It is usually a thing of pride to be called “a man of many parts”. Apparently, this is only good as far as humans are concerned. Not so good. on any device. The fewer the parts on any device, the simpler, and the more reliable. The cheaper, too, mostly.
Recently, a friend was complaining to me about his phone misbehaving. The problem had to do with the power button which fails intermittently. When the screen display times out, pressing the power button to turn on the screen often fails.
This made it imperative for him to always have another phone with credit around, to call the defective phone, before he can unlock and make use if it.
Obviously, this is mightily inconvenient.
Luckily, this friend uses an Android phone. With any other phone like WindowsPhone or iOS, this would have meant taking the phone to a phone repairer to rectify the power button problem.
But, as always, Android with its infinite tweakability was able to solve the problem elegantly.
By making use of an Automation Android application like “AutomaGic” (available on the Google Play Store), this problem was summarily solved.. (Note that other similar apps like “Tasker”, “AutomateIt” can also solve this problem). By the way, it is this level of versatility on Android that has kept me glued to the platform since coming onboard. Until other platforms emulate this, they would trail regarding getting certain things done.
AutomaGic (have a look sometime) was configured to turn off/on the screen (toggle) when the screen is held facing down. If the screen is already OFF, holding the smartphone face down turns it ON. If it is
already ON, holding it facing down turns the screen OFF.
That way, the. power button takes a permanent holiday.
For a device that allows the setting of specific times to turn the device on or off (automatically) . it means you don’t ever have to touch the power button again.
Regarding the camera button (if there is one), and the volume key(s), you can also utilize the power of the Android Operating System to ensure those buttons also go on permanent holidays.
As regards the Camera Button, you can simply setup an Automation App like “Tasker” or “AutomaGic” to launch the camera app when a specific action occurs (like covering the proximity sector for three seconds,
Ditto, the volume keys. To increase or decrease the volume of the device, there are innumerable software methods to ensure you never touch those.
This brings one to the logical question. Do we really still need hardware buttons anymore on smartphones and tablets.? Yes, the QWERTY hardware have been eschewed by practically all the smartphone
manufacturers (except, perhaps, BlackBerry) . But do we still need any of the volume and camera keys hardware, anymore? Can’t everything be implemented electronically /electrically?
A mechanical item is inherently subject to failure, so getting rid of anything mechanical is a welcome. development. Additionally, it would reduce the weight and manufacturing cost of mobile devices, no matter how marginally .
Perhaps, some day soon, manufacturers would make phones that would be totally devoid of ANY moving part, thus increasing their durability and reliability, as the mechanical portion is the Achille’s Heel of any device.
Meanwhile, if you are not on Android, you are backing the wrong horse. If you are on Android, keep on being smart. Problems that would stymie others on other platforms have no power over you.
Can somebody say, Amen?