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HTC M8 Reportedly Features 5″ 1080p Display, Kit Kat, and Snapdragon 800

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According to @evleaks, the HTC M8 – the supposed successor to the HTC One – will feature top tier specs, to make sure that it has a fighting chance against next year’s Galaxy lineup from Samsung. HTC will look to power the M8 with a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and Android 4.4, as well as fit a 5″ 1080p into its metal-wrapped body. 

We have apparently already seen the chassis for the M8, but given HTC hasn’t spoken on it, nothing is confirmed. The M8 is also expected to feature a Fingerprint Scanner, much like that is found on the One Max.

HTC M8

From the initial specs to the first pictures we have seen, this device is shaping up to be pretty classy. Word on the streets is that we can expect the M8 to hit the shelves early next year.

Via: @evleaks

  • Jt Ray

    No need for nav buttons, Pie all the way.

  • Elliot Kotis

    That is obviously incorrect. Every year, at CES a few new chips are announced, and every year one of those chips is inside an HTC phone.

  • jack

    Note series is still king and I’m rocking both my Note 2 I still kept and the Note 3 and had the best experience. No other company has made a good phablet except Samsung.

  • Jeff

    I personally like the look of the phone but what I’ve come to understand is that. HTC gets an Epic Fail on repair ability of this device!!!

  • mjku

    If they ditch the capacitive “hard” buttons, I’m already sold. That’s the only thing holding me back from the current HTC One GE.

  • No_Smoking

    I really like the forward facing speakers, I wish more companies would do that.
    Buttons are odd, as someone else said.. and I agree.

  • muddy46

    but is there going to be a Google Play Edition?

  • Eric

    Please on screen keys. Just fill in the area for capacitive with screen.

  • Tim242

    One X – 4.7″ display. DNA – 5″ display. One – 4.7″ display. Two or One 2 – 5″ display. WTFHTC?

  • Dave

    “To make sure it has a fighting chance to keep up with next year’s Galaxy lineup?” Seems like their new flagship which is months away from a launch will feature nearly identical specs to compete with several month old Galaxy devices. HTC swings and fouls one off….

    • GentlemanScholar

      And Samsung will likely have a new 64bit exynos processor in its S5 (feels weird typing S5 while referring to a phone as I consider it a car). Not sure whether the new exynos will be significantly better than the S800, but I think HTC should simply work on optimizing its software to make the new One faster than the S5. I know the Nexus 5 (and even the Moto X) are really fast devices.

      • Dave

        Exactly. In fact having used and tested an SD600 and SD800 device on my wireless network simultaneously, I’m not exactly bowled over by the 800, I mean it’s technically faster, but virtually negligible for everyday usage. My cousin has an S5, we love tooling around in it, especially since I sold my supercharged G8 GXP.

        • GentlemanScholar

          Yeah, I have an S5 as well and I love it. I’ve modded it to the point where I want to get something new just so I can do some more modding. Perhaps I’ll throw a supercharger on it at some point.

          • Dave

            I don’t recommended superchargers on smaller displacement engines. I’d go for a turbo, probably more expensive and complex, but the low end torque is more useful for moderate acceleration, and lag is not as bad as people want to say. I wanted STS externally mounted turbos but held off based on the snowy and rainy climate here. I know guys who are getting 525-550rwhp with zero other upgrades and pulling off 11 second ¼ miles at 115-125 mph, essentially besting Dodge Viper or Corvette ZR1 speed, and still seating 5 comfortably and getting 20-25mpg in moderate driving. Superchargers are too linear for my likes, only maximum benefit at high rpm. Basically why I sold mine, but still profited about $3000 after all was said and done.

  • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

    I feel like HTC is going Sammy on us: Looks like they’re going to keep refreshing the One’s body/design with updated internals. Not that that’s a bad thing, since the One has a great build. Although I agree with everyone else here that they need to lose the physical navigation buttons [as well as cut down on the bezel].

