Report: Samsung keeps the physical button on the Galaxy S3, to come in May

by: Bams SadewoApril 10, 2012

When it comes to the features the Samsung Galaxy S3 will or will not have, we are never short on rumors and speculations, most of them originating from the South Korean media, which regularly chimes in with reports from “anonymous” sources. The latest such report, coming from Korean Digital Daily, reveals some interesting information regarding how the rectangular home button, seen on countless Samsung designs, was a last-minute addition to the Galaxy S3.

Apparently, the decision to include a physical home button on the Samsung Galaxy S3 was not an unanimous one. Due to internal resistance from those who insisted that the Galaxy S3  should have a clean look, a la Galaxy Nexus, the Korean phone maker was close to start the production of the phone, without the iconic rectangular button. In the end, though, proponents of the physical home button had their way and the design touch was reinstated.

The rumor also talks about the Samsung Galaxy S3’s UI, which will apparently sport a 5-column layout. If this tidibit is accurate, Samsung’s new flagship will follow in the footsteps of the Galaxy Note – again – instead of the Galaxy Nexus. Of course, no rumor is complete without the mention of a possible release date of the Samsung Galaxy S3. According to the same source, the phone will be available as early as May.

There you have it, some juicy details about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3, worthy of a discussion or two with your Android buddies. Although Google is pushing the use of on-screen buttons on Android phones, as attested by the direction that ICS is heading, it seems Samsung hesitates to ditch physical buttons completely.

Everything we’ve seen and heard so far about the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been based on rumors with a varying degree of credibility. We’re interested to know, though,  if you favor the hardware button or you’d like on-screen soft keys for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3. Chime in below.

  • Penjwen33

    I prefer a hardware button!!! as it can be set to act as CTRL+AIT+DEL

  • =( hardware buttons need to be permanently retired.. they serve no other function that cant be replaced by software buttons other than to clutter the physical aspects of any device. the glass inset buttons of the htc one series are just as annoying.

    your reason for liking physical buttons is cause you can set it to CTRL+ALT+DEL.. but android doesnt have that first of all, second your reasoning for that has to be for when things hang or to force kill processes right? but you dont want an operating system that necessitates that as it means they failed to proper optimize the system to avoid memory leaks and such, and you dont want apps that are designed poorly. so there should never be a need for physical button. beside even if your device does have a memory leak, if it responds to a physical button it will also respond to software, the only practical difference is that you think something is happening because you had a physical and audible click, where you wouldnt if you had software buttons, but response wont be determined by the fact you clicked a button..

    • AppleFUD

      I’ll pass on the hardware buttons. . . not necessary, not needed, and extra cost in the long run.

    • Rune

      I want the hardbuttons, because i often wear gloves and then it’s a must.

      And the sliding functioo to answer is not always working, Even without gloves. Ex if it’s cold or wet

    • I would agree with you on your part..they also have the tendency to wear out in the long run…(like with your old Nokia phone what everybody is probably familiar with..;)..)…but Rune is also right…if its cold or wet…buttons can still come in handy….

  • Cole Raney

    I think there needs to be more physical buttons. Like the 4 at the bottom of every android phone. Or most anyway. I’d prefer them to be physical.

  • Cheesycook

    I just wish Samsung would tell us when the heck this thing is coming to carriers. I am unlucky enough to be on Sprint. I have been waiting for the GNex but it is already 5 or 6 months old by the time we get it and seems to be seriously skimpy on accessories. Should I wait?!!! Aghhhh!!!!

  • Lookav79

    Agree with everyone disliking the physical (push) buttons. A physical touch button however would be an acceptable modern solution though – there’s a difference. If they really go for a push button like on versions 1 & 2, I’ll go for HTC One x instead. Spec wise they should be pretty much identical…

  • Williams

    Why all of those who want a physical buttons don’t get an “IPhonnie” and stop winning!

  • Asimental69

    That looks gay…hope it don’t look like that

    • Shkl

      Really? “gay”? You can’t think of an adjective that doesn’t put down a group of people?

  • Faiz

    I don’t get why people are complaining so much. I like the physical button. Having buttons on screen is just a waste of space. I prefer the screen to be clean of any buttons. Besides, the button is what makes the galaxy s series iconic.

  • Im really looking forward to getting my hands on the Samsung Galaxy S3 – if the original S2 has anything to go by, then this could be the start of the iPhone Killer!!Samsung Galaxy S3

  • lahope

    I like the clean look of the Nexus. Nix the button.

  • Simo

    This is the only news regarding S3 I’ve been waiting for! Living in an area where weather gets really cold and you need to be able to wear gloves, it is VERY practical to have that physical home button. At least wiht S1, you can configure it to answer the phone calls when being pressed. Saves you from taking off your gloves..

  • Op

    i think the same but
    when i change the samsung phone to a sony i relly miss the little button

  • Bill

    Haha so fun to come back almost 1 year later and read the rumor articles. The picture above looks completely different from the final product. I suspect all the SGS4 pictures are also not close.