Apr 13 AT 2:50 AM Taylor Wimberly 30 Comments

Which upcoming Android phone is black, red, or white and features a Genius button?

Genius logo.

Major props go to AndroidGuys for uncovering the “Genius Button” on the leaked pics of the upcoming myTouch Slide. Instead of the traditional search button on HTC Android phones, we now have a new G logo. T-Mobile has apparently registered a trademark on this G and already developed a matching Genius Button application.

Details are limited, but the Genius button is said to trigger the voice input. Google has been implementing more and more voice commands into the Android operating system (like “navigate to” or “post buzz”) and the myTouch Slide could feature new abilities. Google has previously used T-Mobile to launch new Android features, so maybe this device could coincide with the next firmware release.

Also unveiled today was the fact that the myTouch Slide will come in three colors which include black, red, and white. This is no major surprise since the original T-Mobile myTouch 3G also shipped with similar options.

The Slide is rumored for a May 17 launch, so expect more details to be revealed soon. We are hearing some interesting rumors on the CPU speed (600-750 MHz), so it will be refreshing to see exactly which processor model was used. Early speculation said the Slide would feature an ARM11 based chipset, but maybe we will see a Cortex-A8 design instead (so it can support Flash 10.1).

p.s. Speaking of button layouts, why does HTC randomly rotate the order of back, home, menu, and search with every new Android device?

The Genius Button.

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Source: Android Guys

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  • http://Website bubbles

    I actually like this device with expresso, allit needs are some decent specs.

  • http://Website Mike

    Reason for the button layout change in their handsets is because there are different devices with varying form factors and they all have different audiences. Some phones will have certain keys more easily accessible depending on what its main use is supposed to be. Feel me ? Hahaha.

    So, I think, for some reasons its because of overall comfort and ease of use and then also because of what HTC thinks that, give the phone (low, mid, or high range) the user will frequent certain buttons more/less.

  • http://Website dethduck

    If the cpu is 800mhz or better I may swap in my myTouch 1.0 for this.

    • http://Website walker

      Just try to play it and feel it even It’s not 800Mhz.
      This Genious phone is really a good phone for android 2.1.
      The speed performance is good, no slugglish for usage.

      Beautiful color/resulotion display and good SW UI design.
      It’s uasful for user and you will love it when you see it.

      Let’s get it and enjoy life.

      • http://Website walker

        By the way, this is a new phone design, not as G1/Magic/Tatoo.).
        So please don’t use the old phone to compare the new one.

        Let’s go to take it and use it.
        You’ll really love it and show it to your friends what a beautiful/nice phone you have.

  • http://www.jonnylam.com Jonathan

    I think HTC just picks buttons at random. I turned on my G1 the other day for the first time in a while and kept hitting the call answer button instead of the back button out of habit.

  • http://Website Zealot

    Most htc android phones have their buttons in the direction home, menu, back, search (G1, magic, tatoo, legend, desire). In Europe, only the hero and nexus one had a different layout.

    • http://www.thisiscourtney.com Courtney

      I don’t know what G1 you’re talking about.. my G1 has call, home, back, end call

  • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

    As long as they stick with 4 buttons I’ll deal with a little remapping. I’m not feeling the 2-3 button layout we are seeing on some of the devices.

  • http://Website Alex

    I will be retiring my mytouch and getting this. I bet that TMO drops a bomb later in the year with the rumored NEXUS 2 or something better.

  • http://www.goldfishview.com David Shellabarger

    So the Genius button does the same thing as long pressing the search button?
    Maybe if you long press the Genius button you get a text search box…

  • http://Website tmob

    Fuk tmobile and their lame phones. Can we please get a phone with 1gz, 5mp or more, 512 rom/ram or more, amoled screen… and the nexus one doesn’t count.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Why does the N1 not count? It is the best phone money can buy.

      • http://Website chris

        For me the n1 didn’t count because you can’t get it in stores and they wouldn’t qualify me for upgrade pricing on it because it was sold by google, not tmo (this is what I was told by them and it irritates me)

        • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

          I suggest paying the real price for the phone instead of having it bundled into your contract. I hate hate carrier contracts and T-Mobile’s Even More Plus plans (no contract) are about $10-20 cheaper per month.

          • http://Website Chris

            I’ll have to look into that!

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  • http://www.drawbridgeleaders.com Jack

    What’s the story on the T-Mobile new phone later this year that is based on the existing NEXUS one — i.e. not the nexus two which supposedly has a physical keyboard?

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  • http://Website kelly

    not planning to switch to any of these new phones Im still enjoying my HTC Touch Diamond thanks for this post!

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    T-Mobile has apparently registered a trademark on this G and already developed a matching Genius Button application

  • http://www.squidoo.com/htc-desire-vs-desire-hd HTC desire vs Desire HD

    has been implementing more and more voice commands into the Android operating

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