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I'd like to remap the physical menu key of my Xperia Neo V running Cyanogenmod 9 to multi-tasking, the way it is on phones that were launched with ICS or Jelly Bean to begin with.

Apps built for ICS would then display the action overflow. With older apps, I guess an on-screen menu key would appear -- I think there is in fact an ICS phone that does this as it has only two keys, but I don't remember the name. Alternatively, the menu key would stay a menu key in these apps but this might be more difficult to achieve.

Is there any way to configure or modify Android to behave this way?

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Just as a point of consideration, on devices that have physical menu buttons the action overflow button will not appear. Granted, with CM9 I wouldn't be surprised if someone came up with a way to force it (or something similar), but remapping menu might be a little funky. –  eldarerathis Sep 7 '12 at 17:37
    
My thinking was that if my physical "menu" button is remapped, I don't have a physical menu button any more :) –  Erik Sep 7 '12 at 17:39
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It would be kind of interesting to see how Android handled that, as I don't know how precisely it makes the determination that you do (or do not) have a physical menu button. –  eldarerathis Sep 7 '12 at 17:43
    
I'm using HTC Desire which has physical buttons. This awesome guy has a patch which displays soft buttons on screen making my phone act as a phone without physical button. –  roxan Sep 7 '12 at 17:59
    
I'm not sure if I'd want that but it might be good as a starting point for researching where these things are defined. –  Erik Sep 7 '12 at 19:17
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As I have just discovered, the latest Cyanogenmod 10 nightlies have this feature. Unfortunately it doesn't ever display an on-screen menu key. As a workaround, I mapped long-press of the menu key to its old function.

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