Google Wants Android Devs to Forget About 'Menu' Key
Google today explained in a blog post that it wants developers to stop creating applications that support the dedicated Menu button. Moving forward, Google wants all apps to use the ActionBar that's part of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Google explained, "Not only should your apps stop relying on the hardware Menu button, but you should stop thinking about your activities using a 'Menu button' at all. Your activities should provide buttons for important user actions directly in the Action Bar (or elsewhere on screen). Those that can’t fit in the action bar end up in the action overflow." Google hopes that this move will create a more uniform look and feel to the behavior of Android devices and the applications that run on them. Android devices originally shipped with four buttons, including a dedicated Menu key. The Galaxy Nexus, the first Android 4.0 device, does not have a Menu key and reflects the experience that Google is seeking.
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Wasn't the whole point..
Google could stand to control it a little, liek they seem to be doing lately
Apple takes controlling the user experience to a whole other extreme... this comes with some b...
This drives me nuts.
Sad to hear this new direction...
Touch screen only?
The volume buttons seem safe.
I do wish the camera button woud stage a comeback. That's an important one. I like that Microsoft makes that mandatory on Windows Pho...
How about the "Back" key while they're at it?
Touch is NOT necessarily Better