virtual home button

virtual home button

A home button on a smartphone, tablet or other electronic device that is an icon on the touchscreen. Tapping the home button displays the start screen. Contrast with a "physical home button," which is hardware and must be depressed. See home button.


Physical and Virtual
An iPhone has a physical home button but can also display a series of virtual buttons as one of its accessibility functions. These six white icons are displayed by tapping a single button that always remains on screen when the virtual feature is activated.
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UNCHANGED: The S9 features the same screen, same virtual home button and same battery capacity as the S8.
However, the company limited the functionality of the feature to a small portion surrounding the virtual home button.
The new OS's main feature is a floating navigation dock that puts a virtual home button on the screen that can be moved anywhere, which is particularly useful on the home-button-less Mate 10 Pro.
The software had details of a phone with a new all-screen design, but also included references to a virtual home button that would disappear when not needed, as well as a facial recognition system which could well replace the fingerprint scanner incorporated into the current iPhone home button.
Samsung opted to move its fingerprint sensor to the back of its 2017 flagships to introduce a thin-bezel infinity display with an 18:9:5 aspect ratio and a virtual home button. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 were both rumored to feature display embedded fingerprint sensor prior to launch; however, Samsung has had trouble perfecting the feature for mass production.
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The inclusion of facial recognition technology, wireless charging, a vertically aligned dual-camera module, a (http://www.ibtimes.com/apple-iphone-8-virtual-home-button-explained-latest-homepod-firmware-discovery-2577016) virtual home button among many other things has also caused a huge buzz for Apple's next flagship ahead of the Sept.
While this was made clear by earlier reports and leaks, details on how the virtual home button behaves or works were left out. 
The new device will likely adopt the same infinity display and virtual home button introduced on the Galaxy S8.
Consumers can likely expect specs including a dual camera, a rear fingerprint sensor, a virtual home button, thin bezels for the display and a shiny body.
Google helped usher in the virtual home button device with the original Pixel and Pixel XL and will likely continue the design with the upcoming device.
Meanwhile, it would feature a virtual home button embedded into the device's display.