We’ve heard that the next version of Android will have some major changes to the user interface. In fact, many of the rumored changes I don’t even like! But one of the rumors was that Google will be replacing the home button in the navigation bar with a “Google” button, and the latest info suggests that it might be true.

Android navigation buttons

The new button design is actually pretty attractive, with the multitasking button taking on a more abstract look. However, the Google button draws the most attention. Apparently, this button will be replacing the home button as the new launcher design may integrate Google Now more closely than Google Now Launcher currently does. And even if it doesn’t, it would make sense for Google Now Launcher.

However, this button may be substituted by the home button at times. With the navigation bar, the buttons can change automatically depending on the situation. So maybe switching launchers will bring the old home button back, albeit with a new design to match the two other buttons.

While we’re still completely clueless about the direction Google is taking with Android, or if any of these changes will actually make it to Android 4.5/5.0, it’s good to see some info come out. And even if some of us don’t like the direction these leaks are going in, it’ll be an interesting Google I/O to say the least. What do you think of this latest leak?

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