    • Cael

      Copying Samsung is where they’ll fail.

    • PhillipCun

      …. iPhone did it first. Samsung is taking a ton of cues from Apple. Sorry, I’m an Android fan too, but there is no denying it with all the information that is out.

      • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

        True statement. I sometimes forget that Apple did start a lot of trends, they just don’t know when to stop them.

      • zmr333

        I’m an Android fan, and I absolutely despise of Samsung
        I’m fine without flimsy plastic and a crappy UI

  • Orion Pax

    Any ideas on the name?
    If they’re going to battle Samsung and the One is supposed to be their flagship branding, I’m interested in this.

    HTC One 2
    The “new” HTC One
    HTC One

    • Cael

      HTC One more

    • wehavealoser

      HTC Last One

    • Alexander Anteneh

      htc won

      • Alexander Anteneh

        htc one +

    • Tim242

      HTC TWO

    • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

      HTC Two
      HTC One Squared
      HTC Test, One, Two

  • greyhulk

    I could do without the fingerprint scanner. An upgraded camera would be nice, though. They also need to give up on putting the power button on the top, especially if it’s going to be even bigger than the One. Oh, and screw that softkey configuration, HTC. That was the thing I had the hardest time getting used to.

    I don’t understand why they keep doing the same thing over and over. Do they not listen to feedback?

    • Dominick White

      I think if they going to go with a bigger size, they should follow LG with the G2 and put the power and valume buttons on the back

      • greyhulk

        Back might be awkward for some. It wasn’t that well received on the G2. A safer bet for them would be the side, like they did with the One Max.

        • HarvesterX

          Was odd to use at first, but now everyone I know with a G2 loves the placement. Well by everyone I know means everybody over on XDA lol as here in real life I’m probably the only one in town with one.

    • Cael

      They don’t which is why they are in the position they are in.

    • HarvesterX

      Agreed on fingerprint scanner. If they were to use ANY button it should have been like the 5s did and place the scanner on the button to wake and unlock the phone. The 5s gets away with it beautifully because there A7 CPU can encrypt/decrypt on the fly and it takes just fractions of a second to unlock and turn the screen on. I wonder how the SD800 will fare doing the same task. I couldn’t imagine using a home with capacitive buttons again. Google likes to change things around often..who knows if they’ll add a key or take one away in am update. Plus being able to remove the navbar altogether and use quick controls is awesome since the g2 has a tiny chin .

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    Dig a grave for this loser company. Another dud.

  • http://petervideos.com/ Peter Mansour

    This is basically a nexus 5 with horrible navigation buttons and slow updates

    • gtg465x

      Except with a better screen, MUCH better speakers, an awesome camera app and probably better battery life.

      Honestly, I never thought it would matter to me, but after owning the HTC One I can never go back to a phone with crap speakers. I have grown to love listening to podcasts, listening to music, and watching YouTube videos without having to use earbuds for decent sound. I went to Best Buy to check out the Nexus 5 and played a movie trailer on it. Couldn’t make out a single damn word over Best Buy background noise holding it at an arms length, and when I held it up to my face, I could hear it better, but it sounded like crap. Whipped out my HTC One, played the same trailer, and everyone within 10 feet of me could hear everything being said in the video.

      • WMP

        Speakers aren’t going to beat good headphones ever, and if you are using speakers on a phone in a public area I hope someone comes and smashes your phone for ruining everyone’s day with your My Little Pony podcasts.

  • Ryuuie

    …They’re going to call it the “HTC Mate”, aren’t they?

    • Cael

      Theyre going to call it the HTC One X…oh wait…One S…umm…HTC One G or Z!

      • Elliot Kotis

        The HTC 1 2 :P
        But really the 2 names I would expect/respect are:
        1. HTC Two
        2. HTC One (2014)
        (And yes I switched the point numbers and phone names around to screw with you)

  • S_T_R

    The new phone also features a fornication port, so you can M8 with it.

