Published: Wed, April 10, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Android Q could support 3D Touch-like feature seen on iPhone

Android Q could support 3D Touch-like feature seen on iPhone

3D Touch allows you to bring up a context menu that allows you to quickly access functions within the app. Take for example WhatsApp.

As Kottmann states in the tweet, the exact details around how Deep Press will work are unclear. It might not be as intuitive Apple's implementation but its a feature that has been there since Android 7.1.

The description in the documents reads "it should be used to accelerate the long press behavior", suggesting that it might be replacing the existing long press. Android phones haven't had such a feature apart from long press shortcuts provided by stock and third-party launchers. That could change soon with Google possibly making pressure-sensitive gestures standard in Android Q.

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While Apple is preparing to drop the 3D touch feature from its iPhone lineup, starting with the iPhone XR, Google is implementing support for a similar feature called Deep Press in Android Q. According to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, the Cupertino company may be phasing out 3D Touch due to low usage and, more importantly, to save cost on the 3D Touch-enabled displays. There are apps which identify which parts of your finger are touching the display and Google might be able to use this as a foundation to develop Deep Press on current smartphones.

That sounds an very bad lot like the pressure sensitivity screen tech Apple has been using in the Apple Watch, MacBook trackpads and its iPhone range for years, and we've seen some Android manufacturers play with the tech in the past.

While 3D Touch has a small group of fierce partisans, the truth is that most iPhone users ignore its existence. It remains to be seen if Android manufacturers will need to add press-sensing hardware to their devices, or will the tech instead use machine learning to calculate the force being applied.

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