Friday, 20 April 2012

HTC to retire QWERTY from its future plans


HTC is very confident it knows what you want. In addition to thin models, HTC is also reportedly done with QWERTY keyboards on its smartphones. The folks over at Pocket-lint are reporting that, at the Frequencies event in Seattle, HTC’s design team made it clear that they are moving away from physical keyboards and concentrating all of their efforts on touchscreens.

The majority of HTC’s hits have been touchscreen devices. It did release the HTC ChaCha last summer, which has a physical keyboard and a dedicated Facebook button. Unfortunately for QWERTY fans, the device’s reception was mediocre at best and that may have something to do with HTC’s decision to abandon physical keyboards altogether.

While there are still a few holdouts that long for the touch of actual keys as they type, touchscreens and virtual keyboards have come a long way, and, overall, seem welcomed by the majority of consumers.