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Google Wants Android Devs to Forget About 'Menu' Key

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Jan 27, 2012, 9:43 AM

Wasn't the whole point..

...of Android to allow developers and manufacturers the freedom to develop how they see fit?
Times do change... there is some value in controlling the user experience

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...
Captain Ahash

Jan 26, 2012, 5:43 PM

This drives me nuts.

All this does is waste screen real estate for something that is already handled quite well with the menu button.
Agreed. I love the context-sensitive Menu button. Love how it works across all apps and how it is universally functional.

Sad to hear this new direction...

Jan 26, 2012, 4:04 PM

Touch screen only?

I get the feeling that in the future, other than a power button, phones are going to be exclusively touch screen.
i like it! so we can use those buttons spaces for screen! that means bigger screen, same size phone.
That's clearly where Google wants things to go, as evidenced by the Galaxy Nexus.

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...
Nokia N9 with Meego is all touchscreen. Looks great.
IF that happens I'll switch back to landline....I detest touchscreens....I want physical buttons.

Jan 26, 2012, 7:19 PM

How about the "Back" key while they're at it?

This is by far the best example of Android's UI non-design. Although a back button isn't universally terrible (its best features are now negated by the quick-switcher in ICS and Honeycomb) , the inconsistent implementation (app state vs. system state) was always a running joke with iOS devs.

Jan 26, 2012, 4:40 PM

Touch is NOT necessarily Better

I don't know why google thinks that an All touch experience is better. I personally miss having dedicated Call/End Call buttons. Also, a dedicated camera button is functional. I have yet to see a high-end andoid with these 3 buttons. I've had the HTC chacha which was great with the buttons but had ridiculously low memory for application storage. I wish Sony would bring back the P800/P900 serious with Android and the flip keypad-- That would rule.
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