[AI] Keypads may be passe soon, touch is the future

Rahul Gambhir rahulgambhir.ster at gmail.com
Sun Mar 16 17:06:34 EDT 2008


Keypads may be passe soon, touch is the future

    New Delhi (PTI): Mere touch is enough for them to respond and in some cases even a tilt will do!

Out to grab the growing market, especially the youth segment, mobile handset manufacturers are flooding market space with snazzy devices.

With manufacturers of handsets planning to introduce devices that are 'touch', 'motion', 'shake' and even 'rotation' sensitive, keypads and buttons might
soon be a thing of the past, say industry experts.

If the recently concluded 'Mobileasia' 2008, where manufacturers displayed their latest and yet to be launched products was any indication, the next couple
of years will see touchscreen devices taking centrestage, they say.

The idea behind introducing touch screens on a larger scale is to provide consumers an interactive and intuitive interface that attracts youth who form
the major chunk of mobile users, say the industry people.

"A majority of people buying and using mobile phones in the next 15 to 20 years will young people who not only look for style, colour and design but also
for latest and user friendly technology", says Anil Arora, Business Group Head, GSM of LG India.

"We are offering touch-screen devices for the segment of buyers looking for interactive handsets that do away with push-button types", he adds.

Significantly, in LG's lineup of premium range of products for the coming year the concept of touchscreens is a priority, Arora says.
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Rahul Gambhir

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