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HTC working on a buttonless phone?

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HTC working on a buttonless phone?
The mysterious buttonless handset by HTC

The mysterious buttonless handset by HTC

The latest update of HTC Sync might not have brought anything ground-breaking, but one of the users over at Phandroid noticed a buttonless Verizon-branded device along with the already announced HTC ThunderBolt and HTC Merge. While this could well be just a placeholder image, the possibility of a buttonless device running a future version of Android remains open.

Judging from the ear speaker, the HTC Desire HD could be somehow connected with the mysterious phone. We aren't sure yet what type of motions should be used for a completely buttonless interface to work, but a set number of physical buttons will no longer be required with the launch of Honeycomb. There is one problem with this theory - the latest version of Android seems to be targetting tablets mostly. With the recent rumor of upcoming buttonless Apple devices, however, anything seems possible. What is your opinion on this?

source: Phandroid

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posted on 17 Jan 2011, 10:55

1. Allday28 (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)

I don't think its a real good idea to get rid of the buttons. This is one of the reasons that I use android. I love having the menu and home button. Dont think this will work out so good for either iphone or android..

posted on 17 Jan 2011, 12:16 1

2. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

maybe the reason we don't see any capacitive buttons here is because you can make them change somehow, like adding playback controls when it's in the music player or something. this would open up some interesting possibilities for developers.

posted on 17 Jan 2011, 13:03 2

3. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

If the digitizer freezes, you are somewhat rendered useless. Especially with Apple and their no access battery design. At least with HTC, the battery is accessible and gives some comfort in knowing I can abort the system. Buttonless is cool but also a risk in not being able to back out of the rendered screen if it freezes.

I like buttons. It gives a sense of control.

John B.

posted on 17 Jan 2011, 15:40

4. ddn4tcom (unregistered)

I still see that it has a power button, so i think of all the good things. If both the Apple devices and this HTC Phone keep their power button, i think i will be fine with it and actually excited to see how they develop these devices.

posted on 17 Jan 2011, 18:18 2

5. Itzatlas (Posts: 37; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

This is good and bad because first the screen size will possibly be bigger and go from top to bottom. it will also make it look nicer. The bad news is your screen could freeze and there would be only one way to get out of it: removw the battery. HTC needs to ad a home button on the top or something like with the power button.

posted on 17 Jan 2011, 20:33

6. therygy (Posts: 94; Member since: 24 May 2010)

what would you do with the extra space on the bottom? they are probably just capacitive buttons but you can see them because the backlight it off, just like on the nexus s.

posted on 17 Jan 2011, 21:12

7. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

or maybe they haven't decided if it will be windows phone 7 or android. o:

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