    Accessories (including the new HTC PrivacyTarp for use on the train and HTC Sensenehance) sold separately.

  • Omar Amer

    Dear Manufacturers, here is a tip… you can get more screen real estate if you drop the physical buttons and use the stock’s nav buttons. You know what that means? software based buttons. Now your screen can cover more of your phone and you dont have a chin that is 2″ of the phone’s bottom. people like big screens. even more so, want more screen on the phone and less of well… everything else that isnt screen. we can get true edge to edge screen. all 4 of them if possible. now your 5″ phone has like 5.2″ screen without making it a bigger phone! now people will throw money at you if you slap in at least a 2800mAh battery in that thing(the bigger the better, make it 3500 and it will make other phones cry). this phone that I speak of? that is one that will win you over with a lot of people.

    • Tim242

      The S4 has physical buttons and a tiny bezel, as does the Note 3. The Gnex, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 have huge chins.

      • LionStone

        I like that the N5 has a lil more chin than my DNA, because it raises the Navi keys a little higher… makes 1 hand navigating easier so you’re not reaching down so low with the thumb ;-)

      • HarvesterX

        G2 is basically bezeless and the chin is about half the length of my thumbnail. We all know why Samsung has their one button where it is. Let’s all stop pretending. Can’t hide those buttons can you? Any phone with capacitive buttons will have a larger chin that one without them (unless those other phones have a longer chin forslme dumb reason..). The capacitive buttons need to be placed high enough from the bottom of the phone so that thumbs can reach them naturally with phone in hand one handed. All good right?

        The soft keys on this G2 (example because its in my hands) sit at the same spot more or less of where those capacitive buttons are. So what’s the difference? I can hide those and use quick controls to navigate with as in Browser. Not a huge deal.

        When Android 5.0 adds a new feature that has an entirely new action that’s linked to a navigation bar button, on a device with soft keys it just gets added…and everyone else I guess can use a toggle or some work around. That’s why Android became this way…Google removed the search key and having foresight, they decided to implement buttons that could be dynamically changed. This is a good programming practice. Samsung didn’t want people holding their phones up next to the iPhone deciding which to buy and having consumers wonder where the buttons were. Apple always liked the one button for everything idea … Do their mice still only have one button (I dunno, just wondering)? Ah now thei phones are familiar to iPhone users looking to change.

        Why HTC still does it is beyond me. Probaby along the same stupid lines thinking that the consumers would he confused if they didn’t see any buttons. Physical buttons do not belong on Android anymore but people seem like they’d sell their own kids first before admitting something about the manufacturer of their phone that’s negative.

        LG is half ass backwards too cause if you don’t root you get stuck with a deprecated menu key.

        • Tim242

          While the top bezel on the G2 is slightly smaller than that of the S4, the bottom bezels are exactly the same. You can turn the backlight off on the capacitive keys, and all you see is the home button. The G2 is the only phone with on screen buttons with acceptable bezels.

  • dfddf

    no sd no removalbe battery not buying too bad i’m waiting for HTC M12

  • MistaButters

    The one thing about the One and all of it’s children is there is so much wasted space. Sure you have boomsound, but the phones are freaking massive for their respective screen size.

    • BAM1789

      Agreed. Going from the one to the N5, both are pretty much the same size in every way and the One is just wasted space all around the screen. The front speakers were fine, but the bezels were just ridiculous. The phone would have been perfect with a 5″ screen in the same space. Now the N5 isn’t king of area utilization, but definitely better.

    • UniBroW

      Another issue, for me at least, I’d rather have the speakers at the bottom. On a tablet, I’d like them where they are (ala nexus 10) but on a phone I want slim bezels or at least maximum screen size. Those speakers do nothing for you when you’re listening to music on a train (hopefully with headphones on), or web browsing or checking your email. it’s great for showing youtube clips to your buds but I don’t need stereo sound for that.

