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Paul Thurrott outlines various things he has heard (single-source) about Windows Phone 8.1. The one that seems to have people worked up is this:
No more Back button. Aping the iPhone navigation model, Microsoft will apparently remove the Back button from the Windows Phone hardware specification with 8.1. The Back button just doesn’t make sense, I was told: Users navigate away from an app by pressing the Start button and then open a new app, just like they do on iPhone. And the “back stack” is ill-understood by users: Most don’t realize what they’re doing when they repeatedly hit the Back button.
Links to UX/UI studies of the use of the Back button welcomed.
These [Google Now] cards are extremely important to understanding where Google is heading with not only search, but with all of its various services (the card interface is now incorporated into Google’s “knowledge graph” …read more
Source: Guardian Technology