The next generation of Windows phones will do away with physical buttons at the front, a well-connected smartphone sage has forecast.
Eldar Murtazin of Mobile Review, who’s broken a number of high-profile stories in recent months, claims that forthcoming LG, HTC and Samsung handsets powered by the soon-to-come Mango iteration of Microsoft’s platform will all be buttonless wonders. At the front, anyway.
According to the smartphone sage, the move away from physical buttons, such as a home key and back button, has been facilitated by clearance from Microsoft in its revamped design guidelines for Mango operated handsets.
Murtazin tweeted: “WP7 Mango Update - according to design guideline there no need to put hardware buttons on front. Samsung, LG, HTC will have such phones.”
His prediction comes as handset makers appear to be deciding en masse to abandon physical home buttons on their flagship phones.
Last week, Nokia unveiled its latest flagship phone, the N9, which [features a novel all-screen design (http://top10.com/mobiles/news/2011/06/nokia_n9_unveiled_debuts_meego/) that does away with a ‘home’ button in favour of a swipe gesture.
Meanwhile, Apple and HTC are both strongly rumoured to have button-less phones in the works.