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By AppReviewBros, Senior Member on 5th November 2013, 09:47 PM
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As we all know Nexus 5 has a gorgeous looking display that's amazing to play games on, however, the big navigation bar that's always common kind of destroys the purpose of it.




One way to hide the navigation bar is by editing the build.prop file by adding a new line to it: qemu.hw.mainkeys=1
What it does is completely disable the navigation bar, so we need a new way to navigate without it. An easy way to do that is with an application called Button Savior. The app will enable hidden on screen buttons that are very responsive and will allow you to access home screen with ease while enjoying the beautiful display, now in full screen!

Here's a list of applications that work and can be used to navigate without the original navigation bar:
1. Button Savior (back button does not work)
2. Handy Soft Keys (when enabled the "Ok Google" feature does not work)
3. Pie Control (paid application, but developer offers it for free to XDA users http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2454531)
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5th November 2013, 10:50 PM |#2  
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Thank you The display looks so much better without the nav bar. i look forward to GMD Gesture Control compatibility with KitKat, it's a much better alternative for Button Saviour.
5th November 2013, 11:21 PM |#3  
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Thank you The display looks so much better without the nav bar. i look forward to GMD Gesture Control compatibility with KitKat, it's a much better alternative for Button Saviour.

I agree with you, GMD was the first app I actually tried, though as you say it does not work on Nexus 5 yet.
6th November 2013, 12:09 AM |#4  
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Hopefully LMT will be updated soon.

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6th November 2013, 03:03 AM |#5  
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have you guys tried this https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....handysoftkeys ?? I installed this a few mins ago and it works like a charm. Everything works and its so freaking smooth.
6th November 2013, 03:07 AM |#6  
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Don't apps have to be updated to hide the softkeys?

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6th November 2013, 03:09 AM |#7  
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Don't apps have to be updated to hide the softkeys?

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It's working fine for me.
6th November 2013, 03:11 AM |#8  
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Looks like THIS is a similar tool.
6th November 2013, 03:13 AM |#9  
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thanks. i was playing some nfs today and was wondering about this.
6th November 2013, 03:14 AM |#10  
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Looks like THIS is a similar tool.

Yea I saw this, but Handy soft keys auto hide and becomes visible when you touch the screen. I think its very nicely implemented. You gotta try to see what I mean.
6th November 2013, 03:15 AM |#11  
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Yea I saw this, but Handy soft keys auto hide and becomes visible when you touch the screen. I think its very nicely implemented. You gotta try to see what I mean.

I just don't like the pie effect. More of a preference.
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