On the most recent firmware, a easy atmosphere exchange will banish one among this telephone’s main annoyances
The HTC One’s unsightly on-screen menu bar was never the most elegant way to handle apps that still use Android’s legacy “menu” key. We said as much in our review of the phone back in March. Thankfully with the new Android 4.2 update that’s now rolling out in some countries, it’s now possible to get rid of it entirely, and use a long-press of the home key to access menu functionality instead.
Within the new Android four.2-based totally firmware, the choice that controls the way in which buttons work is discovered below Settings > Show, gestures & buttons > Residence button. The primary possibility, chosen by way of default, allows you to get to Google Now by using lengthy-urgent the house key, or swiping up on it. The 2nd possibility maps a protracted-press of the house key to the menu key, accordingly disposing of the necessity for an on-display menu bar. As which you can nonetheless swipe as much as get admission to Google Now, you do not lose any performance there both.
Easy. Simple. And we’re just a little stunned it can be no longer this fashion by way of default. In the end, if there may be one environment you’ll be able to need exchange after getting the four.2 replace to your HTC One, that is it. Goodbye, on-monitor menu bar.