29 April 2019
Google seems to be finally bringing its answer to Apple’s 3D Touch on iOS. According to Android Q documentation, the name of this tech that would work on Android phones is “Deep press.” You have known this tech as Force Touch or 3D Touch in iOS language. The Deep press will allow unique responses to occur when a user presses the display harder than usual.
The documentation says that “the current event stream represents the user intentionally pressing harder on the screen,” and that Deep press should “be used to accelerate the long press behavior.”
A couple of custom implementations of this feature have already been available, but Android Q will bring the native support for it.
Currently, it’s unknown how this feature will be implemented in Android Q and if any additional hardware requirement under the screen for sensing the pressure is necessary. But the 3D Touch on iOS uses pressure sensors to add another method of input to Apple’s devices.
With Android 9 Pie, a few features were lifted from iOS and now this seems to be continuing in Android Q as well. At least one of them, which is a major upgrade.
The 3D Touch on iOS recognizes different levels of force being applied to the display. The 3D Touch isn’t only available to iPhones but also Apple Watch and MacBooks too. On the iPhone the 3D Touch lets you access shortcuts, right from the Home screen; preview content and take actions on it, pressing further deeper, the user can pop into the content in the app, switch apps, animate Live Photos, vary stroke width, and more.
It’s expected that the Pixel 4 may feature this new Deep press feature. The launch is expected in October, a few months after we expect the Android Q stable version.