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Google Wants Android Devs to Forget About 'Menu' Key

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Jan 26, 2012, 3:41 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Google today explained in a blog post that it wants developers to stop creating applications that support the dedicated Menu button. Moving forward, Google wants all apps to use the ActionBar that's part of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Google explained, "Not only should your apps stop relying on the hardware Menu button, but you should stop thinking about your activities using a 'Menu button' at all. Your activities should provide buttons for important user actions directly in the Action Bar (or elsewhere on screen). Those that can’t fit in the action bar end up in the action overflow." Google hopes that this move will create a more uniform look and feel to the behavior of Android devices and the applications that run on them. Android devices originally shipped with four buttons, including a dedicated Menu key. The Galaxy Nexus, the first Android 4.0 device, does not have a Menu key and reflects the experience that Google is seeking.

more info at Android Developers Blog »



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Wasn't the whole point.. crood Jan 27, 2012, 9:43 AM
This drives me nuts. Captain Ahash Jan 26, 2012, 5:43 PM
Touch screen only? OmegaWolf747 Jan 26, 2012, 4:04 PM
How about the "Back" key while they're at it? bluecoyote Jan 26, 2012, 7:19 PM
Touch is NOT necessarily Better ibnturab Jan 26, 2012, 4:40 PM
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