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are buttons a must??

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  1. inkandcolor

    inkandcolor New Member
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    I'm a interactive designer working on Android projects. One question I'm having in my mind is that, Are Buttons Really A Must?

    Because I see developers starting to design APPs with build-in menu button and back button on screen. They are trying avoid the hardware buttons on the cellphone and maybe eventually create new android that is more and more like iPhone--A phone with only one home button.

    So someone please tell me, are menu button and back button a must in Android design? Is there some kind of mandatory from Google that hardware buttons are key features of Android?

    Please let me know!!!
     

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  2. nycebo

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    Clearly the 'Search' button isn't going anywhere. ;-)
     
  3. IOWA

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    I liek my buttons. Like on my qwerty, the search button is very handy. And the back button is invaluable. And I like dedicated call/end buttons. One touch access to the most important part of my phone, the phone. So yes I say they are needed.
     
  4. AndroidSPCS

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    Agree, as another Moment user! :)
     
  5. inkandcolor

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    yes, I know that these buttons are handy. But some developers are designing APPs with buttons showing on touch screen, so that users can carry out everything on screen, just like iPhone. The line between iPhone and Android is getting blurry.

    So I want to know, if there is mandatory from Google, that hardware buttons must exist?
     
  6. AndroidSPCS

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    We're not Google so we can't tell you, but as users we're telling you they are a must.

    Sometimes, especially due to slower hardware, or apps that have bugs, it's invaluable to have the hardware buttons.
     
  7. bluenova

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    Ditto. Someone was complaining the other day about missing calls because of lag and not being able to swype the screen before the call went to voicemail. I thought well just use the call answer button but was amazed to find out it didn't have call answer/end buttons. I think it was the Moto Droid.
     
  8. takeshi

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    I think this is the wrong place to ask. You need to check with OHA or other developers.
     
  9. grainysand

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    Given that nearly all Android phones have at least the search and menu buttons, I imagine they're a must: the OS itself is built around those buttons.

    I don't enjoy hardware buttons myself, but what the hell, my phone's buttons are capacitive.
     
  10. Kore3000

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    Yes buttons r a must. I just wish tht the optimus s came with a call signature. I love swype I'm using it to type/swype this. Applying ringtones to txts canbe a hassle too. oh and I have big fingers so typing on the keyboard simply is a pain.so it should come with a stylus. If theres a way I can get a call signature on the optimus s let me know. Thanx
     
  11. lordofthereef

    lordofthereef Well-Known Member
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    I wouldn't think google mandates them. There are some phones that switch the buttons around, and I have even seen some models with only 3 buttons (either the menu or home was missing I believe). In any case, I sort of like them, but it wouldn't be the end of the world for me to not have them. I came from an iPhone so I am used to it.
     

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