Android Hardware Button Order

John Gruber at Daring Fireball:

Those who prefer Android, I’m sure, don’t see this as a big deal at all — let “the market” determine in what order these buttons should be. Those who prefer iOS find it appalling — Google should have done the work at the outset of determining the one true order for these buttons.

By this Gruber means:

  • Back, Menu, Search, Home on the Nexus S.
  • Back, Menu, Home, Search on the Nexus One.
  • Menu, Home, Back, Search on the Samsung Captivate.
  • Home, Menu, Back, Search on the HTC EVO 4G.

All four have different Android hardware button orders.