Fury Friday: Mobile devices without copy and paste

Summary:Fury Friday: I'll be jumping on the soapbox each Friday and letting rip into the things of the week that have annoyed the living daylights out of me. This week: mobile devices without copy and paste

Every Friday, I'll be jumping on the soapbox and letting rip into the things of the week that have annoyed the living daylights out of me. Think of a dumbed down version of Peter Griffin's 'Grind my Gears'

When the iPhone 3.0 update arrived early last year, the buzz was like no other. There was so much hype and excitement, partly and mostly because one crucial feature was added to the device: cut, copy and paste.

BlackBerry's have had copy and paste for years, just as the Treo and Windows Mobile devices. It was built into the mobile operating system and allows users to work transiently on their mobile, away from the computer.

But though Windows Mobile had copy and paste, the new and improved Windows Phone 7 with an overhauled user interface and name, though vastly still the same, will be updated soon with the missing copy and paste feature.

Why did it not have it in there by standard when it was released initially?

Considering it's a touch screen device, it is arguably more difficult to type than that of a mobile QWERTY-keyboard, let alone a standard one. Plus, the vast majority of devices allow 'windows' and applications to run behind others, making task switching possible. Therefore, it would be wise to install a copy and paste function to rip text from one place and then to another.

Even as a non-developer, the code must be relatively minimal. I can't think for the life of me why there are still phones out there being released in the second decade in of a new millennium which still don't have such a rudimentary function.


Topics: Smartphones, Hardware, Mobility, Networking


Zack Whittaker is a writer-editor for ZDNet, and sister sites CNET and CBS News. He is based in the New York newsroom. His PGP key is: EB6CEEA5.

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