Change Hard Buttons

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    Change Hard Buttons

    Hi. I'm new to the site and droid OS. Excited to meet the enthusiastic droid community and find out what this thing can do!

    So that brings me to my first question. Is there a way to change the function of the static buttons at the bottom (home, menu, back, search)? I've talked with a lot of my friends that are droid owners, and they agree some of the buttons are kind of useless. I feel like the home key is redundant because you should be able to get to the home screen by holding the back button. The main function i want is a phone button that opens the dialer when pressed and ends a call when held or something. I can only think of one downside to that, and that is butt dialing. But this OS makes it more difficult to butt dial with the efficient timeout/locking functions. If you still butt dial people, then you just don't pay attention . Most people I talk to hate the search key too, (most apps have a search icon anyway, its not that hard to code one in).

    Anyway, if there is no way to reprogram them, then another good solution would be a dock bar that is always on top. It would also need to reserve a little space for itself at the bottom though. But you could customize It to suit your primary needs and make it an overall quicker device. I searched around with no luck so I thought I'd ask the pros. Thanks,

    btw, I'm not ranting, but I just want to get the most out of every tech device I have. I love this phone!!

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    There may be apps that re-task the buttons, but there are apps that won't let you get out of them without hitting the home button, so it still has a use. As for the phone button, look at apps that will put buttons on the lock screen. And put a shortcut to the dialer on every home page -- or in the dock at the bottom. You can change the settings so the power button will end the call.

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    Thanks for the advice. The power button to stop calls sounds good. Was not im my assesibility options though. Owell ill find it. But could someone recommend a program to change the hard buttons on this phone? Tried spare parts app but no luck there

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    On my Motorola Droid it's Settings> Accessibility> Power button ends call check box. If it's not there on your Evo then I don't know what would do it for you.
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