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Tuesday Poll: A Phone’s Back Button Belongs on the Left or Right?

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My mention of Samsung’s navigation button order being “wrong” in the previous post seems to have sparked quite the conversation over which order people prefer. Of course, when that happens, a poll must follow, thus the existence of this follow-up post.

So let’s decide once and for all! Do you prefer the back button to be on the left, where Google, creator of the platform that all Android phones are built upon, has placedΒ it and where almost everyone other Android OEM placesΒ it, or should the back button go on the right, where Samsung, king of smartphone makers who (rightfully) laughs at all who question its decisions, puts it?

Left or right. You must choose.

A Phone's Back Button Belongs on the Left or Right?

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  • Keg Man

    had a note 7 and now have an lg v20. So I had both ways. Muscle memory was reworked in less than 2 weeks. It made sense to have it on the left side, but as a right handed person, i think i like it better on the right side

  • HotelQuebec

    Depends so make it user configurable or set it based on region. Some countries read left to right so it makes sense for the back button to be on the left side while right side makes more sense for countries that read right to left.

  • Daniel McGinn

    Yes, technically, the left side is where it would seem to logically go, but ergonomically, the right side makes all the sense in the world. I personally like having it on the right side, especially since the phones have gotten bigger, taller and wider over the years, it’s just too much work to have to reach over to the right to push the back button when that button is pushed probably more then a any of the buttons on the bottom. Sometimes my finger will accidentally press the home button when I’m reaching for the back button. I just wish that all phones would give you the option to customize the buttons to your liking like LG does.

  • Andrexx

    I have had only Moto phones since my Droid X, so when my company supplied an S7 Edge (which I really like, by the way), one of the first things I did was Google “how to swap back and recent apps buttons Samsung,” installed All in one Gestures, and now all is right… errrr… left… with the world again.

  • Steve Knox

    24% of voters own Samsung phones….

  • However the OG Droid did it from day one, with all the buttons was the way to go. Menu button is my most missed button.

    Samsung doesn’t give a crap what others think. I Tweeted to Samsung pleading that they make a phone with the power button on top, and their answer was basically, “We don’t listen to unsolicited ideas.”

  • What? No in the middle/center option
    :sarcasm:

  • thecoolkid

    No, I don’t have to choose. I prefer phones that allow me to switch whenever I want. πŸ˜‰

  • Manthas

    I mean this is clearly a personal preference question, and yes the best option would be to have it customizable for the end user at all points. Personally, I like it being on the left for natural reading flow in my native language (English), so equating the concept of “going back” to a previous page/thing/etc with being on the left is a natural fit. For folks whose native reading languages read right to left (like Japanese, for example), this would likely feel awkward.

  • Orion

    Left of course. It would drive me crazy to use it on the right. Smh Samsung. I hope it will be customizable.

  • C-Law

    If you aren’t gonna make it customizable then back should be on the left, just like on every remote control, audio & video playback controls, VHS & DVD player, etc..

  • droidxethan

    Always left, why would you want it on the right?!

  • marcusmarcus2

    All this poll shows me is that it should be on the left side by default but have an option to change it do to enough people liking it on the right.

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  • disastrousrainbow

    Third option: Who cares?

    Honestly, it takes no time to get used to it because it’s been such a long-established Samsung method that I just naturally remember it’s on the right for their devices. Furthermore, if it’s REALLY something that throws you off that much, girl you have bigger problems than the position of an on-screen navigation button. I’m hoping Samsung swipes LG’s method and allows you customize your on-screen keys, but it’s really nbd if they don’t. The phone will come out, DL will complain for a second about it, then they’ll say it took them no time to adjust, phone of the year.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Thank goodness we have sensible people in the comment section. We win, because we know better.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/64e27d31d875287b6effe508101e756787bbcb2db474cb1402f5805948e9ba17.png

  • Person Dude

    Where’s the “I’m not a picky person so I can adapt to whatever side the back button’s on” option??

  • jonzey231

    Luckily, at least with root, we’ll be able to finally make Samsung follow Google’s rules haha.

  • TimTheK

    1. I never knew Samsung did it that way.
    2. I think that in any country where one reads left to right (as we do in the US) the obvious placement is on the left. Left is back.

