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Rant: Android’s on-screen navigation buttons make no sense


I’ll be the first to say this is a first-world problem, but it’s been bothering me for a while: Android’s navigation bar – the space with three virtual buttons at the bottom on many phones – is pointless. They waste space, add nothing to the experience, and sometimes hinder it too. Why Google and others use them It all started with the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0, for you weirdos who prefer numbers to desserts), when Google decided Android phones would look better if they didn’t have any buttons on their fronts (Microsoft has since adopted the style for Windows Phone as…

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