Aug 5th, 2016

Not long ago, it was tipped that Google could come up with a new design for the software home button that is featured on devices that don’t have a physical counterpart. It was… interesting, to say the least. There were many mixed feelings regarding its design, with most hoping that it was simply a reactionary element instead of a persistent one.

android n nav bar concept

Today we have our answer. Android Police has obtained an animation of the home button in action, and thankfully it’s pretty apparent that the “flower” only blossoms when you make a specific action. That action, according to the rumor, is bringing up the Google Assistant that we heard about at Google I/O.

google now nexus home button flower animation

The full animation shows the dots expanding in each respective direction, and then quickly aligning themselves horizontally. After all is said and done, they eventually retract into the white home button that we’re used to.

Unfortunately, that’s all the detail we get. There’s no word on whether each color responds to a different action that can be launched after you hold and swipe in a different direction, or whether it’s a one-size-fits-all for launching Google Now or Google Assistant. Hell, the source isn’t even positive that this exact design will make it into whichever update we’re said to be getting these changes. Either way, we’re feeling a lot better about this thing than we did when we first heard of its existence.

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