RIP home button? Galaxy S8 may have all-screen design
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RIP home button? Galaxy S8 may have all-screen design

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Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 phone could sport an all-screen design, ditching the physical home button and having hardly any bezel frame around the edge. We've heard this report before from a publication in South Korea. But now Bloomberg is backing it up with its own sources, saying that the home button is going to be virtual, buried in the glass in the lower part of the phone. The only screen display is said to wrap around the edges. 2017 may be the year we say goodbye to the smartphone home button because Apple is also rumored to be working on something similar for its tenth anniversary iPhone. That it's Samsung comes out with this first, Apple may need something else to seem unique. But Samsung on the other hand has a more complex challenge after the Note 7 recall disaster with phones catching fire, the company needs to regain the trust of its customers. Samsung may not beat Apple to the punch if the company takes more time to conduct safety tests. It has been reported that a rush to beat Apple with aggressive design specs is what got Samsung in trouble in the first place when it did not catch the problem- That made the Note 7 prone to overheating. For consumers, assurances about safety may take priority over cool screens. I'm Bridget Carey for all the hottest tech news at the CNET.COM.

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