  • Terrance Steiner

    The correct answer is “It depends if you are right or left handed”

  • Mars shadows

    this poll will summarize number of right handers and left handers visiting droid life

    • alex drum

      left handed. back button should be on the left side. left is considered back, it just is. Loading bars? left to right. reading? left to right. “back” is going left… that’s why the arrow points to the left and therefore the button should be on the left. google chrome? left. option is fine but this goes way deeper than a simple “depends on if they are right or left handed”

  • Rimtu Kahn

    This poll itself is absurd… the fact that these are on screen soft keys, should’ve meant they can be placed anywhere the user desires to have them. I can imagine some right hand heavy users to prefer it on the right but left hand heavy users to prefer it left. Some top heavy users may prefer it on the top, who knows. My point is that’s the reason these are not called hardware buttons. The fact that these vendors have decided to go with soft button yet haven’t been able to allow the basic flexibility software button provides is attrocious. All vendors should have a default as they like it and during initial set up (as well as later via display settings), offer the user to change their placements.

    • Meltdown07

      Well said. The real issue is why can this not be customized to individual preferences? What is the google tagline? “Be together, not the same”.

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  • Westly Ratcliff

    Easier to tap tye bottom right.

  • Ron 80

    I hardly care. But you 22% that say right are just trollin’…

  • paul_cus

    Left. Just like Google and Sony.

  • SMD79

    Right.

    If you use it in your right hand it’s closer and easier to reach. If I didn’t use a phone I’d say left because logically going back is to the left… But usability wise, right is more convenient and quicker for those who hold their phones in one (right) hand.

    • Rimtu Kahn

      And since you use your phone on right hand, that must mean everyone else must as well?

      • SMD79

        Yes. πŸ™‚

  • Rocketdaddy

    How many reasons are there for me to prefer Nexus/Pixel over Samsung’s take on Android? This is just one of many.

  • Cory

    I think it should follow the direction of the language the user prefers (or just simply be a user preference). In a LTR language, like English, when you read a sentence “forwards”, you are moving from left to right. Thus, if you are reading a sentence backwards, you go from right to left. The “go back” button makes sense to be on and pointing to the left. Side scrolling video games are the same way. Many other things in our environments drive the direction we perceive as “going back”. It is this logic that, IMO, makes Samsung’s button position for phones (in the US anyway) very wrong. I mean, the main go back button in every browser in the world isn’t on the right side of the screen.

  • danofiveo

    Do they drive on the left or right side of the road in Korea? If it’s on the left (like the British), that would explain it.

    • Brandon

      They drive on the right side of the road.

    • atc-tech

      As far as I could tell when I was in South Korea, they drive where they f*ck they want. Road signs, traffic signals, lines on the road, curbs, and all other implements of traffic controls were completely and utterly ignored. It was absolute CHAOS!

  • The Doctor

    I really couldn’t care less what side of the phone the back button is on.

  • Patrick Smithopolis

    I have a Pixel XL, OnePlus 3T, HTC 10 and Nexus 6P. They all have the back button on the left side and that’s what I’m comfortable with.

  • T_Dizzle

    Doesn’t matter to me πŸ™‚

  • Trooper311

    Left hand side.

    Also Kellen, I can haz wallpaper?

  • AvalancheRyder

    Can you add an option for letting a user
    choose? I personally use the back button much more than the multitasking button and am right handed, so I prefer it on right side where my thumb can more easily reach it but can see why others may like it on the left.

  • Christopher Robert

    If you use it more than the recent apps button then it should be on the right. As a right hand person whichever button I use most on the phone on want on the right.

  • Buster Hymen

    Its pretty simple: anyone who thinks it goes on the right is wrong, and clearly a communist.

  • Gary Graf

    Back belongs on the right. Just because Google does it the other way doesn’t mean it’s right.

    • Jessica Durden

      I actually agree Gary. #Slay#A#Bit

  • ali jawad

    C’mon… no option for ‘read-my-mind’?

  • aegislash

    Technically, Samsung’s back button placement is wrong…if you’re someone who doesn’t regularly use a Galaxy.

