Will Verduzco · Jul 5, 2013 at 12:00 am

Auto-Hide Your Navigation Soft Keys with GMD AutoHide

The Android navigation soft keys, most notably seen on the last batches of Nexus devices and a few others such as the Xperia Z, are great. Not only do they allow for a sleeker, more minimal front device face; but they also are quite versatile. You can theme them to your liking, they hide or dim when viewing media, and they can adapt to the app you have opened by either showing or omitting the legacy context menu key.

Soft keys, however, are not perfect. While properly coded apps can hide the navigation bar on devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and above and dim them on Honeycomb and up, not every media app or game makes use of this feature. And without a custom ROM with this feature baked in, doing this manually is quite a chore. This is where XDA Forum Member StupidIdea‘s app GMD AutoHide comes in.

GMD AutoHide works by allowing you to hide or auto-hide the navigation bar with a simple swipe from the bottom of the screen. The app also has a few tricks up its sleeve, courtesy of what the developer calls Quick NavBar, where clicking a soft key then hides the navigation bar, and the ability to spoof the presence of the soft keys to the Android system. The app works without making any permanent modifications, so if something goes wrong, a simple reboot should fix the issue.

To go ahead and hide your navigation softkeys, head over to the application thread and give it a whirl.


_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!

Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician.
Emil Kako · Mar 29, 2015 at 06:47 pm · 3 comments

Has ART Made a Noticeable Jump in App Performance?

We've received mixed reports about switching to ART but it seems that the majority of users who make the jump see some type of improvement. But just how noticeable is this improvement in app performance? Let us know if switching to ART has brought noticeable changes to your device's performance.

DISCUSS
Aamir Siddiqui · Mar 29, 2015 at 06:02 pm · 2 comments

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Drop Test

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are already proving to be amongst the head turners of 2015. From favoring their inhouse Exynos 7 SoC over the Snapdragon 810 SoC (which ended up causing issues to its main rival); to ditching the removable battery and micro sd card slot in favor of a more "premium" device, the flagship duo have a lot going on for them at this stage. Regarding the premium redesign which replaced plastic with metal and glass,...

XDA NEWS
Mario Tomás Serrafero · Mar 29, 2015 at 12:02 pm · 1 comment

Sunday Debate: Corporate Cyanogen Good for Android?

Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on Cyanogen Inc. Come with your opinions and feel free to read some of our thoughts, then pick your side or play devil’s advocate to get your voice heard and engage in friendly discussion. You can read our food-for-thought or jump straight into the fray below!     CyanogenMod is widely recognized across XDA for its solid performance, great feature set and far-reaching (and also long-lasting) support for all sorts of devices, from...

XDA NEWS
Share This