HTC working on a buttonless phone?

HTC working on a buttonless phone?
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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7 Comments

1. Allday28

Posts: 340; Member since: Nov 19, 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..

2. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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.

3. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

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.

5. Itzatlas

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 05, 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.

6. therygy

Posts: 94; Member since: May 24, 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.

7. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

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

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