November 14, 2019
It seems that Google is trying to completely remove the functions of previous versions of the Android 10 operating system. According to a bug report submitted, legacy applications no longer display the menu button in the navigation bar. This occurs on smartphones with Android 2.3 Gingerbread or earlier.
In the old days of Android phones, there were more than three navigation keys. Some devices had a dedicated search key. Most phones had a menu button that acted as a system-wide right-click key. However, the menu key has been deprecated for years, finally being scrapped with Android 10.
The menu button has been technically deprecated since Android 3.0 Honeycomb was released. When Google introduced the ActionBar feature for developers (which made it easy to place menu buttons in the app). However, the navigation bar menu icon continued to appear for apps that were still targeting Android 2.3 Gingerbread or earlier versions.
A few months ago a bug report was filed for Android 10, where someone noticed that the menu button was no longer appearing for legacy apps. Google recently closed the bug, stating that “this was intentionally removed as the API has been deprecated for several versions now.”
While almost 9 years is very generous when it comes to deprecation dates, this change will break the small number of apps and games that haven’t been updated to move the menu icon in the app. If this change affects you, it is probably time to find alternative applications.
Source: Menu navigation button is finally retired in Android 10
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