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Galaxy Nexus running Android version 4.1.1.

After a recent update, it seems google has added a feature where you can place your finger on the bottom home buttons, and slide up, to open google search. This feature is extremely useful when I want to interrupt my game play to open a google search while running the streets of liberty city. I am wondering if anyone knows how to disable this wonderful feature.


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A simpler solution that doesn't require root access is to go into Settings then Apps. From there, disable Google Search. This will also disable the homescreen searchbar and Google Now features.

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Worked like a charm. I wish I could make use of the extra screen space though. Oh well, thanks. –  Petey B Feb 4 '13 at 18:37

But again, these solutions require you to be rooted. I don't know how only to disable the swipe feature...

...I do!! How about creating a launcher that does nothing, but instead of the home button, use the swipe gesture? This app does just that! I know I'm a little late, but if you're still wondering, or if someone else comes across this thread, I hope it will help. But the main point of this is to keep ALL of Google Search's features, except the swipe without rooting, or doing any other messy work.

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It depends on whether or not you want to remove Google Now in its entirety or just disable the swipe gesture. If you are ok with disabling Google Now, and you are rooted, you can remove the Velvet.apk file (or add .bak after the name) from /system/app. You could also disable it from Applications under settings.

But again, these solutions require you to be rooted. I don't know how only to disable the swipe feature...

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I found Google Now Swipe Disabler helpful. You can disable the swipe or assign it to another app.

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This is the same solution earlier proposed by aecl755. Please check existing answers before posting, as adding a duplicate answer just wastes your time. –  Dan Hulme Dec 6 '13 at 9:29

The links in the previous answers seems dead. I just developed an app to disable this annoying feature, enjoy ;-) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ulk.gesturedisabler

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