One of the most talked-about features on Apple s new iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus is the 3D Touch display . This feature adds a whole new level of interaction to the smartphone s UI, and not surprisingly rumors about Xiaomi and Samsung adopting this technology for their Android smartphones have started surfacing online. If the TouchID fingerprint sensor was any indication of how a new feature is being adopted across platforms, it won t be long before quite a few Android smartphones boasting 3D Touch display. Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhanaAlso Read - OnePlus Nord CE vs Redmi Note 10 Pro Max: Does 4G still outdo 5G at a lesser price?
Chinese leakster Leaksfly (via GforGames) claims that Xiaomi will be using a technology similar to Apple s 3D Touch on its future smartphones. It is however unclear if Xiaomi is developing its own technology, or if it plans on adopting Synaptics Clear Force technology. The basic premise of Synaptics technology is similar to 3D Touch, and the company is extending this technology to other companies manufacturing Android devices. With no clear timeline, it is difficult to speculate if the forthcoming Mi 5 will be the first device in Xiaomi s portfolio to boast this feature. Also Read - Xiaomi is hiding the front camera on its next Mi flagship smartphone
Huawei is one of the first companies to adopt this technology, with its recently launched Mate S boasting what the company calls Knuckle Sense 2.0 . Just like Apple s 3D Touch feature, Huawei s technology is able to recognize different pressure points on the smartphone s display. Samsung too is rumored to be integrating this technology this technology into the Galaxy S7. The company is expected to unveil its flagship smartphone as early as January next year.
Let s do a quick recap on how Apple s 3D Touch actually works and how it is different from long press found on Android smartphones. Apple has embedded a bunch of capacitive sensors into the backlight of the Retina HD display, which measure the minutest of changes in the distance between the glass and the backlight. Combined with signals from the touch sensor and accelerometer, Apple has been able to implement gestures like peep and pop .
On Android s long press, the UI reacts to the duration for which you had pressed the display, while in the case of 3D Touch, the UI reacts to the amount of force or pressure that you apply to the screen tap, press, or hard press. The big advantage 3D Touch has over the traditional long press is the speed at which the UI reacts and a user can perform an action.
For example, one can press lightly on something to get a peep at the content, or continue pressing it to pop into the content itself. Pressing and holding on the camera icon, will pop up options like take a selfie, record video, record slo-mo or take a photo. On the Mail app, lightly pressing on an email will give you a short glimpse at the mail, while continuing to press it will open the mail itself.
This technology not only effectively utilizes the smartphone display s real estate, but also makes navigation much easier. Ease of navigation is an important aspect considering the growth in display sizes, and the thinning of the line differentiating a phablet and tablet.
With more companies adopting this technology, it could be one of the highlight features on the flagship devices launching next year. More ever, wide adoption will also lead to more innovative use of the technology. Currently, only a few Apple apps and third-party apps like Hipstamatic Camera, Twitter, Evernote, Dropbox, and WhatsApp are leveraging this technology. Once more devices boast this feature, expect other developers to get on board as well.