Microsoft Should Restrict Windows Phone OEMs From Changing The Functionality Of Hardware Keys

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All Windows Phone devices had an uniform core platform user experience, one of the main reasons behind it was the  home/back/search button requirements for Windows Phone OEMs from Microsoft. With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft enabled OEMs to have software keys instead of capacitive hardware keys which will allow them to save costs. In the recently released Xolo Q900s Windows Phone device, the functionality of hardware keys got changed.

Usually, pressing the right hardware key will open search experience while the left key is used for back and multi-tasking. But in this device, you have the opposite where you will long press right key for multitasking and press left key for search. We are not sure whether this is a bug from Xolo or they intentionally designed this way. Either way, Microsoft should fix this issue because it offers bad experience to old Windows Phone users who got used to the old arrangement and functionality of hardware keys.

Find how it works on Xolo Win Q900s after the break.

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