Apple has for the first time introduced 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus range of hardware and in terms of how users interact with displayed content on a smartphone, this feature is far beyond a game-changer. With a pressure-sensitive interaction is likely to pick up in a big way sooner rather than later, as the latest resports suggesting that Google itself is working on introducing support for such a feature into Android 7.0 N, the next major mobile OS update of the Android operating system. Rumor already there regarding HTC working on the 2016 Nexus offering, which will be fully supporting an iPhone-like 3D Touch display.
Introduction of Android N is however not expected in any form for at least another couple of months, though, we have some details, which doesn’t prevent us from trying to learn about potential inclusions, and to get an understanding of the real next-gen integrations that Google actually planning to bring when the open-source platform is ready and unveiled.
Continuous discussions were done in the final quater of 2015, that Samsung would instantly use pressure sensitive interaction paradigm with a 3D Touch-esque inclusion of its own within the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Vivid, but the things are bit changed and appears that will be charging with the arrival of a new Nexus handset from HTC which will be running Androd N out-of-the-box.
Reportedly Google has employed the services of HTC to produce a 2016 Nexus smartphone that will ship pre-installed Android N on-board. If that’s the case, then it’s highly likely that the rumored device would become the first piece of kit to implement pressure sensitive interaction using Google’s own native implementation of Apple’s 3D Touch feature within Android N ecosystem. Not only Google and HTC, but there’s additional OEMs being added to the fire here as well, with suggestions that Xiaomi, Meizu, OPPO and Vivo are all in the process of developing hardware that will come fully interated with a pressure-sensitive display, and all belongs to China and its manufacturing units.
Worth noting that tis type of integration within Android N support doesn’t automatically carry forward that makers can offer pressure-sensitive navigation and calls to action without any additional workout. This feature still needs to be backed up with a display on a device that is capable of detecting varying pressure types, and essentially handling that detection and data across to the OS to perform an action. Companies from the Chinese units although like Gionee and Huawei have released devices that mimic pressure sensitive displays, but without true native support within the underlying OS, which is certainly hard to dramatically increase the overall user-experience across the board.
Finally the point here is that Google’s next Nexus phone in 2016 to feature an Apple’s iPhone 6s-like 3D touch (pressure-sensitive) functionality. What you say about it, and whatsoever about other OEMs planning to equip.
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