did Philips changed the layout of the Philips remote control?

I have the following:

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Someone, who bought a BDP9600, got the following remote:

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As one can see, there is no outer ring, color buttons are moved to the top, |< and >| are moved next to stop, and stop also indicates the eject functionality.

Any reasons why it was renewed?

And why the hell it's again a plastic remote control for such an expensive BDP? This does not fit!