      • MistaButters

        Yeah that’s the thing. How often do you use external speakers on a phone? Sure, if I had boomsound I would use them more than I do, but I still wouldn’t use them enough to justify the bezel size they require. I might use the speakers 2% of the time, but those massive bezel are there 100% of the time. A good DAC and preamp (and ditching beats equalizer) would be way more important to me.

        • michael arazan

          Would love a HTC one with Nexus edition for Verizon this time around, Stock Android on Verizon is like seeing a Big Foot in the wild now

  • TylerCameron

    What’s with all the hate about nav buttons? The only thing wrong is HTC forgot to put in a dedicated recent apps key.

    • HarvesterX

      They forgot to remove the other capacitive keys … I’ve said why they aren’t gld too many times in this these. For one it adds length to the chin (not for the internal components, but so the buttons can be placed high enough up so you can press them and still hold the phone.., if android changes the button arrangement again (like they’ve done before) then all mom rooted people have buttons that do nothing. Well they would as I’m sure legacy code will still be there but you get the point..plus you can’t make them go away! On phones with soft keys (well if rooted) you can easily hide the navbar altogether and use quick controls like in the Browser or other ways to navigate. They make no sense except for marketing.

  • UniBroW

    HTC STILL DOESN’T GET IT! It’s dumbfounding. This will just end up being yet another losing quarter for them. Lose the awful navigation buttons, slap a big battery in it (at least) and give it an sd card and boom winner

    • Caseyk

      And how do you know it wont have those things?

      • Cael

        It’s HTC. It’s going to have a small battery, huge bezels, weird buttons, and thick.

    • TylerCameron

      The only thing awful about the navigation buttons is they don’t have a dedicated recent appa key. But double tapping the hone button works really well for recent apps.

      • HarvesterX

        Well see, if they designed the phone properly, you’d be able to add or remove whatever you wanted because it’d be modular. I remember baxk in OG Droid days remapping the keys to change the function of the search key.

        When they moved from Gingerbread to ICS though the search key went the way of the dinosaurs. That’s why Google went the direction with the soft keys. They are modular and can be changed very easily. If Android 5 comes out and does away with the navagation bar altogether and decides to use quick controls like in the Browser, then the soft key navbar just disappears and good to go (which is exaxtly how I’m using my phone). Then everyone not rooted with capacitive keys are left with worthless buttons. I wish Google would do that anyways just to shove a foot up Samsung and HTC’s ass for not listening. And then take out all legacy backward compatible code so that even on rooted phones those buttons become useless.

        Those buttons are only there because the iPhone’s one button. “why does this phone not have buttons..”….

    • fillyo75

      You said it brother, I would buy it if they did those things!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      They start the One with 32GB, I really don’t think they are thinking SD card. The Navigation buttons needs some fixing….we haven’t seen the front of the device leaked yet. And the HTC One doesn’t have battery issues. They’ll be fine.

      • Sporttster

        Have a 64gb option, those who want sd cards will buy the thing…..gotta have storage, plain and simple….

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          There is a 64GB ONE. Don’t see why this would be any different.

          • Mark

            Because the 64 GB ONE is only offered on one carrier as an exclusive. That’s why I didn’t get cause I wasn’t switching carriers just for the memory space I needed. There for either make the larger model available to all or give it expandable memory. At&t customers aren’t the only ones who need to utilize memory.

    • Sqube

      The nav buttons aren’t that awful. I went from the GNex to the One and it only took me about a day and a half to get used to launching Now, getting to my recent apps, etc. with no fuss.

      I definitely want a bigger battery, even though I’m not having issues now. The fetishization of slim phones needs to end. Gimme a 3,000mAh battery so I can do whatever I want for a full day without worrying. I will gladly have a slightly thicker phone for that.

      As far as storage goes… I’ve got 64GB internal storage and a 7GB/month data plan. I’m just not really all that concerned about data.

