HTC bringing back Menu button to One devices

HTC bringing back Menu button to One devicesNow, this is something we really welcome.

Regular viewers of my ramblings will know I love the Samsung Galaxy S3 (again) but also have a real soft spot for the HTC One X. It's a cracking handset. But you know when there's one thing that just lets the experience down for you?

Before I go any further.. personal opinions and all that! But, HTC has followed the Google manual and stripped away the softkeys to reflect the needs of Ice Cream Sandwich. Which means you get a home button, a back button and a multitasking button. There is no menu button.

Which sounds like a small thing, but is a real pain in proper day-to-day usage because lots of apps haven't been rewritten to take this into account. When using the One X, it was the one thing that drove me to distraction - I was permanently bringing up a multi tasking whilst screaming like a banshee "gimme my options back!! Argh"

Anyway, HTC's going to remap that button for all international users with a software update that echoes what we've already jealously watched being bestowed upon AT&T customers in the USA. And it's not just the One X flock - but all One series owners.. So the One V, the excellent One S, and so on.

We can't blame HTC for trying to move forward here and initially ditching the menu button, following Google's lead (although technically, Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to do away with all soft keys and replace them with on-screen versions). But others have not been so gracious with the likes of Samsung and Motorola following their own beliefs.

Anyway, at least one of the biggest annoyances to befall a fantastic device will soon be banished for now.

Via AnandTech

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matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:46

Google's new button layout was crap to begin with and it's still crap now. Onscreen buttons take up screen real estate (and mess with screen resolution) and HTCs half a*sed attempt to implement these new buttons just sums up their new found (and total) incompetence.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 6, 2012 at 11:17

Google's new button layout was crap to begin with and it's still crap now. Onscreen buttons take up screen real estate (and mess with screen resolution) and HTCs half a*sed attempt to implement these new buttons just sums up their new found (and total) incompetence.
Totally agree.

MrRoleyMole1992  Aug. 6, 2012 at 11:58

When the fudge is this going to be release to international devices, this fix has been needed since day 1.

Guest121  Aug. 6, 2012 at 11:59

If it had onscreen buttons instead there would be a context sensitive menu appear if needed. Works perfectly on google's galaxy nexus.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 6, 2012 at 14:07

If it had onscreen buttons instead there would be a context sensitive menu appear if needed. Works perfectly on google's galaxy nexus.
720p display....I don't think so, not when you take into account the onscreen buttons.

jaybear88  Aug. 6, 2012 at 15:24

Ah remember the days of the HTC Desire? Where we had buttons that made life so much faster and easier, with a lovely little optical mouse for the finer navigation when trying to edit a word..... Happier times.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 6, 2012 at 15:34

Ah remember the days of the HTC Desire? Where we had buttons that made life so much faster and easier, with a lovely little optical mouse for the finer navigation when trying to edit a word..... Happier times.
I remember it well, I used the optical track pad on my Desire to edit text, all the time.

krogothnx  Aug. 7, 2012 at 10:38

Google's new button layout was crap to begin with and it's still crap now. Onscreen buttons take up screen real estate (and mess with screen resolution) and HTCs half a*sed attempt to implement these new buttons just sums up their new found (and total) incompetence.
Totally agree.


Have you guys used a phone with onscreen buttons? I was against the idea at first, but after a few months with my gnex i can't see myself going back to hardware ones. they have the exact same feel as capacitive buttons, and them being dynamic is quite lovely. The fact they can rotate with your screen is a rather nice touch too.

The multitasking button again, i was against, but after you get used it it is a rather useful thing to have. That said, maybe i'm a little biased for it since i get it /and/ the menu button when needed.

i'll agree though, htc completely killing off the menu button was a silly idea. if they'd had it as a dual button so normal press for multitasking, long press for menu, then it could have worked pretty well.

bbaskin  Nov. 5, 2012 at 16:25

Google's new button layout was crap to begin with and it's still crap now. Onscreen buttons take up screen real estate (and mess with screen resolution) and HTCs half a*sed attempt to implement these new buttons just sums up their new found (and total) incompetence.

Completely agree.

fireyhand  Dec. 18, 2012 at 04:40

personally i wish the kept it like the sensation home menu back and search (i mean honestly it's a google device search is just kinda necessary) but just thinking about it with these giant new handsets it would be a piece of **** to add a fifth button ... PHONE. i understand the whole onscreen button thing but considering that having to go home then phone or scroll to a menu section... for search or even the menu adds distance between usage and functionality which while yes may sound lazy but... streamlines the phone (and frees up screen real estate) also i think the multitasking button is kinda stupid as it was always there the home longpress

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