Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Dec 2011 20:11 UTC
Google Once upon a time, in a land, far, far away, there were two mobile operating systems. One of them was designed for mobile from the ground up; the other was trying really hard to copy its older, desktop brother. One was limited in functionality, inflexible and lacked multitasking, but was very efficient, fast, and easy to use. The other had everything and the kitchen sink, was very flexible and could multitask, but had a steep learning curve, was inconsistent, and not particularly pretty.
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Hardware buttons are NOT consistent
by phoenix on Mon 19th Dec 2011 21:46 UTC
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The hardware buttons on Android devices are not consistent. It depends on both the phone manufacturer AND the phone model on which hardware buttons are included (home, menu, back; some add a fourth button), and in which order.

My wife's LG Eve has "home, menu, back" while my SE Xperia Pro has "back, home, menu".

And, the latest Android phone (Samsung Galaxy Nexus) doesn't have any hardware buttons. In fact, Android 4.0 uses a row of software buttons instead of the hardware buttons, which means that more and more phones will be dropping the hardware buttons going forward. ;)

It would have been nice if Google had mandated the order, placement, and type of hardware buttons, though.

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