    But seeing as Samsung dominates over 50% of the Android market, to Samsung users…recents|home|back is the correct layout and I am 100% sure that a majority of them truly do not care about the placement of the buttons, as long as the device itself works.

    I’m someone who switches between using my Nexus 6P/Galaxy S7 Edge regularly, and I easily adjust to the button positions in minutes. They’re both correct to me.

  • Hep

    I use the back button way more than the recent apps list. Why would I want to reach across the phone all the time? Back button on the right side, where it’s more easily reachable. It’s the one thing Samsung always had right. It should be Recent – Home – Back

  • Garrett Lee Reyman

    I said right but I’m an LG user so I can customize them.

  • Ryan Stuart

    There is a bit more to it than just flipping the buttons. Views need spatial awareness and connection to their triggers. I worry that having the option to flip the navigation buttons, would create a disjointed flow through the app.

    On the flipside (pun intended), A considered UX places objects where you expect them to be. This is different for everyone, obviously.

  • aleubalton

    Left of course. There’s a lot of reasons for it being on the left.
    For example, coming from the concept of “past” “present” and “future”. Past = back, present = home, future = multitasking. In a timeline, you draw the “past” in the left, and the “future” on the right.
    Also, the ergonomics/usability thing. When using the phone one handed you usually have your thumb closer to the left, in order to get a secure grip. So, having the back button on the left makes a lot more sense.
    Anyway, it should be configurable, but should be on the left by default.

  • FRKSUP

    It has little to nothing to do with being left or right handed, and more so to do with the rest of the UI. Where is the back button on the task bar? The left. Which way do most animations slide back to the previous screen/activity in the app? To the left. This likely derives from traditional English (and even all subsets of Latin) for Left to Right reading, where going left is backwards and going right is forwards.

    X axis: going left gets you to 0 and then negative, whereas going right increases

  • MJ

    The left side of course like God and Google intended…

  • From iOS HIG to Android’s Material Design placing the “Back” button on the left, is one of the most common guidelines of UI/UX.
    Think of all the instances from the web, to applications, to mobile apps that use the “back” buttons on the left.
    I’m not quite sure why Samsung would opt for placing it on the right, or their reasoning behind it.

  • SA_NYC

    Thank you for asking! This has been huge point of consternation for me since the rise of large phones, and a real sticking point for me with Sammies. However, several months ago I discovered Back Button, a tiny little free app that lets you float nav buttons anywhere on screen (with no root required). Game changer! I actually have my back button halfway up my S7E screen; love it, so easy to reach. Don’t know why I didn’t think to look for something like that before. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appspot.app58us.backkey&hl=en

  • calculatorwatch

    It should always be on the left just as GodGoogle intended. I don’t know why they decided it should be that way, but I follow their doctrine without question.

  • tabguy2

    Let’s leave dictating “how things should be” to Apple.

  • Jason Berek-Lewis

    I have a Huawel Mate 9 – amazingly, via the settings, I can change the layout of the navigation keys…

  • steadymobb

    Wtf didn’t know us right siders were the minority…

    The back button is my most used key other than home so I like it closest to my scrolling thumb

  • drewthebrave

    Related question: Some people say they prefer an option because they are left or right handed. I use my phone with either hand depending on what I’m doing at the time (writing something down, holding groceries, unlocking my door, etc), but don’t particularly favor one over the other in most circumstances

    How many people are ambidextrous when it comes to phone use, and how many use only one preferred hand? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e0feefc5d4b50ffa56f1543858404f0502b824d850c7a8382c9fb934c9b3849a.jpg

  • Armaced

    Since we read from left to right, “Back” belongs on the left. Just like “Reverse” is to the left of “Play” on any sane remote.

  • YouNex

    It’s either left or wrong XD

  • Michael Quinlan

    Until recently, I would have said left. But then I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. After less than one week of using both the Tab S2 and my Moto X (with on-screen back button on left), having the back button on the right seemed more natural. I suppose that a contributing factor is that I’m right-handed.

  • friguy3

    There should have been a third choice. “Doesn’t matter.” Ive used both and haven’t given it a second thought past day 1. If you can’t get used to the back button placement you have serious issues that go way beyond your phone’s button placement. I’d advise urgent medical assistance.

  • Andrew Branch

    Much like web browsers and everything else intuitive; back = left arrow, forward = right arrow.

    • Agreed. Playing on the way we’ve trained our brains: we read left to right (and in some cultures, right to left), so it would make sense to place it in a way that’s going “back” to the start. Websites that have their own “Go Back” paradigm, or breadcrumb component typically reside on the left as well.

  • geeky1

    Poll needs more choices… I personally prefer the button on the left. However, as my current phone is the largest I have ever owned, using it one-handed with my right hand makes reaching it inconvenient. I have it switched to the right side.

  • Bourne, Jason C.

    I think it should be baked into Android that if you have on-screen buttons then you should be able to customize (out of a couple of options) the other two buttons (the middle one will always be Home).

  • jrbmed08

    Left master race! That said, it makes sense to allow the user to customize the order if they’re on screen.

  • imHOWIE

    I use the back button a heck of a lot more than the recenct apps button. When I hold the phone in my right hand,it’s easier to reach the back button when it’s on the right.

    • Armaced

      Alright, I hadn’t considered that. I have pretty long thumbs and am new to Samsung, so I am just getting sick of always guessing wrong. However, I appreciate you giving a valid counterpoint.

  • Xious

    You should be able to configure them the way you want. HOWEVER, the back arrow points to the left. iOS has their back button of the left. Shouldn’t it seem that the standard is on the left?

  • sbgrizdan

    Here is a workaround, non-root fix for all those who wish the buttons were switched on any Galaxy phone:

    1) Download the “Buttons Remapper” app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.irishin.buttonsremapper)
    2) Edit the Back and Recent Apps actions in the app to be the action of the other. The functionality of these buttons will now be switched. However, the permanent button icons will now need to be fixed to avoid the icon confusion. The only way to fix this is to turn off the button lights so you don’t see the buttons at all. See the next step.
    3) Download the “Galaxy Button Lights 2” app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.notquiteinsane.galaxybuttonlights2)
    4) Turn off the lights of your Galaxy phone. This takes away the confusion of the icons.

    Your phone buttons are now switched! I actually like having the buttons lights turned off and hidden, as it makes the phone more sleek.

  • SVTCobra

    The arrow points left, it should be on the left. It’s been on the left for years, decades, in web browsers.

  • Me

    5.2 or smaller = Left
    5.5 or bigger = Right

    But honestly I don’t care. More concerned about the aesthetics. Like Sony’s weird ass home button.

  • Leif Sikorski

    The button layout is actually a reason why I prefer Samsung phones. It would be a bad decision to make it like everybody else. Beside that it also just makes sense. Most people rarely use the recent apps button but the back button gets used quite a lot in Android. So where should it be? At the position that’s the easiest and most comfortable to reach for the majority of people (right handed users) – that’s the right side. Especially on larger phones the left side is much more comfortable to touch than the right.
    I’m quite sure they’ve their statistics on how often people use which button and when I look at SmartLabs where they listen for customer feedback there are quite a lot of people (including me) who prefer their layout.

    • Bobb

      youre just making things up here

  • jim

    ok, this is , without a doubt the stupidest poll ive ever seen on here, is it really that slow of a news day?

    • drewthebrave

      You obviously missed the comment section in the Samsung home screen thread. It got HEATED

  • discopunkk
    • atc-tech

      Obviously this is the way EVERY Android phone SHOULD be.

  • Alan Burnstine

    I liked that I could configure it on my HTC One M8. Really the best option since there are differing opinions, and people with multiple devices may want them all the same just to avoid confusion.

  • J. Gilbertson

    I usually hold my pixel right handed and it’s better in my opinion to extend my thumb for the back button than to accidentally bump it with the palm below my thumb. The solution is simple: Stop the phablet phones! Pixel is a great one handed phone!

  • Bonedatt

    It doesn’t really matter to me. I adjust quickly to the placements, on whatever device I consider as my daily driver. Right now it’s a Samsung device, so it’s on the right. When it was an hTc or the Motorola Nexus 6, it was on the “normal” place which was on the left.

  • mcdonsco

    Hey Kellen, I knew you were going to poll this! That thread got heated quick!

    Just remember, regardless of the results, there is no right or wrong here only opinion/preference.

  • Matthew Brown

    I keep mine on the right, simply because 90% of the time I’m holding the phone in my left hand and it’s easier to reach the far (right) side than the near (left) side with my thumb. But I have a V20 which allows me the choice. My previous phone (M9) also had the option, and my wife’s Axon 7 has it too. To me, the option makes the most sense.

  • RMW

    For a couple of years I had a Samsung Tablet and an LG phone. I was always hitting the wrong button to go back. Even though I’m all Samsung now, I still think having the back button on the right is bass-ackwards.

    • tallerrr

      How come? Samsung has been the most consistent in terms of button layouts out of all Android manufacturer. They had the same button layout since Galaxy S1.

      I’ve never thought of back button on the right side as backwards since Samsung is who made Android popular.

  • ShadyBrady

    I’m right handed with short fat thumbs. That used to be the only (main) reason why I would root my phone’s. For a ROM where you can manipulate the navigation buttons. I would always swap back and recent buttons. Is it really that hard for stock Android to implement this? The only thing I don’t like is the look of the back button on the right side. Doesn’t look right, but so much easier to use. Using Pie Control now to get by.

  • Baneβœ“α΅›α΅‰Κ³αΆ¦αΆ αΆ¦α΅‰α΅ˆ

    I use my phones left-handed (despite being a righty) which makes Samsung phones a pain in the ass to use. I hit back a lot more often than the multitasking button.

    • Allyn K C

      Same here – I hold my phone in the left hand which frees my dominant hand to use a keyboard, pen/pencil, stylus, dinner fork, etc.

      I’ve been wanting a survey for quite a while with the options:
      * I’m right-handed and usually hold phone in right;
      * I’m right handed and usually hold phone in left;
      * I’m left handed and usually hold phone in right;
      * I’m left handed and usually hold phone in left;
      * I’m a magical ambidextrous unicorn that uses whichever hand grabs the phone first.

      • Cakefish

        The last one for me, but I’m right-handed.

      • OligarchyAmbulance

        I’ve never understood why right-handers hold their phone in their right hand. I hold mine in my left for the same reason as you. I want my dominant hand to actually be usable while holding a phone, rather than fumbling around.

        • Fred

          So what multitasking are you doing?

          • drewthebrave

            Masturbating. Probably.

      • drewthebrave

        I just asked this same question! I’m right-handed, but don’t prefer one over the other in most cases. I probably favor my left 60% of the time since my jeans have a button on the right-side change pocket that wants to scratch my screen if I put my phone on that side. But if I’m going to be on my phone for a while, I switch frequently based on what’s comfortable.
        Perhaps it’s because years ago I forced myself to use a mouse with my left hand to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome in my right. Now I switch back and forth every so often when it starts bothering me at work.

  • Bradford Davis

    I want to say ‘Left’ but I’ve had a Samsung to long that I think I have re-wired my brain

    • Bonedatt

      Yep!

  • Chris Hannan

    Back button on the right is a little more convenient, but it just looks wrong. Not really an issue on my Galaxy S7 Edge because I turned the lights off and can’t see the buttons, but on the screen I want it on the left.

  • cbn4forums

    Really doesn’t matter as long as the user knows where it is and gets used to it.

    • Colin Huber

      Exactly. It takes a day to get used to a new configuration.

    • JMonkeYJ

      I use the back button and multitask button pretty much the same amount, so both have to be accessible and which side doesn’t really matter after the first couple days.

    • michael arazan

      Had a samsung phone for a year and always screwed up hitting the wrong buttons, muscle memory is a real thing

    • Ryan

      Actually it does matter. You need consistency across the android platform and this is just another pattern that is being broken by manufacturers.

      • Steve Knox

        Couldn’t agree more. Google needs to grow some, create rules for manufactures and INFORCE them. Still can’t understand why Google allow so much fragmentation….

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    LOL….Left! #GoolgeMasterRace

  • Sean Lally

    Why no, “Duh, left” option?

  • Ben

    There are UI guidelines for Android for a reason. If the manufacturer won’t let me pick, they should do it the way Google intended.

