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Samsung Galaxy S III to arrive with a home button, after all the internal debates, and a five-row UI

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Samsung Galaxy S III to arrive with a home button, after all the internal debates, and a five-row UI
The Korean Digital Daily paper that often leaks insider info about its home turf electronics companies, today comes with something more about the internal struggles in Samsung regarding the Galaxy S III design.

The team wanted an entirely buttonless front, like on the Galaxy Nexus, and the whole design work revolved around it, almost until the final product was sent to the factories. A heated debate happened in the last minute, though, splitting the designers into two teams - one in favor of on-screen buttons only, something that can come standard with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and the other asking for at least a physical home button, so the Galaxy S design line heritage is not lost completely. 

In the end, a compromise seems to have been made, the bezel and button area beneath the screen shrunk, but the phone has been sent to the assembly lines with a rectangular home key instead of a completely buttonless design. Whether or not this is the case, we will see as early as next month, when the phone will be announced, says the source.

Another very interesting bit is Samsung's reported decision to grace the Galaxy S III with a 5-row UI layout, like on the Galaxy Note phablet, instead of the usual four-row TouchWiz we had so far on the first two Galaxy S phones. The screen size, which is reported to be anywhere between 4.6-4.8" would certainly warrant a good five-row experience, especially if the 720p Super AMOLED is with a normal RGB matrix for the first time, as rumored.

Last but not least, Samsung has allegedly been able to keep an Apple-style secrecy around the device, driving the whole tech blogosphere into a high-gear rumor mode, because it has supplied the carriers with a generic box that shows the screen and has openings to all the ports for access, but the true design remains hidden even from the testers, so nobody really knows how the thing will look like, a month and change before the supposed announcement.

source: DDaily via UnwiredView

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posted on 10 Apr 2012, 02:23 15

1. barondebxl (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


I'm not sure how I feel about the home button but regardless ,I will be getting the phone.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 02:23 9

2. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)


I really hope there won't be a physical button, at least not on the U.S. variants.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 06:45 5

15. mad5870 (Posts: 60; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


The US version could be like how the Galaxy S2 is. where they have just the four.....crap i'm drawing a blank on what they are called.........
Whatever i'm sure you know what i'm talking about

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 12:41 1

28. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Of won't have the 4 buttons, they would be the back home and recent apps buttons

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 14:12

34. mad5870 (Posts: 60; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Yeah it would probably be the three like you said. I was just saying that it would probably be similar to those style of buttons. Mostly because look at the US version of the S1 and S2 then compare it to the Other Variants

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 13:38 1

32. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Set a North American Galaxy S family phone down on a table or desk.
Now, try to quickly* or easily unlock it without picking it up, using more than one finger, or without picking it up.
My sister can unlock her iPhone 4S at work while it's lying on her desk at work simply by pressing down on the home button with one finger. I can tap the home button and swipe to unlock my Android HP Touchpad without picking it up and with only my index finger.
A single unlock button on the side or top, with no alternative button, forces you to use other fingers to grip a phone side to compensate for pressure on the opposing side (to keep it from sliding). I need a second hand to tap the power button on my mom's Galaxy Tab unless it has its gel case on (which creates resistance) when it's lying on the granite counter or glass table--without sliding it all around which scratches the back of it.
Also, Samsung's right side only unlock/power button is much easier to use for a right-handed person than it is for a left handed person. A centrally located screen activator (home button) is equidistant from either hand.
The hardware home button is not a technological blunder or ancient technology until we find a true, convenient replacement for it. Possible solutions might be smart forward facing cameras/proximity censor gestures/sonic sensors (Nokia was experimenting with those)/capacitive surface recognition/etc.

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 14:20

42. dsDoan (Posts: 230; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Me, too. No physical or capacitive buttons on my ICS devices, thanks.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 02:31 20

3. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I love the home button idea

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 02:33 2

5. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


better to make the phone smaller or display larger....wasting of space
and the rotten apple can not sue it so easy

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 05:33 5

13. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


yeah, apple might go suing for it again, and if this becomes the phone that destroys the iphone's sales, they will try to ban it and they won't stop.

design wise - buttons are good, but i think they are not really needed.

buttonless!

plus, if it goes buttonless, people would all be like: OMG IT HAS NO BUTTONS, and if apple decides to go buttonless, people would be like: APPLE COPIED SAMSUNG.

lol. :)

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 02:31 2

4. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


noooooo!

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 06:50

16. Morrr (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


jooooo! oslíííku :D

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 02:36 4

6. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


i hope its just rumor, home button means bigger bezel and loss of potential screen space .

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 03:11 4

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5712; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i'm with the buttonless design team. the u.S. Variants have never had the home button so there's nothing really iconic about it over here.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 03:31 3

8. plgladio (Posts: 314; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I too go for buttonless design, because my Samsung Galaxy Spica have 7 +4 way physical button, I'm too tired of this when I really need a new mobile I've to think about SIII, Samsung please release with buttonless...

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 03:49 2

9. GeekMovement (unregistered)


buttonless sounds good. i personally don't like the physical home button (i even prefer the standard 3/4 android touch keys instead), but the galaxy nexus looked really nice without anything so hoping that will be the case with galaxy S III.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 03:52 2

10. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Dumbass choice to include a home button on a phone with ICS, because it's ridiculously redundant. It's like rocket fins or "spare wheel humps" on cars. It could look right under the right conditions, but often just looks ridiculous.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 04:03 1

11. ScottSchneider (Posts: 335; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Whaoooo.... I couldn't sit on the Chair while Reading this above... The Whole World is Trembling with THe News of SGS3...

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 04:53 3

12. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Samsung is maybe the only company who deserves that :)

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 06:06 5

14. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Home button on ics? Ewwwwww

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 06:52

17. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


the only good thing with the s2 and the home button was the ability to get it to pulse for notifications

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:10 1

18. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 371; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I had no idea that button lit up lol that's cool I'm not a fan of the button+ICS idea but if I could get it to pulse too that would be great.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:27 5

19. PostalJim (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


If it was raining $50 bills, there'd be people complaining they weren't $100's.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:25 1

22. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


LOL, true.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:58

20. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)


I like the capacitive buttons on the US versions, but I have no problem with a physical home button.

It's more tactile.

I do NOT like the idea of losing screen space to the visible ICS on-screen buttons.

I want the full screen for landscape browsing.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:10 2

21. kylehudsons (Posts: 53; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


at least a home button would be nice for easy unlock...
I dun really like to press the side for unlocking a phone....

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:29

23. dcgore (Posts: 229; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


From the distribution perspective, i think they should've gone with the buttonless approach. This means that in the US the phone has to be conditioned to the 4 buttons at the bottom.

One, Samsung would've avoided the whole iPhone copycat thing and two, it would be much easier to have a worldwide launch. Why is there a need to complicate things?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:05

24. babyk (Posts: 316; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


IPhone Apple vs iPhone Samsung

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:31

25. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If the handset ships with a physical home button, Apple will sue. Better to avoid the whole litigation mess, and ship without a home button. As others ave posted, a home button is redundant with ICS. Unless the handset is not going to ship with ICS?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:41

26. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


knowing Samsung the Galaxy SIII will come with Gingerbread and possible ICS by the end on 2013

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