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DROID ULTRA Joins HTC at the Black Menu Bar From Hell Party (Updated: With Fix!)

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Decide against on-screen navigation buttons. Leave “menu” out. Join HTC.

Update:  Oh, well isn’t Motorola super-duper clever. You can map the task button to act as a menu with long press. The option is in Settings>Display, then “use long press for menu.”

Life can return to normal now.


  • StargateNH

    This non-standard “no menu” button is one thing that could keep me from buying a HTC in the future. I know there are workarounds as mentioned here, but come on. Google needs to reverse their push for no menu button on the phone. Love my GS3 menu button.

  • Kanaga Deepan N

    I would like to map the last key to Menu always and LONG PRESS or doubletap it for Task key…

  • InvaderDJ

    I don’t get why every OEM doesn’t just use the on screen buttons. It can help cut down on bottom bezel, it is more flexible, and it is where Google is taking Android. Fighting against it just seems pointless.

  • Trueblue711

    Problem is, 90% of their users won’t know or bother to do the workaround.

  • Jurdiales

    I used the Long press for menu when i flashed CM10.1 on my HTC One X… it’s much better than the big black bar.

  • Aaron Saellam

    Been doing this on my One x since ics, except I have it set for menu on short press and recent apps on long.

  • Sailor Psychic

    What app is this? Could you guys check if the “…” shows up in the app on a Nexus device (with on-screen keys)?

    Does the app have an overflow “…” of its own and is also showing the black menu bar from hell? I remember when you posted an article about the Google Reader app and the BMBFH. Reader had it’s own overflow “…” at the top of the app, but the One X erroneously had the bar at the bottom. Is that the case here? If so, I’m wondering if this a bug related to manufacturer skins.

  • Daniel

    Kind of dumb that they don’t just have all 4 buttons across the bottom…I personally preferred when it was Home, Back, Menu, and Search…long-pressing Home brings up recent apps, search key brings up Google Now immediately or long-presses for voice search, and Menu is not buried or harder to press…but then again I prefer phones with a MicroSD slot and physical qwerty keyboard, so what do I know.

    • Trueblue711

      I like the buttons too, but the search button was almost useless.

      • John Malin

        I use it all the time. Quick access at the bottom of the phone to google, use it in my music apps to find something without having to scroll, long press for google now voice.

      • bionicwaffle

        I’d love home, back, menu, and task switch across the button. Search wasn’t very helpful since all apps that can use it give you other access to it. I don’t even care what order they put them in as long as they’re off screen! It’s such a waste of the limited display real-estate on a phone.

    • Nate

      I think Samsung got it right. Menu Softkey (Home Hardkey) Search Softkey
      Long Press Home for Multi-Tasking (Optionally Double Tap for S Voice).
      Long Press Menu for Search
      Long Press Back for Multi-Window Tray (if Enabled)
      Android only needs 3 buttons, really, and they should not have replaced the menu button with Multi-tasking. It makes no sense as the long press is easy enough. The menu key is necessary, IMO, especially with the exploding screen sizes and the tendency for app developers to place the menu on the top right hand corner of the screen which makes it almost impossible for people who hole their phones with their left hand to get to it (even right handed people do this, a lot of them).

      • bionicwaffle

        I’d be happy with that but I prefer one touch for multitasking as opposed to a long press. I would do multi-tasking as a primary function and then menu with a long press of that button. I think a lot of things could be more useful than search but since it’s one tap away in most apps.

  • Kelly OBrien

    Holy black bar

  • Jonathan Berry

    So does it become a menu button, or does it just do that for the old-style menu? That is, with this enabled do app overflow buttons disappear like on Samsung phones?

  • Jordan Webb

    It’s like Android news whiplash.

  • kevintufts

    Is there any way to know when the menu is available if you use the long press method?

    • Justin W

      If there’s an action overflow menu (• • •), then you can long press. Alternatively, you can just randomly long-press, and usually a side-bar or menu will pop up from somewhere.

  • T4rd

    I thought HTC fixed this the with the exact same trick that Moto is using here with the One X? I saw that it came back on the One though and don’t think they made that same trick available on the One yet… which sounds retarded.

  • JDub

    Hurry, retract this article before it’s too late.

  • Jeremy B.

    FFFFwwoooohhhhh! That was a close one great job motorola 😀 <——Happy customer here..

  • Jared Denman

    There goes that extra screen space that you wanted.

  • gabe

    you can disable it in the display options by checking the “use long press for menu” and options will show up if you long press the “open apps” soft key

    • kixofmyg0t

      Nice save.

    • Jonathan Reid

      Top comment’s author is Gabe.
      There are three squares on that menu button…..

    • Jonathan Reid

      Top comment’s author is Gabe.
      There are three squares on that menu button…

      • kixofmyg0t


        • Jordan Webb

          Half-life 3 confirmed. Come on, man. Get with the program!

          • kixofmyg0t


      • landon

        +1000 Internets to you!

    • saif

      HTC has this feature in 4.2!

      • Justin W

        Tell that to everyone in the US who has 4.2. Wait, that’s only those that have rooted/rommed it. Still on 4.1.2 over here 🙁
        I seriously wonder how long it’s going to be for us to get the damn update. It’s clearly done, why hasn’t it been pushed at least to those on Unlocked devices?

        • Josh Oberg

          the verizon htc one is supposed to hvae 4.2 on it according to HTC rep

          • michael arazan

            HTC no updates, sense skin and 4 MP camera is probably why I won’t get the One. Every HTC phone before the One is almost as bad as LG and only get OS updates maybe once every 1 1/2 years.

          • PhoenixPath

            It will be incredibly amusing if VZW is the first US carrier of the One with 4.2.2….

            …and I own the T-Mob One.

    • elainebelden235

      If you understand what you’re doing, you’re are intelligent.
      Then don’t waste time and move to… bay35.ℂℴm

  • That sucks

  • besweeet

    Well that’s dumb…