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January 25, 2014

Samsung green light for buttonless phone patent

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We knew at some point one of the mobile manufacturers would apply for a buttonless phone patent.
It appears that Samsung has managed to do just that, according to a filing at the USPTO office. The USPTO filing no. US D697,886 S show a device without a single hardware button. Now this could be a good or bad way forward depending on your point-of-view.
Less moving parts can reduce the production costs and buttons rattling like the problem with a batch of Nexus 5’s had. Meaning warranty returns would be reduced for sure. On the other hand they could increase if the sensors don’t work probably.
The Korean company imagines a device that will keep the same functionality as a “regular” phone with the physical buttons replaced with some sort of touch sensors.
Now the rumours will start as to which phone it will feature on. Could it be the Galaxy S5, no we don’t think so, given the upcoming release date is only weeks away. One other thought is the new F series which by all accounts will overtake the Galaxy S as the flagship series.

We’ll have to wait and see what they’re up to, time will tell..…

Source: PhoneArena

 

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini