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    software keys

    What is the big deal about software keys? I don't know much about the subject, but i know google wants devices to have them and a lot of manufacturers just put physical keys on. My question is why don't manufacturers like them? And why does google care either way? I don't really care either way, i guess the one advantage i can think of is they could be changed for a new OS
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    software keys means bigger screens. Take the Nexus for example, pretty much the same size as the Rezound and Razr, but due to software keys it has a bigger screen.

    As to why manufacturers don't like them, don't know.
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    Actually it makes the screen smaller in most cases, while the screen measurement its actually bigger the actual display area is bigger on my RAZR than the nexus because in most applications you have those on screen keys taking up space that could be used for viewing
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshxdroid View Post
    Actually it makes the screen smaller in most cases, while the screen measurement its actually bigger the actual display area is bigger on my RAZR than the nexus because in most applications you have those on screen keys taking up space that could be used for viewing
    True but for videos the soft keys disappear and the video expands. This only works for videos of course.

    I think Google wants software keys for aesthetics. When the device screen is off, it's a nice clean black slate. Only other reason I can think of

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