JanSt

ICS - Android 4's silly flaw

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Okay,
so I've been testing the HTC One S, and I can't get over the idiocy that is the new Android 4 menu button. See the red arrow? Of course you do.
Those 3 dots are the onscreen menu button. That entire black strip is wasted screen estate. And it's not just in Opera Mini, nope - most apps have that useless strip of blackness.

Was there really no better way? Especially if you consider that most but not all apps have the menu in that place, so it's not like it really aids to provide a more consistent user experience when some apps just handle it differently.

I know this has been mentioned before by some Galaxy Nexus reviewers, but still...

Is it annoying or am I just bored out of my Easter head?

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matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 8, 2012 at 23:16

Yes, it's annoying. Google should never have killed off the menu button to start with. I think it's the key I press most (apart from the home button).

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 8, 2012 at 23:27

Yes,
Even apps that have a "fullscreen" option and let you hide the statusbar have that black no-mans land at the bottom. It'll look really daft on the Sony Xperia S. First the useless bottom, than the useless lightstrip, then the useless virtuall button, and then a black strip for 3 tiny dots... That'll be 3/4 of an inch of uselessness...

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 8, 2012 at 23:39

Doesn't the Xperia S have a hardware menu buttons, like the SGS2? As it launched with (and still has) GB, not ICS.

It is a stupid idea, though. All because newbs were apparently confused by the menu in apps (or something along those lines, I've read), so Google killed off the feature all together by removing the hardware menu button from ICS. I suppose this is one advantage of Galaxy Nexus style onscreen buttons.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 8, 2012 at 23:44

Doesn't the Xperia S have a hardware menu buttons, like the SGS2? As it launched with (and still has) GB, not ICS.

It is a stupid idea, though. All because newbs were apparently confused by the menu in apps (or something along those lines, I've read), so Google killed off the feature all together by removing the hardware menu button from ICS. I suppose this is one advantage of Galaxy Nexus style onscreen buttons.
No, it doesn't... only that unresponsive touch button...

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 8, 2012 at 23:46

By hardware I meant not onscreen, as in it has normal capacitive buttons?

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 9, 2012 at 00:11

By hardware I meant not onscreen, as in it has normal capacitive buttons?
oh, okay, yes. Although "capacitive" is relative in this case.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 9, 2012 at 00:15

By hardware I meant not onscreen, as in it has normal capacitive buttons?
oh, okay, yes. Although "capacitive" is relative in this case.

Oh, I'm not doubting they're sh*t, Sony can't make buttons to save their life (Arc, Arc S, Xperia S..). Despite being awful, they are real buttons that aren't just an image on the screen.

I just have to say, the Xperia S is such a pointless phone. It's a year behind the times (classic Sony) and still isn't as good as the Sensation XE or the SGS2...what do Sony's R&D dept. play around at?

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