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A glimpse of the future

Back in December, Google's Android boss Andy Rubin showed off the first tablet designed for Honeycomb, the tablet version of Android. (It was the tablet we came to know as the Motorola Xoom.) It was notable not just for the software, but the hardware - for there were no buttons to be seen. Not so much as a home button, like the iPad has.

We now know that it's part of Honeycomb's schtick to do all button-y operations with on-screen icons (except on and off, which still does require a button). Well, since then Google has announced Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Android, which will bring Honeycomb's features to phones. And that means, it seems, phones without buttons.

Like this one. Who knows if it's real, but the website TechHog got its hands on some leaked photos of what they reckon could be the next Nexus handset. And look ma, no buttons!

Is this the future? Well, you have to take these things with a pinch of salt, but it does certainly seem likely that Ice Cream Sandwich phones will be button-free. Why don't they just beam the internet straight into our brains, and be done with it?

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