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Why does Google want on-screen Android buttons?

Why does Google want on-screen Android buttons and not physical buttons?

Most Useful Answer Pondlife  Jan. 7, 2013 at 21:30

Can control the button layout for a more consistent os?
Stops manufacturers ruining phones with crap buttons? (I'm looking at you again Sony, although huawei's g300 had issues on initial firmware)
Can move them out of the way for some apps/games?

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matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 20:58

A question which I have not, to this day, found a decent answer for. I've heard it's to save space, but there have been no devices released (yet) which have on-screen keys which don't also have enough space on their bezel for regular, physical and/or capacitive keys.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 21:25

They also invented the I-am-feeling-lucky tab... Go figure.

Pondlife  Jan. 7, 2013 at 21:30

Can control the button layout for a more consistent os?
Stops manufacturers ruining phones with crap buttons? (I'm looking at you again Sony, although huawei's g300 had issues on initial firmware)
Can move them out of the way for some apps/games?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 23:16

Makes some sense.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 23:25

Can control the button layout for a more consistent os?
Stops manufacturers ruining phones with crap buttons? (I'm looking at you again Sony, although huawei's g300 had issues on initial firmware)
Can move them out of the way for some apps/games?

I honestly think that any manufacturer that's so useless they need that level of hand-holding from Google, is likely to have bigger issues with their devices than the button layout (looking at you, HTC One X before button remap).

The best buttons on any device are the truly physical buttons on the original Desire; great feeling, metal buttons. Can't beat it.

Pondlife  Jan. 7, 2013 at 23:32

There have been some awful buttons on phones, not all on android phones but good to remove one problem, glad to see dedicated camera buttons just about hanging on though. Increase in phones using the glove tech Nokia used would be good assuming it worked as described anyway.

I know the order of buttons is a distraction when switching between different android phones too, have pressed the wrong button quite a few times when not focusing on which phone I was using.

Pondlife  Jan. 7, 2013 at 23:36

The best buttons on any device are the truly physical buttons on the original Desire; great feeling, metal buttons. Can't beat it.

And yet a quick google of Htc desire buttons reveals lots of issues with them.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 23:39

The best buttons on any device are the truly physical buttons on the original Desire; great feeling, metal buttons. Can't beat it.

And yet a quick google of Htc desire buttons reveals lots of issues with them.

Mine never broke, can't speak for anyone else's. I find Samsung's buttons a good balance of aesthetics and performance, probably helps that I'm very, very used to them, though...

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 23:42

There have been some awful buttons on phones, not all on android phones but good to remove one problem, glad to see dedicated camera buttons just about hanging on though. Increase in phones using the glove tech Nokia used would be good assuming it worked as described anyway.

I know the order of buttons is a distraction when switching between different android phones too, have pressed the wrong button quite a few times when not focusing on which phone I was using.

I would like to see more of the glove tech, the S-Pen kind of makes up for it on the Note, but it's not as good as actually being able to use your phone with gloves on.

The order of the buttons isn't really an issue for most people, though. You have to remember "normal" people keep their phones for two years, that's not many times where they have to adjust to a new button order (if the button order even changes between their old and new devices).

Pondlife  Jan. 7, 2013 at 23:48

Yeah can't imagine getting s pen out walking in the street for a quick text.

Yeah but for people who have to sort out issues on others phones..
Do people really keep phones for 2 years? Don't think I've had any phone as main phone for that long, even before I was slightly obsessive...

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 23:51

Yeah can't imagine getting s pen out walking in the street for a quick text.

Yeah but for people who have to sort out issues on others phones..
Do people really keep phones for 2 years? Don't think I've had any phone as main phone for that long, even before I was slightly obsessive...

Well contracts are two years, and most phones are sold as contract devices (I'd go as far as saying PAYG users are likely to keep their phones even longer, as they' tend to be infrequent users who are unlikely to are about what phone they have).

The S-Pen is no good when you're walking, it's too much of a two handed job to use.

Pondlife  Jan. 8, 2013 at 00:02

Are most phones sold on contract over here? Never realised. Only had two phones that way out of more than a dozen.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 00:09

Are most phones sold on contract over here? Never realised. Only had two phones that way out of more than a dozen.
That's why phone shops only sell high end devices on contract and couldn't care less about PAYG customers, the money's in contract sales. How many people do you really think go out and spend £500 on their iPhone? Not many, would be my guess, £35 per month sounds much more affordable to the average idiot.

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