Found a secret app menu button

Mooncatt

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I was just playing around and found out the square "recent apps" button doubles as a menu button for whatever app you're in. Just long press it to pull up the app's menu. It may also act as a side swipe for apps with windows that are pulled in from the side. I haven't tried it on all of my apps, but so far the only one it didn't work on was Weather Bug (neither for a settings menu or to pull in the side window).

I know it may not be much, but I've not seen mention of it anywhere before. I found it handy for one handed use so I'm not reaching all the way to the top or left side with my thumb.
 

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I guess it's because it had been around for a while they assume that we all go into these new devices knowing how the OS works now. But still, there should be at least a quick tutorial on each device to show you the 'hidden' stuff. At least a quick reference.

I think this change was introduced in Kit Kat, with the exception of a few stubborn manufacturers (I'm looking at you, Samsung) that took a while to change their button layout, so it's quite 'old'. Personally, I prefer to have the Menu button and keep the multitasking as a shortcut either in the menu button or the home button or any other button.