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Add Permanent Search Button To On Screen Controls On Galaxy Nexus

Galaxy-Nexus-Search buttonWith Ice Cream Sandwich, came the Galaxy Nexus, and with the Galaxy Nexus we saw the elimination of the hardware capacitive / physical buttons, used to navigate an Android device. With those buttons now conveniently built into the OS for the Galaxy Nexus, Google decided to do away with the much useful Search button. So, you no longer have access to the Search button at anytime on the screen. Kind of annoying for some people. Besides, there’s still plenty of room for one button down there! XDA-Developers forum member paulobrien was quick to get this rectified. Well, no Google didn’t, he had to do it himself, so hats off to him for releasing a mod / patch that now makes the search button a permanent on screen button on the Galaxy Nexus. And not just that, he also added a few more twists to it as well, including placements and the addition of the legacy menu buttons placement and behavior as well. More on it, after the break.

Like we mentioned earlier, there’s more than just the addition of the search button. paulobrien has released 8 variants of the patch, of which some include the additional Search button and some don’t. While some also include the legacy Menu button, with some altering the buttons placement and behavior as well. Quiet the menu you got there. So here’s what you have:

Pictures below, courtesy of paulobrien.

Legacy Menu Buttons Added image

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.



  1. To begin, download the zip file and copy it to the root of your SD card.
  2. Reboot the device into recovery and make a Nandroid backup.
  3. Select wipe cache and wipe dalvick cache.
  4. Navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard and select the zip file.
  5. Once the file is flashed, simply reboot your device.

For updates and queries, head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers.


  1. Hey could you possibly reupload these files to a different site. Filesonic just got rid of their file sharing services. Also aside from my Galaxy Nexus, could this also work for Cyanogenmod 9 for my HP Touchpad. Like is this Galaxy Nexus specific or can it be applied to ICS in general? Thanks in advance! and great post! =]

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