Once upon a time, the always present trio of buttons used to navigate at the bottom of every Android phones used to be a quartet with a now-defunct menu button. Google ditched it many years back, starting with the Galaxy Nexus, but secretly decided to bring it back with the Pixel 2.
First spotted by Android Police, pressing on the furthest right area (next to the multitasking square) of the navigation bar functions as a defacto menu button. Before you celebrate the return of the menu button, it only works in certain apps. One of those is the Settings app, activating the function button found on the top right-hand corner with the three vertical dots.
9to5Google also found that it works in Chrome. Pressing the ghost menu button activates the drop-down menu, giving users quick access to new tabs, bookmarks, refresh and settings for Chrome.
This is a slight change and nearly unnoticeable unless you are eagle-eyed, but it is very welcome. This rings especially true for the larger Pixel 2 XL. Reaching the top right of the display requires a fair amount of stretching, exposing the phone to unwanted drops. This new trick eliminates that by putting the menu button in the area your thumb rests.
To our chagrin, this isn’t a new feature available with Android Oreo. It only works on Pixel 2 devices. Other phones with Android Oreo installed do not have the menu button ability.
If you have a Pixel 2 or are thinking of buying one, be sure to try out this new hidden trick.