    • Leif Sikorski

      Guidelines often don’t make sense so they shouldn’t be blindly followed. And when it comes to hardware Google just doesn’t has the experience many other OEMs have. Let them do what they think is the best … people will vote with their money. Samsung seems to do it the right way when we look at the market share.

      • Armaced

        But what is the argument for putting the back button on the right? Having a Back button on the left is a standard not just with Google, but with web browsers and TV Remotes. If Samsung wants to break from the standard, I would expect a compelling reason. Why would it be better on the right?

      • Ben

        The correct response, then, is to let users decide. Not to arbitrarily discard the guidelines. LG got it right by letting users decide.

  • EchoX860

    As someone who’s gone from the HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Droid DNA, HTC M8, Nexus 6 and now the S7 Edge. I don’t really care lol it’s easy to remember after like 2 days. The real poll should be on screen buttons or not

  • Asa Thomas

    No Β―_(ツ)_/Β― option?

  • Suicide_Note

    If the OEM doesn’t allow for customization, then the button order should be the way Google says it should be. From left to right, the order should be Back>Home>Recent apps/multitasking.

    • Me

      I think Google should allow them to be flipped.

      • Suicide_Note

        They do, which is why LG allows people to customize the placement.

    • Leif Sikorski

      I don’t think that Google should be in such a position. Their hardware has such a low market share in the Android space that it would be stupid for companies like Samsung to let Google dictate their hardware / usability design. If Googles approach would be as good as some believe they would sell more devices. Google often doesn’t care enough about usability.

      Google could make it that way that everyone can customize it – that would be fine.

      • Aaron

        You’re looking at this wrong. All of Samsung’s success (and every other Android OEM as well) is built on the back of Google’s hard work. Without Android as the unified platform for apps, how successful would Samsung have been, especially in the beginning?

        Samsung may be doing better with software and their UX now, but that wasn’t always the case. It wasn’t that long ago that TouchWiz was a laggy mess and Samsung’s native apps were horrible. Google deserves a little credit for reigning them in, despite hardware sales.

        • MicroNix

          You have it all wrong. Android was intended to allow OEMs to do what they want with it. Sure they need to follow some guidelines in order to have Google’s app suite but that’s it. What they do beyond that is the OEM’s business NOT Google’s. This isn’t an Apple dictatorship. If all the phones had to look and function exactly the same, what incentive would there be for an OEM to even produce an Android phone?? It’s called competition and making it your own brand. THAT’S how Android was intended.

          • Aaron

            “If all the phones had to look and function exactly the same, what incentive would there be for an OEM to even produce an Android phone?”

            Idk. What incentives do PC makers have? Hmm? Even though it’s not my personal preference, Samsung has found its groove with making compelling hardware. Why make things different from AOSP just for the sake of making things different?

    • tabguy2

      Dictating how it should be is an Apple thing, not Android. The beauty of Android is that if you don’t like it one way there’s another OEM that does it how you like it.

      • MicroNix

        Finally, someone who gets it!

    • moew

      That’s not how it works… that’s not how any of this works.

      Open source android really doesn’t have much correlation to the Google Services that are paid on top of the platform.

    • MicroNix

      Sorry but Google is no UI king. Far, far from it. And what they say today is subject to change with tomorrow’s flavor of coffee they’re drinking. This whole argument is really easy. The Nexus nerds want it on the left and those who have used Galaxy phones for a gen or two say the Nexus nerds are the oddballs and it belongs on the right. There is no wrong and no right.

    • Gjorgi Lazarovski

      no one got your point lol

  • Kelly OBrien

    World Problems

  • TechGuy22

    icon?

  • Tim Massing βœ”α΅›α΅‰Κ³αΆ¦αΆ αΆ¦α΅‰α΅ˆ

    Doesn’t matter which side, just have everyone be the same. coughSamsungcough

  • jbworldwide1

    Right. Because it’s right.

  • jdbarn

    I voted right, but I’m also left-handed.

  • Cakefish

    Where’s the option for “I have no strong preference either way”? The best option is to make it customisable in the software.

    • moew

      I hate you. Right handed as in dominant right handed and USE THE PHONE IN YOUR RIGHT HAND. Or RIGHT HANDED like me, and I use my phone in my left hand ALL the TIME. Unless I’m pooping, then it’s propped up in the shower since it’s waterproof.

