Oct 30 AT 9:24 AM Taylor Wimberly 119 Comments

Matias Duarte responds to questions about on-screen buttons, lack of SD cards

Matias Duarte

Matias Duarte, Google’s head of Android User Experience, took to Google+ to answer recent questions about Android 4.2 and the Nexus 4. He gave some pretty in-depth responses, and he is still taking questions, so head over to the source link to engage. Read on after the break to see his answers on the lack of SD cards in Nexus devices and on-screen buttons in Jelly Bean.

Why did you make the system buttons and status bar consistent across all devices in Jelly Bean?

“This new configuration is based on usability research we did on all of the different form factors and screen sizes that Android runs on. What mattered most of all was muscle memory – keeping the buttons where you expect them, no matter how you hold the device.”

Why don’t Nexus devices have SD cards?

“Everybody likes the idea of having an SD card, but in reality it’s just confusing for users.”

Source: Google+

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