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

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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44 Comments

36. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

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

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.

30. TROLL.IS.AHA

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I like the single.

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.

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.

37. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

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

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

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...

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.

44. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Home buttons are the way to go.
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