Android N release date: Google rumored to feature a new, redesigned home button

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The home navigation button on stock Android devices might see a colorful change when the upcoming Android N releases, as rumors have it that Google is adding in a new visual feature to the home button, making it more exciting that the traditional round icon.

As shown in a leaked photo by Android Police, the new home navigation keys for the Android N and possibly the one that would make it to the public release version of the new software would feature a slightly redesigned home key. Previously, the home navigation key had been a round icon that does not change in any way. Now, it will feature an animation of some kind when long-pressed and Google Now On Tap launches. According to the source, the animations would have colors around the round icon which would expand in corresponding directions until they settle horizontally.

While the description may be hard to imagine, one thing is certain about this development that the home button will see a major overhaul for the new version of the Android operating system (OS), if the rumor would turn out to be true.

As of now, it has not been revealed whether this animated home navigation key feature would be released for all Android devices in the future via the Android N OS, or if Google intends this rumored new feature to be exclusive to the upcoming Nexus smartphones, rumored to have the codenames “Marlin” and “Sailfish.”

Regarding the upcoming Nexus smartphones, a recent leak allegedly revealed that the rumored Nexus “Sailfish” device that would be released this year is currently in the works inside HTC.

Specs of the alleged HTC Nexus “Sailfish” smartphone were also revealed, and it was tipped to have a 5-inch display with a 1080p Full HD resolution and would run under a 64-bit quad-core processor. It will pack 4 GB worth of random access memory (RAM), along with 32 GB worth of internal storage capacity.