Samsung made the right call: we don't need no hardware buttons

Samsung made the right call: we don't need no hardware buttons
Lately, hardware buttons on smartphones have slowly been going extinct. Google pushed hard for that and has always developed its Nexus phones (now Pixels) to have a software navbar with no hardware control shenanigans.

Samsung, on the other hand, pushed hard to keep its hardware controls for years. The classic Sammy smartphone had a hardware home button in the center of its chin, with a couple of capacitive touch buttons for Recent Apps and Back neighboring it.

However, since the Galaxy S8 came out and proclaimed war on all bezels, it also turned a cold shoulder on the physical home button and capacitive touch keys. Now, Sammy — like everyone else — has a virtual navbar.

We wondered — do you miss the always-present hardware buttons, or do you like this complete switch to digital? So, we ran a poll... Here are the results:

Do you miss the hardware buttons on Samsung smartphones?

Nope. Software all the way!
65.19%
Oh yes... yes, I do.
34.81%

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29 Comments

1. RevolutionA

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Now they'll go for Apple made gestures

2. ad33lmalyk

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 29, 2017

Nope, NEVER!!!

3. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Apple made gestures? You mean the 8 years old WebOS gestures?

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31607; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That’s exactly what he means lol. Apple copy’s so much, even Jobs had to admit it. “Good artists copy, great artists steal”. The iFlock just won’t admit it.

23. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Steve jobs admitted that they Copy shamelessly. That's ok when Apple does. But when other companies who have not even copied anything from Apple, Apple files lawsuits etc. Such Hippocrates

4. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1586; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

You mean like the ones available on Android launchers for years? Or like the ones BlackBerry had in 2013? Or WebOS prior to that? What is an Apple made gesture?

10. luis.aag90

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Or Meego in 2011?

24. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Yup. Welcome to 2011 , when gesture were already available on Android.

28. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Yet only 1% of those android users own smartphones with gestures. With a lack of updates from the parent software and from the manufacturer. It faded from the memory.

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

It's a shame they haven't perfected Smartlook, Smartstay, etc.. those features were definitely ahead of their time

6. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

I won't mind hardware buttons as soon as they remove the bezel on the bottom. I'm guessing the 2019 Galaxy lineup will accomplish this.

7. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

But we get bixby button... Note 8 user here I wish for this to disappear

11. luis.aag90

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I wish it was customizable

25. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Download an app from play store to remap... Search on Google

8. Panzer

Posts: 283; Member since: May 13, 2016

If you want to try gestures download Good Lock 2018 and One Hand Operation + from the Galaxy App store. You can customize it anyway you want and choose between long and short swipes. Highly level of customization so you can decide what you want and not have someone tell you how to use your device.

9. stulla

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I NEED standard FM radio on my device

29. gws898

Posts: 24; Member since: May 31, 2013

Get the snapdragon version.

12. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I'm coming from Nokia N9 meego days. I say get rid of buttons altogether and fully embrace gestures. It's the future.

13. drunkenjay

Posts: 1702; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

the buttons dun feel so good.

16. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

With all six stones I could simply snap my fingers and half the buttons will cease to exist. I call that mercy.

15. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Man, you guys can't decide whether to kiss Samsung's ass or Apple's ass, huh? LG has been doing this for years.

18. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And that's why there is a poll on this matter. LG fans are used to on screen buttons for 5+ years now, where as Samsung has only ditched the home button a year and a half ago. This was the result of a poll that was asking Samsung phone owners what they prefer, so I fail to see where they were kissing Samsung's butt.

26. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

This article is about Samsung

17. Jrod99

Posts: 778; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

You lost one but added a Bixby button. Just removed that now and your on track.

19. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

I was hated the hw button since I first had a phone without it. Actually I was so much against it when I bought again a galaxy phone that I downloaded an app called "easy home" made the home button works when u just touched it withoud that bloody hated press and click. Unfortunately the app was not 100 percent reliable on my s7 edge but still it was way better operation with that.

20. JMartin22

Posts: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

They really should just adopt gestures and do away with software capacitive buttons that that cause burn in. One of my good friends keeps his display brightness above 65% and after a year of owning the device, has burn indentations on the bottom of the display.

22. JMartin22

Posts: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

They really should just adopt gestures and do away with software capacitive buttons that that cause burn in. One of my good friends keeps his display brightness above 65% and after a year of owning the device, has burn indentations on the bottom of the display.

27. zeus4466

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

What's funny is that whenever HTC starts something everyone critize it, but if you look to the innovation after few years, you see that everyone is following and it becomes a trend and people loves it; HTC made on screen buttons, reviewers didn't like it;HTC made a fingerprint sensor without a button, reviewers hated it; dual camera and bokeh, a gimmick; now no side buttons.... Only time will tell. But what is sure, reviewers killed an innovative brand.

30. skyvory

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 30, 2018

Samsung: Yeah, you don't need the hardware buttons, so here a bixby button.

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