Wish your Android phone had a hardware button for launching the camera, or a physical button you could press to end a phone call? Don’t use the volume keys very often? There’s an app that can help… maybe.

Button ReMapper is a free utility put together by xda-developers forum member appelflap. The idea is that you fire up the app on an Android phone that’s been rooted (it won’t work on unrooted devices), and Button Remapper will gie you a list of physical buttons on your device includign the power buttons, volume buttons, back, home, menu, and search buttons, and trackball.

You can then tap on any of these buttons in the pap to swap functinos or assign new functions such as media play/pause, media stop, camera, call, or end call.

I had a bit of trouble getting the app to work properly on my Nexus One, since it wasn’t entirely clear which buttons were originally mapped to which functions, but your results may vary depending on the device you’re using.

You can download the free app from the xda-developers forum.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

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