Android N Will Support 3D Touch Pressure-Sensitive Displays, Gets Fully-Integrated Virtual Reality And More [Video]

Google seems have borrowed several features from Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. One of which is the 3D Touch pressure sensitive screen technology and other popular key features from the iOS. Google has made available to download Android N Developer preview 2 last week, bringing with it new Launcher shortcuts, Vulkn API and Unicode9 emojis. Support for “Launcher shortcuts” is probably the most exciting new thing in the latest beta for the upcoming Android N OS. It allows developers to “define shortcuts that suers can expose in the launcher to help them perform actions quicker,” similar to what the owners of iPhone 6s does in its launcher: get a pop-up menu that lets you jump directly into a more specific part of your app. Like that, now it seems to be revealing the iPhone 6s Plus’s 3D Touch display for its Androiod N operating system, but won’t be calling it “3D Touch”, though.


Updates to Android N Dps have uncovered some greatest new titbits such as new emojis, and better app folders, where users would be interested in learning how Android may start using iPhone-like 3D Touch support. Android N is utterly going to integrate pressure-sensitive (3D Touch) screen on their upcoming devices to make it easier for makers create their own 3D displays. While Apple’s 3D Touch is obviously its own branding, and “support for pressure-sensitive screens” is an awful thing to have to write over and over again.

It is also found that Android N-powered devices will also offer deeper integration of virtual reality for developer, as per these details. Technically, you can get more on this from Phandroid, which teamed up with the developer of Nova Launcher to test out the new “setDynamicShortcuts(List)” feature. This gist makes use of Launchert Shortcuts – gestures and design, and the swipe down gestures to launch these shortcuts, but there’s no clear idea on how that particular shortcut gets activated, nevertheless, that method probably makes the most sense is a pressure-sensitive screen, as per The Verge.

On this matter, Google says “the manufacturers who build Android devices wanted this use case addressed by the OS itself — probably so they wouldn’t have to develop their own methods individually.” Will see more devices like Huawei Mate S with pressure-sensitive screens and they will more likely to get 3rd-party developer support because they can code for all Android devices instead of reinventing the pressure-sensitive wheel or each OEM.

Apart the aforemoentioned, according to latest report Google is also planning to launch its own Gear VR-style headset and an individual headset that doesn’t requirte a smartphone. Spotted that the second developer preview of Android N contains references to VR Listener and VR Helper apps. In the Settings string, it also shows up a “permissions warning” related to the VR service that says a given app “will be able to run when you are using applications in virtual reality mode”. (Via: Ars Technica)


This is not all, but we can get more details to learn about VR integration support in Android N on or before Google I/O keynote next month.

You can follow our detailed guide here to get go started: How To Install Android N Preview OTA Update Via Android Beta Program [The Easy Way].

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