If you are a CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly build user, we’d like to point out an awesome new addition that can be found in the latest builds, from March 11th on forward. If you’re rocking a device that uses the on-screen navigation bar (like the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, or Nexus 4, for instance), this applies directly to you.
You know that awesome little swipe on the home key that brings up Google Now, which can be performed from anywhere on your device, regardless of what app you’re using? Well, the guys from the CM team managed to get a new functionality up and running that allows you to customize that navbar and add shortcuts to your favorite apps. And if you don’t like the swipe function (perhaps you often open Google Now by accident), you can even disable the feature altogether.
How. Freakin’. Cool.
“In early February, AOKP developer Steve Spear (Stevespear426) submitted his code to the CyanogenMod gerrit instance, and has been working with our reviewers and UI/UX team to prepare the code for integration into CyanogenMod. Early this morning, the code was merged into our cm-10.1 branch; you will now see a revamped menu for ‘Buttons and layout’ and the new functionality is listed in the ‘Quick launch shortcuts’ menu.”
As is always the case, the latest CyanogenMod nightly builds can be yours by hitting up get.cm. Remember, nightly builds are considered to be highly unstable — even though I’ve run them for as long as I can remember with no mentionable issues — so you may want to wait for those stable or milestone builds to be released before you flash anything.
If you do decide to give the latest nightlies a run for their money, be sure to stop back and share your experiences. I think I’m about to do a Titanium Backup myself and try it out on my Samsung Galaxy S III (which has physical buttons, but they can be disabled), so wish me luck!