      Just saying “X handed” tells us nothing about how you use the phone.

      • Cakefish

        I use my phone two-handed the vast majority of the time. I can’t use it one-handed, my fingers and thumbs are too short and stumpy.

        • moew

          So you are BI. Could have just said that to begin with. Why do I even bother here anymore, there’s no more talent.

          • marcusmarcus2

            “Why do I even bother here anymore, there’s no more talent”

            Ha ha, you just answered your own question… No talent.

          • moew

            BI

      • Jerome Solanum

        You poop in the shower?

        • moew

          Yeah, all the time. I even have super huge hard turds

        • KOBALT

          Waffle stomp.

  • BoFiS

    Easy enough to have the ability to customize the buttons once they’re on-screen, but imo, back should be on the LEFT as that’s where the back button is relative to a forward button in a browser, or where rewind is compared to fast forward on a remote, etc

  • Back buttons should be integrated in the software with an indication of what you’re going back to with an edge swipe as a shortcut. Oh wait. Wrong operating system poll.

    • Anoneyemou5e

      This doesn’t work for apps that involve turning pages. in Android, I can use the back button to go to a previous page I was at. Or swipe from the left to get to a menu for navigating to a different level in the app. The same app in IOS will only go back to the previous level of the app

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      No.

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  • brian.

    Kellen you chose your words carefully as to what you prefer rather which one is “right/wrong.” Your previous article didn’t.

  • Ryan Allen Simmons

    I mean, with on screen, shouldn’t somebody create the ability to flip them?

    • JLV90

      LG has that in their phones.

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      • Daniel McGinn

        Yep, that was my favorite thing about owning an LG G2, G3 and G4. You could customize the entire row of buttons. My favorite was the down arrow that you could press to automatically bring down the notification window without having to reach all the way to the top of the screen to pull down.

    • cadtek91

      Ideally, yes that should be built into TouchWiz (or is it Grace UX now) just like it is on LG’s skin.

    • Captain_Doug

      It’s in most custom roms. My Axon 7 allows it too and it doesn’t even have on screen keys.

    • Mvrcel Lgt

      Huawei lg and oneplus…just saying

    • mcdonsco

      OP does, even with their capacitive ones.

    • Stock android has it coming soon in the System UI Tuner πŸ™‚

      • Genkidama

        And this is why AOSP needs to be on Samsung phones.

    • Phil Stout

      This should be enabled for all apps – Although dependent on how the devs framework – but would save me and all other left handed people from having to try and reach across our screens for apps developed for right handed people

    • Rodeojones000

      My OnePlus 3T has that ability – with both the on screen or capacitive option.

      • Cody Menlove

        Yep, Oneplus even flipped it backwards (back button on the right) after the Nougat update when it was on the left before. I simply flipped it back. Thank you OnePlus for giving us options.

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    • michael arazan

      Samsung being one of the first phones to offer more features and customizations on android phones, I’d assume now they have on-screen buttons they should allow users to adjust where they want their control buttons to be placed. Like when android allowed the bottom 4-5 apps at the bottom of the screen to be placed in any order you like. Surprised Google hasn’t already put it in android.

  • Jeremy B.

    Left and right

  • donebrasko

    I say do it like LG. Let us choose

    • Anoneyemou5e

      I voted for right side, but actually you’re right. Android is about choices, and it would be an easy enough one to give, being on-screen and all. Which may actually help with my next point. I actually, really like those Samsung icons in the leaked image way better than Googles. I have a Nvidia K1 tablet, and those navigation icons drive me crazy, they don’t make sense in my brain. Anyway, could Android just give me an option, where I can change the icons if I want, withOUT root.

      • donebrasko

        Yep…I have screenshot, 3 regular buttons and notification drop down button on mine. That should be standard with big phones

    • discopunkk

      Absolutely agree. This should be the standard for all phones. I love being able to customize the on screen buttons as well as adding new ones. With phones getting bigger and taller it is a blessing to add a button that pulls down the notification panel.

  • tu3218

    Need a doesn’t matter to me option. I have used a variety of phones and not once have I gotten upset whether the back button was on the left or right. Pretty easy to acclimate to no matter where it is.