OK, so it's Nexus day. A day full of excitement and new things to be excited about. That doesn't take away from other awesome news, though - like new CyanogenMod features, for example. The team teased one such feature on Google+ last night: the ability to quickly hide the navigation and status bars on applicable devices.

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This feature actually makes its way to CM10 from Paranoid Android, so hats off to that dev team for such a cool (and useful) tweak. I can personally see myself using this in a few instances: while playing games, it'll keep me from accidentally hitting the back or home buttons; also, when watching movies. Moar screen!

The option should already be available in the latest nightlies, so grab the one for your device and give it a whirl.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Adrian Meredith

    Em? the buttons already disappear when watching movies

    • Yianni Galiatsatos

      On tablets the Nav bar is there, the buttons only fade

    • theentropic

      The notification pane may be hidden, but the buttons are still there (they're just "hidden" to translucent dots). The screen real estate is still lost though... but not anymore!

      • asianrage

        It'll disappear if you're watching a full 720p video/movie. I see it happen everyday.

        • blunden

          Indeed. Any good video player will remove them. The difference is that this change still allow you to interact with the device without them showing. The API used by video players will make the buttons visible again whenever you touch the screen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/flguillemette Francois Guillemette

    With a three or four fingers gesture from bottom to get up or down would be very, very awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    How do you get them back? I assume just press "power" again?

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      That would be a nasty Halloween "trick" if you couldn't ;)

    • Randall Walsh

      Yes you just push to power button and return it to normal view.

  • MeCampbell30

    Too bad the background doesn't extend all the way to the bottom.

    • NicholasMicallef

      It works fine on my N7, might be due to the aspect ratio.

  • http://profiles.google.com/alex.flow01 Alessandro Fiorito

    That wheater widget is downloadable?

    • asianrage

      I think that's Beautiful Widget.

    • http://www.facebook.com/santiago.gomezflor Santiago Gomez

      I want to know what is that weather widget

  • Damon

    I've been using this on ParanoidAndroid for months now. Nice to see it get merged into CM

  • Eye4Detail

    Hoping this will get full gesture support. Power buttons already fail much faster than the devices themselves. Extra presses are likely to result in faster failure.

  • nsnsmj

    Finally catching up to AOKP.

    • blunden

      CM isn't about adding every feature possible anymore though (unlike CM7 and earlier). It's about creating a rom that rivals stock roms in code quality and stability. It is meant to be streamlined and easy to use. The project also aims to add support for a wide variety of devices, unlike AOKP which only supports devices someone else have already developed hardware support for.

      It is wonderful that we have all this choice but not all roms are directly comparable since they aim to achieve different goals.

      • blunden

        This change is actually a perfect example. It took 18 patchsets to get the code up to CM standards, changes that were later backported to the source rom from what I saw.

    • yippiedad

      Please tell me where to enable that feature in AOKP - I can't find it!

      • Freddie Mercury

        In JB AOKP do the following:

        System Settings --> ROM Control --> Power Menu --> Check "Show navigation bar toggle"

        It's in ICS AOKP also and I think in the same place but maybe not. It's there somewhere though.

        Now that you've checked the box you can press and hold the power button to bring up the power menu. You will find 4 new buttons at the bottom. Power, Home, Back, Menu.

        The power button will toggle the navbar off and on and give you some extra space on the bottom. To navigate use the Home, Back and Menu buttons from the power menu, or press the power button again and the navbar will return.

        From the pictures CM10's implementation is slightly different. CM looks like it removes both the navbar and the status bar, but doesn't have the extra navigation buttons in the power menu.

        So really it's just a matter of preference. I personally prefer AOKP's method, because I like my status bar being handy. But they need a new icon for the power button. It's a bit misleading and could easily be confused with a button that turns the screen off rather than disabling the navbar.

        • yippiedad

          Thanks Freddie! I had been looking for that feature in AOKP but I never thought that it was hidden under the Power Menu. After now trying it I wish they had implemented a swipe from bottom to bring back the navigation bar temporarily when hidden instead of having to long-press the power button every time... Guess I need to submit that suggestion to the AOKP team. Otherwise AOKP is fantastic!

          • Sean Stone

            Add this http://goo.gl/29Of4 to your phone and you'll be able to access whatever buttons you want with a simple swipe in from the left or right side of the screen. Super useful, I basically always have my nav bar hidden.

          • yippiedad

            Awesome! I'll check it out - thanks for the suggestion, Sean!

  • Alistakn

    Is there a shortcut or a command for that, to use it with tasker?

    • JD

      Use secure settings within Tasker. Tasker by itself doesn't give you this.

  • BrainOfSweden

    This is the feature I really hope Archos isn't overlooking with the release of their GamePad. Fullscreen gaming is much better, that's why I like hardwarebuttons, but the GamePad doesn't sport the standard HW buttons of course. So if Archos hasn't implented this on their own, let's sure hope it's easy to root.
    And good news to all hardware button missing Cyanogen users :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001106014253 Aviral Singh Chauhan

    I use my tab 2 with this MOD is actually somewhat col now, with those gestures I don't have to go to menu scroll to right and click that camera icon I just type "c" in my lock menu to access camera :)

  • lftsy

    Thanks for the tip

  • Jahmusic

    Thanks this solved an irritating and annoying problem!