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Old 04-23-2016, 01:10 PM
 
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Just bought a new phone and there are three builtin buttons: Back, Home and Recent (a square). Do you use Recent very often? I rarely do.

Do all current Android phones have the same three builtin buttons?

My previous phone was from 2012 and it had Back, Home, Menu and Search. Menu was good and I used it all the time - you could press Menu and then reach Settings, and you could use it while running apps. One place where it helped was with the camera. Now that there's no Menu button, if I'm using the camera, I have to swipe right to see the options. Maybe the Android designers wanted to be more like Apple, which only ever has one hard button.

Sometimes the Back button turns into a Down arrow when using the keyboard, so you can hide the keyboard.

I used to use the Search button often, but they thought it's so easy to go to Google and/or use the URL bar to type a search item, so they got rid of it, but I used it.

I could also press and hold the Back button to see the browser history, but not now.
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Old 04-23-2016, 01:31 PM
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Now that there's no Menu button,
For the last few versions of Android, the Menu button, if it is needed, is supposed to be built-in to an app as a "hamburger" button.



This button usually appears in one of the upper corners while the app is running.
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Old 04-23-2016, 04:08 PM
 
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For search you can just hold down the home button (the circle).
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Old 04-24-2016, 05:00 PM
 
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Actually, the menu button for a lot of apps is three dots, like in the stock browser.
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Old 04-24-2016, 06:47 PM
 
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I use the recent apps button all the time, to close up unneeded apps I have opened. It seems to sometimes help my low end phone.
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Old 04-25-2016, 08:37 AM
 
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Yes, they all have the same three. Some (like Samsung) use a hard button and Recent and Back are swapped, but it's the same 3.
I always use RECENT to switch between apps.
I don't need a camera button. I have a Motorola. I just twist the phone twice and the camera opens.
Going to settings? Drag 2 fingers from the top of the screen. Press the Gear icon on Moto phones and many others.
I don't think SWIPE RIGHT is a bad thing for camera options.

Don't like change, do ya' Robert.
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Old 04-25-2016, 01:43 PM
 
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I wasn't talking about starting the camera. I meant reaching the camera options while you're using the camera.

I would also suggest placing the (big) Settings icon along with the other app icons, by default.
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:39 AM
 
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I wasn't talking about starting the camera. I meant reaching the camera options while you're using the camera.
Yea, I know, I mentioned that. "I don't think SWIPE RIGHT is a bad thing for camera options."
Do you have the shake to wake the camera option on? That's cool, right?

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I would also suggest placing the (big) Settings icon along with the other app icons, by default.
It is the 'default' on most phones including yours. I was just mentioning a faster way.

Is there anything you like about your new phone???
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:34 AM
 
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I wasn't talking about starting the camera. I meant reaching the camera options while you're using the camera.
However the camera is turned on, either from locked screen or with some icon later, pic below is what I see.
Top left icon are the camera options on my phone.
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Old 04-26-2016, 02:20 PM
 
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When I'm pointing the camera at things, the only buttons are Switch Lens and video/photo, and the three builtin buttons. Quite different from yours.

I have to tap on the image to take the photo now. My previous phone was an HTC Inspire and you had to hit the round shutter button.

The big Settings icon was not on my home page by default. I went to Apps and dragged it to my home page.

(It's a Moto E.)
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