Google has been long rumored to add Apple s 3D Touch-like native support on its own operating system with Android N. Even the official documentation for the second preview release of Android N had suggested the new OS will come with a similar feature allowing developers to optimize their apps accordingly. But new reports suggest Google is going to delay the roll out of the feature in the initial release of Android N. Also Read - Jio-Google partnership: JioPhone Next to new 5G collaboration, here are 5 key takeawaysAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go powered by Intel Jasper Lake Celeron processor revealed
There s no information on whether Google is going to completely ditch the feature, but it is being speculated that it could be part of later updates to Android N or in a newer iteration altogether. Right now, there are a few Android-based smartphones such as the Gionee Elife S8, Huawei Mate S and ZTE Axon Mini that come with Apple s 3D Touch like pressure sensitive displays. Also Read - Free COVID-19 vaccine: Today’s Google Doodle urges all to get vaccinated, wear mask
According to a recent rumor, the upcoming HTC Nexus along with smartphones from brands like Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and Meizu are likely to come with 3D Touch-like support in the near future. With such large scale adoption, pressure-sensitive features are expected to be a standard later this year or perhaps starting next year.
Hardware wise, these kind of pressure-sensitive displays are important for enabling such feature, but without OS-level support it will become difficult for smartphone makers and users to make most of it. If rolled out, developers can optimize their existing and newer apps for pressure-sensitive displays with much ease.
Apple had launched the pressure sensitive displays with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Called the 3D Touch, the technology changes the way you interact with the smartphone. With different pressures on the display, you can quickly access key features of the applications. Initially available for select apps, later several third party applications such as Instagram, Google Chrome and Twitter among others embraced Apple s 3D Touch.
Apple is expected to improve the 3D Touch functionality in the near future with newer functionalities. According to a recent report, Apple may integrate 3D Touch support onto the home button of its future iPhones. There are also possibility Apple may completely do away with a home button, which doubles up as fingerprint scanner, from future iPhones, and put it all together in the display itself.