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Windows Phone users protest possible loss of back button

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Windows Phone users protest possible loss of back button
A recent rumor that Windows Phone will lose its back button with the next iteration of the OS has started a firestorm among current Windows Phone users. The reason for the removal of the button has to do with the confusion some users of the platform have been experiencing with the button. But most believe that the real reason for removing it is to make the OS more usable with tablets.

On the Windows Phone users voice site, a post was put up asking Microsoft to keep the back button on the OS. The post was put up by Dev Jaykrishnan, who suggested that Microsoft make it an option to disable the back button feature, which certainly sounds reasonable. So far, 318 votes to keep the button were made in response to the original post.

"I get that some people don't get how to use the Back Button. Don't disable it though. It'll look awkward for those of us who have older models to have a non functioning button. Make it an option to disable it in the settings ! Please don't make it a mandatory feature!"-Dev Jaykrishnan, post on Windows Phone users voice site

More interesting are some of the actual comments. Some complain that using the back button accidentally takes them out of an app and to the home screen instead of going back one page. If the back button is removed, the gang in Redmond will need to add a back button on the screen or rely on developers to update their apps.

If you're a Windows Phone user, how would the loss of the back button affect you?

source: WindowsPhone via WMPoweruser

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posted on 13 Oct 2013, 15:20 9

1. papss (unregistered)


Hmm this is the first I'm hearing of them removing the back button. I'm pretty fond of it myself. I think it would be a mistake.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 03:52 1

33. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


It would just completely change both the OS and app ecosystem. It's dumb to take it away, after so long.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 15:26 8

2. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


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The back button will not go, just like the Nokia shareholders will vote NO on19th November 2013 for Microsoft to buy the Nokia mobile division.

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posted on 13 Oct 2013, 15:32 5

3. HASHTAG (unregistered)


You really think they're gonna vote no?

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 16:30 2

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


when the company announces a purchase of this kind its because the most influential shareholders already approve... haven't seen a single time a purchase have been haled by shareholders

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 11:37

36. AeroPrime (Posts: 175; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


There's always a first time!

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 15:35 3

4. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I mentioned in the first airing of this rumor previously that the button should stay. It makes sense, especially when used more in practice, and is a familiar element to folks switching from Android to Windows Phone. Furthermore, it keeps the UI/UX more intuitive, as it allows some multifunctional abilities to the Start button and its own, keeping them separate and less cluttered and confusing.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 21:09 2

25. lalalaman (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


I think they want to do it like iphone....bt ur point about ppl shifting from android is so correct....ppl are familiar with it frm android..

My point tht if they do it like iphone, we will have to close apps in multi tasking window like iphone.....imo one of the best feature in closing apps is pushing back button 5 times and all apps are closed:) (I find it very easy) IMO BACK BUTTON SHOULD NOT GO

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 22:31

26. KIANO (Posts: 82; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)


Microsoft is very fond of swiping back and forth. So it seems that back button makes not sense for them. But it is certainly preferable to keep it as an option for those who still need/use it.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 15:39 1

5. londoner (Posts: 34; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


I got the feeling that ms, is messing around...
I really wish to the Nokia holders will vote no and force the company to jump into android. Even that idont like android.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 15:51 2

8. Tommy1960i (Posts: 119; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


I think it is the only way for Nokia to succed (Android).

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 15:44 5

6. Ty_inCA (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)


I registered JUST so I could complain about this. Out of the three buttons, I use the back button the most by far. Don't lose it!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 01:08 1

32. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 167; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


They should remove the search button instead.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 15:48 1

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


"If the back button is removed, the gang in Redmond will need to add a back button on the screen or rely on developers to update their apps."

So, what's the point?
Remove the capacitive button and put the button on the screen and take more real estate space?

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 16:21 1

12. papss (unregistered)


It would be like a nexus device if they took it away and put it on the screen which I really hate.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 16:32

14. noler (Posts: 323; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


"The reason for the removal of the button has to do with the confusion some users of the platform have been experiencing with the button."
How is it going to solve the problem if they put it on the screen ?

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 16:34 1

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


actually no, Google removed the physical buttons but added software buttons that would compensate so no app needs to be rewrote. in the wp case it could mean that developers will need to add an option to go back to their apps a la apple (places top left, top right, bottom left or bottom right) witch can be annoying

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 16:38

16. noler (Posts: 323; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


On Android, when the application is running the software buttons disappear?

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 16:41 1

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


depends on the application, the gallery video apps can request for the buttons do become hidden and they will be revealed when the user taps (or double taps) the screen. but browse and other apps won't do that

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 16:42

18. noler (Posts: 323; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


I'm talking about third-party applications?
So what happens to application that was written to 720p screen but getting less screen?

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 16:51

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


well we have third party gallery and video apps and they work fine, android has something called density pixels witch is a fancy word for "auto scaling" when a developer makes an application they make it so the android system can fit it on nearly any resolution, any Dev that created an application using the basic guides will have little to no issues with how apps scale to all the resolutions, and most guidelines already take to account the on screen buttons because the nexus is mostly made for devs

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 17:46

22. noler (Posts: 323; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Ok, thanks.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 15:57

9. QuadFace (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


They took away the field test after Amber update, I used it to select 3G only, now back button, I am going to sell my Lumia now.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 16:05

10. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


This falls under the category of "S*it Developers Think of That They Should Be Slapped For".

My daily driver now is a Lumia, M$. Don't make me go back to a GS3. I'm already upset about the Nokia buyout, so quit putting straws on the camel. Thanks.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 16:14

11. Qwerty-keyboard (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Sep 2013)


microsoft thinking is that they can apply gestures like apple iphone for getting back,,,lol

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 16:48

19. Beijendorf (Posts: 349; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Could someone please explain why Microsoft seem driven to remove as much functionality as possible just in order to dumb their devices down for the lowest denominator (read: most retarded users).

Don't be Apple, Microsoft. Be Microsoft minus the 'being evil' part.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 19:39 1

24. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4463; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


That seems to be happening everywhere. To quote from That 70s Show, "all sharp corners will have padding on them, libraries will fall into disrepair." But seriously I agree, MS seems hellbent on removing things that have been around forever, are intuitive, and that the public wants, for example, the Start button. To me that's like putting a car ignition under the hood.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 17:07

21. DevJkrishnan (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)


Thank you PhoneArena for putting up this article!

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 19:07

23. nvrhde (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


Why bother,
(Next time) just get Android or iPhone .

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 22:40

28. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


That's not a option for those who like WP❕... If you liked your platform a lot, and they were rumored to remove a feature that you used a lot, wouldn't you speak up❔ You obviously don't know what WP has to offer because you've never owned a WP8 device... That's why you don't understand the value of the platform.. Quit being so closed minded, and naive...

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