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Old 04-06-2013, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I am accustomed to using Android 4.0 on my HTC EVO V 4G phone, which is basically a re-badged EVO 3D. As the EVO 3D ran Android 2.3 when it came out, the capacitative hardware Menu button remains in the EVO V 4G. I have found the button to be extremely useful. But...

I get a cheap Android 4.2 tablet, and send it back to Amazon.com. One of my main reasons for sending it back was the lack of a Menu button. Then I discover that even current high-end Android devices no longer include a menu button. I do some research and discover that Google has eliminated it.

WHY?

Personally, I think they are following the lead of Apple in over-simplifying things to where all but the most inexperienced users have a harder time with devices after the simplifications are made. Stop it!
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:15 PM
 
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Google has moved all App settings to the action bar. The action bar, itself, encompasses the most frequently used features and settings while the action bar overflow contains the rest.

If the designer sticks to the Android design patterns, the menu will always be located at the top-right of the app. The action-button for the menu will be three vertical dots.

I'm not certain why they did this. Perhaps they observed that there were too many buttons on the phone for people to use effectively. Devices that do have the hardware menu button will be able to launch the action-overflow menu with it. Devices without the hardware menu button will have to tap the three vertical dots.

Last time I looked at the iOS's design pattern, they did not have unified navigation and action items like Android. For example, various iOS apps will have the "back" button on either the top left or top right of the app. Sometimes even on the bottom.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Curious which tablet that was?

I have the ASUS TF300T and was blown away by the last update. They allow you to use either the old style or new style launcher. Brilliant. <3 Asus.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:13 AM
 
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If the designer sticks to the Android design patterns, the menu will always be located at the top-right of the app. The action-button for the menu will be three vertical dots.
That's a big if. Even Google doesn't follow their own design guidelines. The menu is at the bottom right in Google Now, and isn't even visible unless you scroll to the bottom.
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