicity and they are absolutely gorgeous! you guys who don’t like it must be over the age of 45 or something. GET with the times! YES SHORT SHORTS ARE IN! RAY BAND sunglasses are in, aviators are out! get with the times!

  • Duuuude

    I cant wait for these buttons! They look so clean and nice to me.