      • Sporttster

        I’d agree. It’s almost OCDish with the thin phone crap. Add a bit of bulk and put a bigger fricking battery in it! Good grief, who gives a flip whether it’s the ‘thinnest phone on the planet’?!?

    • malcmilli

      they need a good marketing push, those little tidbits isnt what has them int he negative.

    • TylerChappell

      What they really need to do, is release a successor to the butterfly s in the United States.

      • M3D1T8R

        Didn’t see your post before I wrote my rant about this above!

    • Elliot Kotis

      Samsung still uses physical buttons and capacitive buttons…and owns 45% of the world mobile marketshare….what’s your point?

      • HarvesterX

        And Apple controls the majority of the marketplace Android doesn’t, so what’s your point? Read my other comments regarding the soft key vs capacitive debate. Those were points. Just because Samsung controls a large percent doesn’t mean jack. Out of the manufactures developing Android they are the best known. There are absolutely no technical reasons why a capacitive button should be used over a soft key.

        If you are somebody who knows nothing about smartphones except your friend’s iPhone and go shopping for phone, then having that one capacitive button there at the bottom would be advantageous to you, no? If somebody who knows no better also compares say a G2 and this new HTC phone…”Hmm, why doesn’t this one have the same buttons if they are supposed to use the same Android thingy”…

        That is the only reason they are used. Now what happens when Android 5.0 is released and Google decided to do away with the navigation bar altogether and use quick controls like in the Browser. Congratulatilns, you’re now the owner of some buttons that do nothing (if you’re lucky Google is nice and provides legacy code in Android so they can be remapped…but that doesn’t help most who aren’t rooted.

        My speakers are at the bottom, not a “hey! its samsung! See wee have the apple button too” or a hardcoded back button. You are probably right handed as well. Kinda rough to move those capacitive buttons aroundon that HTC isnt it? You sure aren’t going to use the more screen real estate argument I hope…thats only true if the phone is display is larger.(I’m not using soft keys right now…when I slide up from the bottom quickcontrols pop up..as in my example i used).

        So I guess the point is that those buttons are there because the manufacture know that 99% of the buyers won’t realize what I’ve just said. They know that the iPhones all have a button on them, and they know that these people will associate that with being something familair.

        There’s no advantages to having them at all when it comes down to actually having any interaction with the device. The advantage of them is purely sales. The chin on my phone can be as small as possible while still remaining comfortable to use. If changes are made in the future to Android (it happens, we lost a search key from the switch from gingerbread to ICS) then the buttons will change to reflect it. If rooted you can change them now…like myself and thousands of others have (sure that number is much higher).

        If owned a phone with capacitive buttons I’d be saying the exact same thing. Hardcoding a button into an operating system that’s said “hey, everyone, stop using hardcoded buttons because I might change at anytime and if I do those keys will become just a waste of space” is equivalent to that manufacturer saying “we don’t care android, we need to have buttons because we think consumers are idiots and either way, we don’t expect them to own that long anyways because next year we are gonna double the hertz and triple the bytes and just push that onto them”

        • Elliot Kotis

          TL;DR, I read up to the point where you were a complete idiot, and made a fool of yourself.
          Apple has under 20% market share you dimwit
          Samsung has over 45% marketshare (out of all smartphones)
          Android has over 70% marketshare (including samsung)

          MY POINT IS THAT THE GUY WAS HATING ON THE CAPACITIVE BUTTONS ON THE HTC ONE AND SAYING THAT IS WHY THEY ARE FAILING, BUT SAMSUNG HAS THOSE BUTTONS AND A PHYSICAL BUTTON. I was defending it. read the comment thread, or don’t reply.

    • M3D1T8R

      Sad thing is, they already did this. Standard Android button layout, 3200mAh battery, and SD card. It’s called the Butterfly S and is pretty much the perfect phone (except only16GB internal should be 32 but w/ SD card that’s not so bad), and it might have come to the US as a DNA+ or something, but Motorola got exclusivity on Droid branded phones. So why didn’t HTC release it more widely? Who knows. One distraction I imagine.

