These days, most Android handsets keep hardware keys to an absolute minimum. For some devices, we are talking about nothing more than a volume rocker and a power button. For others, you’ll also find a few keys or even a home button on the front of the phone.
The reduction of hardware keys on modern phones might lead you to believe that most Android users hate physical buttons, but is this really true? Not necessarily, at least judging by the runaway support that Pressy has seen on Kickstarter so far.
For the uninitiated, the Pressy is a unique add-on physical button that is easily installed by placing it into your headphone jack. The Pressy can then be programmed to do just about anything from starting your phone’s camera, to opening up a special setting, voice recording or launching just about any specific app.
With 25 days to go, Pressy has smashed through its original Kickstarter goal of $40k, and has now exceeded a half a million in funding, with over 22,000 backers. Now that the Pressy has made it past its $500k stretch goal, the Pressy’s creators have announced a brand new feature will be making its way to the add-on button from day one: Pressy-to-Talk.
As you may have guessed, the idea here is that the Pressy can now be used as a press-to-talk button. The functionality will apparently work through the aid of a currently undisclosed “huge player in the VoIP market”.
With nearly a month left until Pressy’s Kickstarter campaign ends, it looks likely that the project could end up reaching close to a million dollars in funding, or even more. If that does happen, it will be interesting to see if the folks behind Pressy have any other special features in store for us.
What do you think of Pressy, do you like the idea of a customizable hardware key or not?