Following Apple’s 3D Touch for its new generation of prized iPhones, Google may have been pressured to retaliate as consumers look for handsets that sport new and innovative features. Now, according to new reports, the search engine giant is indeed working on giving Android pressure-sensitive screens.
According to a new report from The Verge, Google has just confirmed that pressure-sensitive display support will be baked deep into the Android mobile operating system because of the huge demand from smartphone manufacturers that want to equip the new feature into their handsets. With the feature embedded at the level of the operating system, manufacturers won’t have to go through all the trouble of development and support on their own.
The second developer preview of Android N gives an idea of the pressure-sensitive display panel support through the “setDynamicShortcuts(List)” feature. With the feature, shortcuts on a smartphone’s home screen will display more functions whenever a user presses a display just like how it works with the iPhone 6s pair. However, it’s not really exclusive to pressure sensitive panels and it could be activated through different means.
“Google says that 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. That means that we’ll as see more devices like Huawei’s Mate S with pressure-sensitive screens, they’ll be more likely to get 3rd-party developer support because they can code for all Android devices instead of reinventing the pressure-sensitive wheel for each OEM,” reads the report.
While it may seem to give a glimpse of what Android N has in store for the mobile operating system, it doesn’t necessarily mean that each handset will likely have the option. The update just opens up the possibilities for manufacturers to take on using capable hardware that match.