- Ian S
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So this is how they're going to get rid of the home button. In order to go "home", you'll squeeze both sides of the device using force touch, and to enter "multitasking" you'll double squeeze. The curved edges will round the corners, more than they do on the Galaxy S 7, so it can register your force touch every time. I'd imagine that, depending on the app, the curved sides would also display relevant controls. In camera, for instance, there would probably be a dedicated "button" to force touch to take a picture, or a slide to zoom in and out with. Perhaps even the volume controls, power button, and ringer switch will all become digital as well. Simulating that in my hand, I actually really like it. With haptic feedback, this would make the phone feel very organic and alive. Over time, I could see this actually becoming more natural than using the home button. The only thing that sticks out is how to activate Siri, but since she's voice controlled anyways it may make sense to only activate her through "Hey, Siri", rather than long pressing on the sides (which will be hard to distinguish from pressing to go home).
"Another example of removing friction will be the dedicated Bixby button that will be located on the side of our next device. Confusion around activating a voice interface is a barrier we have removed to make it feel easier and more comfortable to give commands. For example, instead of taking multiple steps to make a call – turning on and unlocking the phone, looking for the phone application, clicking on the contact bar to search for the person that you’re trying to call and pressing the phone icon to start dialing – you will be able to do all these steps with one push of the Bixby button and a simple command."
Wow!!! Unheard of!!! I wish I could do this by holding down my home button!!!