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    Default Can you hide the soft keys?

    Ill make this short. I have the Razr M. I am rooted. How can I hide the soft keys so that I can make full use of the screen?

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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    I don't think so - not sure if there is a launcher that would give that option. I use Nova and I hide the notification bar and the dock with no wallpaper and just simi clock and it is nice and clean...
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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Could you post a screenshot
    Quote Originally Posted by notrega View Post
    I don't think so - not sure if there is a launcher that would give that option. I use Nova and I hide the notification bar and the dock with no wallpaper and just simi clock and it is nice and clean...
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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by donebrasko View Post
    Could you post a screenshot
    Advanced Clock Widget
    Nova Prime Launcher
    And No Wallpaper
    Can you hide the soft keys?-uploadfromtaptalk1351989015467.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by notrega View Post
    Advanced Clock Widget
    Nova Prime Launcher
    And No Wallpaper
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    Thanks. I would really like to get the bottom part of the screen. I know it was done on the Nexus at some point. I didnt know if there was a way to edit it in the system settings or something
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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by donebrasko View Post
    Thanks. I would really like to get the bottom part of the screen. I know it was done on the Nexus at some point. I didnt know if there was a way to edit it in the system settings or something
    I'm almost certain that would require root

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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    I'm rooted already
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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by donebrasko View Post
    Thanks. I would really like to get the bottom part of the screen. I know it was done on the Nexus at some point. I didnt know if there was a way to edit it in the system settings or something
    Where did you see it done on a nexus? Could you post a link please?

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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Onscreen buttons has got to be the single biggest design error Google has made, simply horrible.
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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by notrega View Post
    Advanced Clock Widget
    Nova Prime Launcher
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    Minimalism at it's finest. Very nice.

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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by dreamliner View Post
    Onscreen buttons has got to be the single biggest design error Google has made, simply horrible.
    I disagree completely. Physical buttons add bulk to the phone and can break or wear out. Soft buttons disappear when launching apps.
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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by WAldenIV View Post
    I disagree completely. Physical buttons add bulk to the phone and can break or wear out. Soft buttons disappear when launching apps.
    No they don't.
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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by Megaroad View Post
    No they don't.
    They do on some apps where screen real estate is needed.

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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by Megaroad View Post
    No they don't.
    Quote Originally Posted by notrega View Post
    They do on some apps where screen real estate is needed.
    Like notrega said, they disappear in apps that need the full screen.
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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by WAldenIV View Post
    Like notrega said, they disappear in apps that need the full screen.
    No they don't. Video content does, but apps do not, or at least I've never seen an APP that hides the button bar. I'd be much happier with it if the menu disappears in all apps and returned with swipe motion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamliner View Post
    No they don't. Video content does, but apps do not, or at least I've never seen an APP that hides the button bar. I'd be much happier with it if the menu disappears in all apps and returned with swipe motion.
    Right. If I could swipe it on and off like ADW let's me do with my dock I would be satisfied.

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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by dreamliner View Post
    Onscreen buttons has got to be the single biggest design error Google has made, simply horrible.
    I like it because when the phone is off it looks good, but I would love to have the option to hide them completely and pressing power button or a swipe gesture
    Would make them pop up when needed.

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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by dreamliner View Post
    No they don't. Video content does, but apps do not, or at least I've never seen an APP that hides the button bar. I'd be much happier with it if the menu disappears in all apps and returned with swipe motion.
    Youtube does (which I appreciate), but that's the only app I've seen so far that hides them. I'd like it if the buttons would get hidden by Chrome. You'd think Google would write that into the Chrome code, since they are the ones promoting both the softkeys and the use of Chrome as stock browser. Also the stock gallery app. To me, there's no excuse for these stock Android apps to have built-in functionality around that. It's kind of weird how the Gallery app turns the icons into dots but still uses up the space.

    I can't say I hate the softkeys. The experience of using them is smooth and nice. I just wish the OS was a little more flexible about how and when they're displayed.
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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by gm46 View Post
    Wow, that's impressive. I usually get about 10 with what I would call moderate use. I thought I'd followed all the battery saving steps. I'll have to go back and reread those posts.
    I agree they are too creative not to do any of this.

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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Funny.....today my soft keys disappeared and I had to reset my phone

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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by dreamliner View Post
    "Onscreen buttons has got to be the single biggest design error Google has made, simply horrible."


    I agree 100%. Moreover it makes the display specs misleading. A spec that says 4.5" display -> with soft keys it is actually only about 4.25". Such devices should say so, e.g. 4.25" display expandable to full 4.5" during video playback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Convert2 View Post
    Moreover it makes the display specs misleading. A spec that says 4.5" display -> with soft keys it is actually only about 4.25". Such devices should say so, e.g. 4.25" display expandable to full 4.5" during video playback.
    Where do you see Razr M advertized as having 4.5" screen? It's advertized as 4.3".
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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    He was just giving a 'for-instance' example, not quoting a razr m spec.
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    Default Re: Can you hide the soft keys?

    Hello everybody!

    So I have been looking around the internet for about half an hour now for a solution to this. I have a Nexus 4 and I just installed LMT and really like the fullscreen thing. After running into countless unhelpful threads about hiding the softkeys, I came across this:

    It worked!!! It worked perfectly! (at least it worked perfectly on my Nexus 4). It hides the nav bar without hiding the notification bar!!!

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