      I’m still hoping they release a slightly updated Butterfly S on all carriers.

  • Ray Gray

    Also comes with holly bezel and ugly nav buttons

  • a3uge

    You stay confusing, HTC and Nokia device naming.

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    If this comes in a Google Play Edition, I would consider it. It all comes down to camera. When you’re talking about phone cameras, once you use a GS4, it’s hard to use anything else.

    • pubasnacks77

      Never used a GS4 so I can’t compare, but the camera on the G2 is phenomenal!

    • GentlemanScholar

      I’ve used the camera on an iphone 5s, GS4, Moto X and Nexus 5. The camera quality on all of these are so marginally different for there to be any real phone camera that stands out (the Moto X being marginally at the bottom of the totem pole here). When I compare the photos of my DSLR to my N5 or the wife’s 5S, the DSLR is so much better that the 5S and N5 almost look the same. Don’t get me wrong: you can take good photos with a camera phone. The difference in quality is just not that significant.

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    If this comes in a Google Play Edition, I might consider it.

  • Kyle Miller

    So what the fruck is the HTC ONE MAX for? And yes Nav buttons will make this a beast!

    • Cael

      Copying Samsung.

      • PhillipCun

        At this point in the game, I don’t consider creating a smartphone around 6+ inches as copying anymore…. Seriously its just a screen size… The Note 3 is well executed by Samsung, but the more players in that category the more they will compete. Stop crying about who copied who. Samsung is notorious for copying.

        • Cael

          The only thing different from the max and the regular one is the fingerprint scanner. The One max is a poor attempt at entering the phablet market which Samsung is doing right. There’s nothing special about it. Its the same as Samsung releasing the Galaxy Gear. No real thought put into it, just trying to say, “we have one too!”

          LG made boxy crap but it atleast had a stylus and some software features. Sony gave there’s some software features, you can use a pencil, etc. A fingerprint scanner does not justify a phablet.

      • Adrynalyne

        I didn’t know size was a copying offense.

  • jimsilverman

    slathered in Sense UI, no doubt.

  • Michael

    second!

  • BrandonWhite116

    They need to give it normal android navigation buttons. Without those I will never consider this phone.

    • Futbolrunner

      Amen, Amen

    • Ej McCarty

      It wouldn’t even be so bad if they changed the right capacitive button to a menu and the HTC would take you home. Then It would just be the reverse of samsung. Or they could be really smart and just put on screen navs with normal android scheming.

      • TylerCameron

        Menu??? Menu is obsolete. Action overflow all the way.

        • greyhulk

          Tell that to all of the developers who haven’t updated their apps.

          • TylerCameron

            Yes, I’m aware that developer on Android are DRASTICALLY lazier than developers for iOS. I say this cause developers updated apps for iOS 7 BEFORE IT WAS EVEN PUBLIC! Google needs to get onto developers about this. Because it’s a big problem. Developers charge more for android apps but are lazier? Unacceptable.

          • mjku

            Android developers aren’t given a “preview edition” 3 months ahead of official launch, either.

          • Justin W

            No, but they were made aware of some of the changes (such as the SMS change in 4.4). They are made aware of pertinent changes to API’s that may affect their application. The action overflow is something all devs would have been aware of, whether it was before or after the update, that they should have fixed immediately.

            For the record, I’d rather have the action overflow button than a menu softkey. A lot of apps don’t have “menus”, and the only way to know that is by looking for an action overflow key, which is not shown on devices with a physical/capacitive menu button.

          • mjku

            … which wouldn’t be an issue at all if soft buttons were used.

          • HarvesterX

            Edited..wrong place

        • Ej McCarty

          I still find it useful on the note 3

      • HarvesterX

        Menu is deprecated. Actually the use of capacitive keys like the ones here are also, but not in such a direct manner

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    • Sqube

      I said the same thing. But it really doesn’t take that much time to adjust.

