Windows Phone Blue to support virtual navigation buttons according to leak

Windows Phone Blue to support virtual navigation buttons according to leak
A tweet from serial leaker evleaks reveals that Windows Phone Blue will support virtual buttons for navigation at the bottom of the phone. The leak shows a virtual back, home and search key. It isn't clear if all Windows Phone Blue models are going to have virtual buttons, or if this is being done so that Android handset manufacturers will have an easier time using their Android handsets and re-positioning them for Windows Phone.

Now that the GDR3 update allows Windows Phone manufacturers to build phones with the same exact specs as any high-end Android model, it is possible to conceive of an OEM using the exact same handset (with some minor tweaks) to offer both an Android and Windows Phone top-shelf model with the same specs.

Virtual buttons have been leaked for a Windows Phone model before. Before the launch of the Nokia Lumia 800, the very first Windows Phone device was code named the Nokia Sea Ray, and had virtual buttons before a design change replaced them with physical buttons.


source: @evleaks via WMPoweruser

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33 Comments

33. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

if Microsoft created this new Windows smart phone feature folks it will be used. My suggestion is that it should be a show hide action like the battery strength indicator already works on the Windows 8 smart phone. in this case a person should touch the lower right hand cornet of the windows 8 or 8.1 smart phone and the 3 onscreen buttons would appear like the 5 charms appear on a Windows 8 or 8.1 desktop/Laptop computer when you put your mouse pointer to the monitor screen's lower right end corner. it has to be out of the way foe viewing videos anyhow this is the best way to do it that Microsoft programmers already know how to implement

32. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

With both Android and WP supporting these virtual keys, time for some dual boot devices.

31. makio9

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I like it better from design and screen aesthetics. It makes the screen look bigger also. It's also a nice modern look to have the glass covering all of it. What took them so long?

27. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Nonsense. Release GDR3 update world wide first. Let's receive that b4 talking about Window Phone blue that will be released to existing Lumias in 2015. MS is too slow with their updates

26. 0scar1Ox

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

looks ugly.

22. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Like this decision. Like that MS is serious about making things easier and more profitable for OEMs. Can only help. I agree with other posters.... that don't look right in that screen shot. Hope that was just a "rough draft" and the end product will be more refined.

18. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Its waste for screen space. capacitive buttons are good on bezels.

14. sianto

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Haha, you know why the lumia 800 had them? Because it was based on the n9. The picture was a prototype of the software on an n9. You can check that because you see the front facing camera. (not present on the 800) #stillhavemyN9

17. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

you are right that's N9

19. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

just saying.. that could also be the screen guard air bubble .. as you can see the air bubbles all over the screen.. it could be n9 also i don't know i

34. sianto

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Pretty sure it is the N9. It has a FWVGA display which means a 16:9 aspect ratio in the place of a WVGA display 16:10 display. Remember WP didn't support onscreen buttons then.

10. YourNightmare

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

I guess once Nokia under Microsoft they will launch more devices and not only Lumia series, on screen buttons look good but the bezels kinda suck some times.. Just makes the phone larger and heavier.. I'm gonna upgrade from my L920 to L1850 that got no bezels

16. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

buy just a display panel and call it Lumia. that would be without bezels and very thin

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Looks ugly, the current one looks much better. A Lumia must be a Lumia, you can't change the Lumia feel on a Lumia. Be original, this is Lumia. P.s. Don't call me a Nokia fanboy, because I'm not.

11. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Yeah, this looks like Nexus copying. And as a Nexus 7 owner, I don't actually like virtual buttons.

15. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

those were Nokia Lumia these are Microsoft Lumia

25. Dastrix unregistered

Totally agree. Looks ugly and out of place. I certainly would NOT want that on my Lumia 920 lol. It's still minimalistic like the Modern UI, but I hope that they do come up with a more inspired design. It just seems odd to me.

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You guys do realize the buttons we have are already 'screen' buttons without the ability to go away. All 4 of my lumias have waisted screen space because of this. Hardkey resets etc are not handled by the 'home/search/back' button.

6. papss unregistered

So it will be like the n5 and LG G2? I think on smaller screens its tough to do since there is less screen but i say why not try it. I preferred no on screen buttons when i use my lumia full time, when i use my g2 full time i prefer them on a phone... moral of the story is that i get used to whatever im using after a while.

8. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

I hope this means bigger screens.

5. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

The current buttons are more beautiful, specially on those beautiful black bezels of Lumias.

4. abhi12345

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

There is a reason nexus devices are cheap. On screen is the cheapest way to make phones.Iphone home button costs a lot.

24. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Talk about finger print scanner. Now thats a lot. :)

3. uchihakurtz

Posts: 429; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

If it was black instead of that button-like look on picture 2, this would look cool.

7. papss unregistered

If its like the g2 you can change the color

2. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

With all this new news lately it seems as if Nokia soon to be ms are putting them selves into position to be number one or two in the mobile arena within 3 years

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

IDK about number 1 or 2.... Lotsa die-hard Apple fans would have to switch. The Android user base is just too large. But improving their market share through picking off a combination of Android, iOS and BlackBerry users? Quite possible. A large (10+%) third place is not bad.

13. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

but then how many people will buy Microsoft Lumia rather than Nokia Lumia ? that remains to be tested.. if iOS users can't leave ios for android , then it will be really difficult to get them to wp and don't forget we have tizen OS coming too which is backed by samsung,intel,nokia,ebay,adobe and other more than 36 companies .. till now it was easy to grab wp share because of nokia's brand recognition and the fact that android was a disaster at low end with lag and crippled hardware(wp majority share is in low end because of lumia 520,620) .. and wp was buttery smooth at low end but now after kit kat being optimized for 512 mb devices and updagrade in hardware it's going to be very difficult to even retain old wp customers than acquiring new ones

23. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I ain't too worried about all these other new OS's. So far, none are making any splash except on mobile forums.

30. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

sure there are many new Os coming out but it's hard to ignore when these many companies get together ,.. it's a corporate mass movement against google..that's why google itself has started focusing on Motorola..

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