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

0. phoneArena posted on 10 Apr 2012, 02:20

A last minute design change kept a single rectangular home key on the Galaxy S III, and the handset is to have a five-row UI like on the Galaxy Note, the latest rumor from Korea reads...

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posted on 10 Apr 2012, 17:17 2

36. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:48

27. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 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...

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 13:03

29. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 13:51

33. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

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

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 00:45

40. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 13:04 1

30. TROLL.IS.AHA (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

I like the single.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 13:11

31. ohiojosh78 (Posts: 32; Member since: 17 Oct 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:06

35. Walter.D.DROID (Posts: 25; Member since: 01 Apr 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 17:18

37. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 19:46

38. _PHug_ (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Oct 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

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 21:03

39. freakatronic (Posts: 9; Member since: 20 Mar 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.

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 09:15

41. kylehudsons (Posts: 53; Member since: 04 Apr 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...

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 00:12

43. Crave (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Oct 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.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 00:40

44. baldilocks (Posts: 814; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

Home buttons are the way to go.

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