      Unless you’re taking a principled stand. In which case, by all means, you gotta vote with your wallet.

    • HarvesterX

      I agree. When I owned my OG Droid which had them I was never bothered by them. I’m still not bothered by them, by they are not ideal at all. What if you bought this and the next year Google releases Android 5.0 which features an entirely new action that can only be triggered by the use of a navigation button? You would be stuck until somebody created a widget that you could stick on the home screen. But what if this button was one you had to press while not on the homescreen? Now you have to find a notification bar app that includes that toggle. You aren’t rooted and running the OEM ROM which automatically has it’s own notification toggle bar? Cool, now you have two rows of toggles taking up space in your navigation bar.

      That’s one example. The buttons are supposed to be soft keys so that they can be built and customized through code rather than being “hardcoded”. Say I’m writing a script to just say “droid life”… I could just do this:

      # …. Section of code
      #
      echo “droid life”
      #
      #

      Simple enough right? And perfectly fine because it’s a one line program (stuff after the #’s are just comments). Now imagine that this is part of a complicated script with over 1000 lines of code. And imagine that you’ve neverseen ttheccode before and your boss told you to go change “droid life” to “droid-live” because the original programmer forgot to put the hyphen in between the words. He told you that you will be maintaining the code from now on, and also told you that there are 25 instances where that text needs to be corrected and told you that each week the text will change. This means every week from now on you’ll have to replace all 25 instances with something new.

      Instead of hardcoding the text into the code you decide to define a variable and replace all instances of the text with the variable so that from here out you only need to change it once everytime the text changes… So your script looks more like:

      # Define a constant for our text, which will be cchanged weekly
      #
      TEXT_TO_DISPLAY = “droid-life”
      #
      #

      # We go through all the script replacing the hard coded text with
      # our constant, like this
      #
      echo $TEXT_TO_DISPLAY

      Good, now you replaced all the references with a variable. Now, when your boss says to you that you also forgot to capitalize “Droid-Life” all you need to do is quickly open the file and change two letters around, instead of hunting each hard coded reference. “Well I can just use search and replace feature”.. OK..sure. I used BASH as an example because most here would recognize it. Instead of BASH, this was a change that you kneeded to make in a C++ project that has 15 different files and each one is 1000s of lines.

      The same methodology applies here but in a slightly different way. You having a hard button are now stuck with that button there. Maybe Android 5.0 does away with ALL buttons and uses quick controls like in the Browser. On phones like Nexus 5 or G2 no problem. More screenspace. Those with capacitive buttons have useless buttons taking up space doing nothing ( unless you’re rooted, then you may be able to).

      Like I said, I don’t mind capacitive buttons but it would take me a while to adjust to not having softkeys I can change around. I understand that people are concerned over real estate and arguably so. Your OEM might decide to use soft keys and make then huge. Seems to be the trend lately after playing with the N5 launcher a while lol… The two phones I’ve owned with soft keys were Galaxy Nexus and the G2. The soft keys was one of my favorite improvements that ICS brought. To me they appeared the same size on each phone by default but its been a while. I can say that even with the soft keys on the g2, I have more usable screen then a phone of the same dimensions by a different manufacturer with capacitive buttons. How so? The chin is as minimum as it comes without making the phone uncomfortable to use and like the N5, there is room there for the speakers.

      The example I used about ditching the navigation bar and buttons altogether came from how I’m running now. Instead of any buttons ..soft or hard, I’m just using quick control pie like navigation.Just swipe up and the controls show up (or swipe from whichever directions you want). Then they disappear and I have all the screen

      Having the button arrangement modular as is with soft keys keeps your options for the navigation bar dynamic and able to handle whatever the future holds. Buttons that are static and unchangeable are just that. That’s why Google deprecated the use of them in devices. More on the technical side can get found on Google’s Android development website.