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

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



44. baldilocks

Posts: 1555; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Home buttons are the way to go.

43. Crave

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

WTH are you going on about? Why would they put capacitative buttons on the GSIII instead of the physical home/on/off button? One has nothing to do with the other. As someone else mentioned above, the physical button could be there to replace the side/top screen off button found on most android phones. And the on screen buttons do not waste screen space. They actually give more screen space, as they disappear when you're watching a video (I think?) Also, when using the camera app the button could be tweaked to double as a shutter button, if they deprive us of one.

39. freakatronic

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

Oh no no!! I wanted it to be completely buttonless! I hate the excessive bezel at the top and bottom of some phones *cough iPh...* I really hope buttonless is the technology we're heading to. Try drawing a phone with a very small bezel up and down and you'll see it looks great and futuristic. And unlocking a phone with no hardware keys on the front shouldn't be such a hassle, people. Look at the Nokia N9 with its double-tap solution. Works beautifully! Now, ok, if Sammy wanted physical buttons, at least they should've added the three basic ones à la One series. But with this "genius" decision, now there's gonna be wasted space both on the bezel and on the screen due to the onscreen keys. Kinda redundant to me. Still want one, though.

41. kylehudsons

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

then we better hope that S3 can be unlock by double tapping on the standby screen since i really hate to reach for the sides to press the lock button then slide the unlock.... its more efficient to press a button in front then unlock...

38. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

I prefer buttonless. If it HAS to have buttons PLEASE go with one physical home button and not capacitive buttons. One physical button comes off as too Apple-ish in my opinion, opening up the possibility for more legal headaches. Lord knows Apple invented buttons

37. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

hope the physical home button is true...have never like capacitive or touch only buttons...

35. Walter.D.DROID

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Samsung don't do it :@ i was afraid that SGS3 would come with home button, damn.. i guess if it turns out to be true, specs must win for this "mistake" and hopefully, a beatiful design.

31. ohiojosh78

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

So lets take a step BACKWARD with our new flagship device and put a physical button back on the front, also adding to the total size of the device. Thanks Sammy, I was actually going to buy 2 x SGSIII for us but you've made my decision easy now. I'll pass.


Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I like the single.

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

why is everyone so up in arms about this? the american versions have never had a big home button. IF this is true, then it will be an international version. At worst, the american version will have the 4 button bottom deck we are used to, if buttons at all. im still torn on the whole button/buttonless issue.... hmm...

29. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Since ICS is buttonless, and my RAZR is essentially buttonless (the home, menu, etc. 'buttons' are the capacitive kind), the whole question about buttons vs. buttonless seems to be headed toward buttonless if you want Android. I suspect for the GSIII, the issue will turn on what O/S it ships with. Gingerbread will have some sort of button setup. ICS will have no buttons.

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

capacitive is not buttonless... buttonless is buttonless. means screen only and no capacitive buttons... like the gnexus.

40. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Capacitive would seem to avoid litigation exposure. If the GSIII ships with ICS, there would seem to be no need for buttons. Gingerbread, OTOH, would require buttons of some sort.

26. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

36. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

samsung have already said the next flagship will come with ics so wrong again

25. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

24. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

IPhone Apple vs iPhone Samsung

23. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 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?

21. kylehudsons

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

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

20. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 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.

19. PostalJim

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

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

22. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

LOL, true.

17. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

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

18. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 628; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Home button on ics? Ewwwwww

11. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

12. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Samsung is maybe the only company who deserves that :)

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

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.

8. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 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...

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