Yesterday, a post on our Samsung Galaxy S8+ forum was making the rounds around the net which enabled you to theme the navigation keys on your phone to match the keys from the Google Pixel. This theme can be installed using an APK and it merely functions as an overlay on top of the existing navigation bar keys. Since yesterday, more contributions have been made to the thread and more bugs have been squashed, so we feel comfortable sharing some of these members’ work on the Portal.
Check out the thread linked below if you own a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ and want to theme your navigation bar. Available themes include an AOSP-based nav bar, a Google Pixel based nav bar, and a combination of either of these two with a dark notification panel. Follow the thread for more theme updates if you’re interested. Finally, you can also see our previous tutorial on how to add custom buttons to your nav bar.
Get custom nav bar themes for the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+
The Samsung Galaxy S8 represented a departure from previous iterations in that it uses software-based navigation buttons versus the capacitive keys/physical home button combination of yore. This change led to the creation of a modification that can make the Galaxy S8’s navigation icons look like the Google Pixel‘s.
To make the change, download any of the .apk files listed in the XDA Developers thread below. Since these are files not found through the Play Store, you will need to allow installation from unknown sources within the Settings menu. After that is done, install the files and reboot your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus. Once you power up your phone, you should see different navigation keys, along with support for rotation and transparency.
There are a few things to keep in mind, the biggest being that any of the .apk files only acts as an overlay – it does not outright replace the default navigation buttons. You will notice that detail when you hit the home button, for example, since it goes back to the default home button when pressed.
Also, if you use the always-on display, the default home button will show up, but that is not a bad thing – the button slightly moves from side to side to prevent screen burn-in, an issue with AMOLED panels.
Finally, you cannot disable the overlaid navigation buttons from within an app. If you wish to go back to the regular navigation keys, uninstall the download .apk file from the application manager and reboot the phone.
If the caveats do not dissuade you, the discussion thread has plenty of .apk files to choose from, one of them being an overlay that makes the Galaxy S8’s buttons look like the Pixel’s. Best of all, other .apk files include stock Android navigation bars, navigation bars with a menu button, and no navigation bar at all.