I wish most high-end Android phones would have this one iPhone feature

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It's now been 7 years and a half since the world's first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, launched and since then the Android platform has grown tremendously. It's now the world's most popular operating system by a long shot, holding a market share of more than 80%. Apple's iOS, the closest competitor, is below 20% and the rest are so marginal they should not even count in the large scheme of things.

Yet, there is one feature that I miss every time I pick up an Android phone: be it the latest and otherwise absolutely stunning Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, be it the new LG G5, or most any other high-end handset running on Google's platform.

In stark contrast, that one feature has been present on iPhones since day one: and, drumroll... it's the mute switch on the side of the phone.

Yes, it's such a simple touch, but one that I find sorely missing on Android phones. And judging by the constant buzz at the office here, I'm imagining for many other people as well.

Admittedly, some Android phone makers have included a mute switch, but none of the major companies have done so. The only good modern Android phone to have it is the OnePlus Two, a phone made in China and not sold on any of the major US carriers. 

Quite honestly, the lack of a mute switch is puzzling. It could be done so easily and Android phone makers are cramming in all sorts of features of dubious value, only to kill them a few generations later: the infra-red sensor is the latest technology that is now massively bypassed, but there have been other passing fads like the microHDMI port on earlier phones, the hideous USB 3.0 giant port, and now LG is even experimenting with a massive modular design.

Yet there still does not exist a good Android phone that you can easily buy in the United States that would provide the peace of mind (for you and others!) that comes with a mute switch. And whoever implements this little feature will have a big advantage in my book. What about you: would you like to have a mute switch on your Android phone?



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. This plus a few other features.

26. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

No one will be surprised at your lopsided warped worldview from the perspective of iphone. You need to be quiet most of the time in order to learn.

44. torr310

Posts: 1691; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

How slow/inconvenient is that to mute it from the pull down notification? That way I have 3 choices more than just mute: Mute, Vibrate, Sound. Why should a mute button be necessary?

116. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Thing is if an android manufacturer incorporated a switch like the iphone, then they'd be called out by the same blogger as being a copycat Damned if you do, Damned if you don't. This is why this blog site is nothing but iphanboi gutter trash

45. torr310

Posts: 1691; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I would rather have a camera button than the not so useful mute botton.

87. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It's useful on iphones 'cause they're too dumb to be automated, even my ancient SGH-E250 dumb phone could automate silencing.

141. Rocket

Posts: 697; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Yup i would love a phone with physical camera button!

156. clueless

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 30, 2016

Use Samsung's volume key to capture or go with Sony, some of their device has dedicated camera button

157. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

Lumia 950/XL, new LG G5 with camera module both have physical buttons.

52. Freelist86

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

maybe the design/idea is patent?

56. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

No. No one can patent a mute button. Because it's a generic thing.

142. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Eh? you looking down on Apple. They can patent rounded rectangular design, so why they can't patent a tiny lil button?

154. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

generic like, say, a square phone? Samsung quickly found out it is not "generic" design ;)

167. Freelist86

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

then whats there excuse

80. bambamboogy02

Posts: 841; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Maybe you don't know, but this "feature" was on the Palm Treo devices. So it's not an apple innovation. Apple even copied the orange so you know your switch is flipped.

86. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

And Iit isn't Palm Treo's patent nor invention neither. It's GENERIC!

168. NocturnalEvil

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Lol, Apple, Windows Phone, Android (since 4.0) and Blackberry (on Blackberry 10) copied the task switching and multitasking system from the Palm WebOS (Blackberry 10 task switching system is almost too similar to it).

96. applesnapple93

Posts: 329; Member since: Jan 06, 2016


123. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Thank you captain obvious

138. ozgur781sen

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

I know that One Plus 2 has the mute switch but their Oxygen OS is really bad.

152. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Why will I need a physical mute button when I have the wonderful Shush app that unmutes my phone after I specify how long I need the device to stay mute?

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Only OnePlus has that slide button feature thingy...

20. pifon

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

and its better than the iPhone's

50. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

I knew someone would say that

58. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

That's obvious, isn't it?

115. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Good answer Zee. Iphonearena love to make clickbait article to show how much they love Apple product and this frature wasn't important for everyone (i nearly forget this and never use this on my iPad).

3. 100rabh7791

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

So Phone arena started looking iass again

53. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is push the iPhone month at iPA. Now I am just waiting for the last few authors on PA to switch to the iPhone or tell me how great another "feature" is.

59. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

It happens at every other tech site. Not only here.

117. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Victor needs a mute switch.... :D

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