I don’t know if you’ve looked at any of the HTC One Series phones but if you have you may have noticed something peculiar. You can even see it in the promo videos we told you about the other day. You may not think that it’s peculiar given that this item has long been with most Android Devices before Android 3.0. I’m talking about the capacitive buttons of course.
While the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich made them a thing of the past it seems as if every phone coming out of MWC this year has them in one form or another but I digress. The peculiar item I am writing about is the three capacitive buttons on the One Series phones without their missing menu button. While yes Google did say it was going away from the menu button entirely, this begged the question, how does one access an application’s in-app menu?
Well the folks over at MoDaCo were able to find out for everyone and the results are rather, well, peculiar once again. A virtual button, much like those found on the Nexus appears on screen right above capacitive buttons (see above). I’m going to just ask what we’re all wanting to; Why not just forgo the capacitive buttons all together in favor for I don’t know, the virtual ones if you already have a virtual button anyway? It’s a question I’d love to know the answer to. Heck I’d even take the four capacitive buttons or at least an option to make the back or recent apps button, when long-pressed, show the menu. The whole idea of having an added virtual button seems like a waste of screen real estate.
Honestly, I’d say that Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich have put to rest the need for capacitive buttons all together here on out and while Sense 4.0 may be becoming streamlined they made a boo boo with this button style. What do you guys think? Hit us up in the comments section below or join us in the forums to discuss it.
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