Keypads may be passe soon, touch is the future

Keypads may be passe soon, touch is the future


New Delhi: 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 the 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 touch screen 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 be young people who not only look for style, colour and design but also for the latest user friendly technology", says Anil Arora, business broup head, GSM of LG India.

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

Significantly, in LG’s lineup of premium range of products for the coming year the concept of touch screens is a priority, Arora says.