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HTC says bye bye to QWERTY keypads on phones

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 21 Apr 2012 10:43 User comments (9)

HTC says bye bye to QWERTY keypads on phones HTC has announced this week that it has no more plans to create phones with QWERTY keypads.
While the company has been focusing on touchscreen designs for years now, there were the occasional devices with full keyboards for those who are fans of hitting actual buttons rather than simulated versions.

The company's last QWERTY-sporting design was the "Facebook phone," the ChaCha, which failed miserably despite its deep integration to the social network.

As a struggling smartphone maker, HTC recently released their quarterly earnings for the Q1 2012, and they were not pretty. For the quarter, revenues were NT$67,790 million (about $2.3 billion), a full 35 percent decrease year-over-year. Quarter-over-quarter, the company saw an equally bad fall, down from NT$101.42 billion ($3.43 billion) in the Q4 2011.

HTC recently launched their One line of smartphones, each of which has come with rock solid reviews. The new devices, along with the company's recent purchases of Beats Audio, SyncTV and MOG give hope the smartphone maker can regain some footing in the ever-competitive mobile phone market.

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9 user comments

121.4.2012 19:08

I don't know why more consumer products manufacturers haven't dumped the QWERTY keyboard.

QWERTY was developed for typewriters because ABC... caused the hammers to stick together. Abc and so on are the most common keys used.


221.4.2012 21:52

finally moving on

322.4.2012 1:20
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This is not moving on, this is chronological snobbery. The fact that the keyboard predates the touchscreen is not evidence that the keyboard is inferior. There's still no touchscreen that's even close to good enough for typing.

423.4.2012 8:03

working with computers for my job having to look for an alpha keyboard rather than a qwerty one means i never use an alpha. my fingers know where the keys are. prefer qwerty after 30 years using them

523.4.2012 10:14

Back in the late '70's and early '80's I was supervisor of Tab products company data entry division. They missed the boat when the IBM i8088 PC was released trying to keep an 80 column 200 pound keypunch and key to disk which sported an 8" floppy disk alive. The 8" floppy was a Seagate which weighed a hefty 20 or so pounds.

Shipped machines thru out the US and EU. QWERTY and EBCDIC keyboards were the norm. However even way back when I questioned the usefulness of such dated keyboard standards.


This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 23 Apr 2012 @ 10:16

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623.4.2012 11:48

because qwerty is still taught in schools which is why it is still being used.

77.5.2012 20:26

Qwerty keyboards were developed with letters that commonly go together close to each other. Once you learn where the keys are it is much faster typing than with an abc keyboard.

87.5.2012 23:13

wrong, qwerty keyboards were designed to slow a a typist down on the old manual typewriters as a person can type faster then the mechanical linkages can & the keys get jammed up. ever hear of a dorvak keyboard as laid out differently from a qwerty keyboard?

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 07 May 2012 @ 23:14

914.5.2012 9:28

I prefer phones with the physical keyboard. Makes it easier to type without looking directly at the phone constantly.

According to Wikipedia "A popular myth is that QWERTY was designed to "slow down" typists though this is incorrect it was designed to prevent jams while typing at speed, allowing typists to type faster"

I think the idea is that they placed the most used keys away from each other to keep them from jamming together when typing fast.

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