Samsung Galaxy S III to arrive with a home button, after all the internal debates, and a five-row UI
posted by Daniel P. / Apr 10, 2012, 2:20 AM
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.
I really hope there won't be a physical button, at least not on the U.S. variants.
posted on Apr 10, 2012, 2:23 AM 9
Posts: 60; Member since: Nov 21, 2011
The US version could be like how the Galaxy S2 is. where they have just the four.....crap i'm drawing a blank on what they are called......... Whatever i'm sure you know what i'm talking about
posted on Apr 10, 2012, 6:45 AM 5
Posts: 60; Member since: Nov 21, 2011
Yeah it would probably be the three like you said. I was just saying that it would probably be similar to those style of buttons. Mostly because look at the US version of the S1 and S2 then compare it to the Other Variants
posted on Apr 10, 2012, 2:12 PM 0
Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010
Set a North American Galaxy S family phone down on a table or desk. Now, try to quickly* or easily unlock it without picking it up, using more than one finger, or without picking it up. My sister can unlock her iPhone 4S at work while it's lying on her desk at work simply by pressing down on the home button with one finger. I can tap the home button and swipe to unlock my Android HP Touchpad without picking it up and with only my index finger. A single unlock button on the side or top, with no alternative button, forces you to use other fingers to grip a phone side to compensate for pressure on the opposing side (to keep it from sliding). I need a second hand to tap the power button on my mom's Galaxy Tab unless it has its gel case on (which creates resistance) when it's lying on the granite counter or glass table--without sliding it all around which scratches the back of it. Also, Samsung's right side only unlock/power button is much easier to use for a right-handed person than it is for a left handed person. A centrally located screen activator (home button) is equidistant from either hand. The hardware home button is not a technological blunder or ancient technology until we find a true, convenient replacement for it. Possible solutions might be smart forward facing cameras/proximity censor gestures/sonic sensors (Nokia was experimenting with those)/capacitive surface recognition/etc.
posted on Apr 10, 2012, 1:38 PM 1
Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011
I love the home button idea
posted on Apr 10, 2012, 2:31 AM 20
Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011
better to make the phone smaller or display larger....wasting of space and the rotten apple can not sue it so easy
posted on Apr 10, 2012, 2:33 AM 2
Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011
yeah, apple might go suing for it again, and if this becomes the phone that destroys the iphone's sales, they will try to ban it and they won't stop. design wise - buttons are good, but i think they are not really needed. buttonless! plus, if it goes buttonless, people would all be like: OMG IT HAS NO BUTTONS, and if apple decides to go buttonless, people would be like: APPLE COPIED SAMSUNG. lol. :)
posted on Apr 10, 2012, 5:33 AM 5
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...
posted on Apr 10, 2012, 3:31 AM 3
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.
posted on Apr 10, 2012, 3:49 AM 2
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.
posted on Apr 10, 2012, 3:52 AM 2
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...
posted on Apr 10, 2012, 4:03 AM 1
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
posted on Apr 10, 2012, 6:52 AM 0
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.
posted on Apr 10, 2012, 9:58 AM 0
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?
posted on Apr 10, 2012, 10:29 AM 0
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?
posted on Apr 10, 2012, 11:31 AM 0
Send a warning to post author
Send a warning to Selected user.
The user has 0 warnings currently.
Next warning will result in ban!
Ban user and delete all posts
Message to PhoneArena moderator (optional):