People have been excitedly poking and prodding the developer preview of Android N, and for the most part it’s been a pretty straight forward experience. While Google is making some important changes, it doesn’t look all that different compared to the past few major releases. However, it looks like the search giant was saving a big design change for later this year.
According to Android Police, when the official finished build of Android N drops this fall, the appearance of the navigation bar (those buttons for home, multitasking and back) will have undergone a redesign.
Here’s what Android Police had to say:
According to a reliable source, Google’s newest Nexuses may be getting a navbar do-over, but it remains unclear at this time if the new design we’re seeing here will be available to all devices running N or only Google’s in-house Nexus brand.
The image you see above is apparently a representation of how the redesign was described by Android Police’s source, so the nav buttons could look slightly different when Android N is officially released. The home button allegedly animates when long-pressed, while the other two buttons are now opaque rather than simple outlines.
We haven’t seen clues to any redesigns in the Android N developer previews released by Google, but we’re getting close to a final release, so we should know more soon.