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IHS: 25% of new smartphones launched next year will feature a Force Touch type display

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IHS: 25% of new smartphones launched next year will feature a Force Touch type display
Next year, we should see more and more smartphones come to market with a fingerprint scanner. And pressure-sensitive screens are beginning to become a regular feature, too. According to IHS, 25% of all new intelligent handsets launched in 2016 will come with a Force Touch style display. This feature allows the screen to distinguish between a light touch, a regular touch, and a heavy touch on the glass.

Each different touch can launch something different. Apple's 3D Touch uses a light touch to "peek" into an application, while a heavy tap will "pop" the user into that feature. For example, a light touch can allow a user to see a preview of an email, while a heavy touch will open up that email on the screen.

Besides the Apple Watch, Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus, the Huawei Mate S also comes with a Force Touch capability. The feature is different from the long touch widely used on other phones. The latter is based on the amount of time that the screen is pressed, while Force Touch depends on the strength of the tap on the screen.

IHS says shipments of Force Touch modules will rise 317% to 461 million units next year. The research firm sees the module placed inside high-to mid-range phones launched next year. The research firm says that Apple's use of Force Touch on the Apple Watch, and 3D Touch on its latest handsets, are behind the decision by handset manufacturers to include the feature on their own phones. And this has led to the increased production of the modules by the supply chain.

In addition, production of in-cell and on-cell displays will increase over the next few years. Both allow for thinner displays. According to Calvin Hsieh, director of touch and user interface research for IHS, shipments of in-cell and on-cell panels will account for 40% of all mobile phone touch panel deliveries this year, rising to 50% in 2018.


source: Digitimes

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posted on 20 Dec 2015, 00:23 9

1. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2948; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Yeah That's A Given, After Apple Makes Something Popular Every Other Big Oem Integrates The Same Shit Into Their Device As Well. Though Unlike Fingerprint I Actually Think Force Touch Is Awesome.

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 01:07 6

5. vincelongman (Posts: 4734; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


And since Synaptics (one of the biggest touch controller makers) has add this to their controllers
So it would be pretty dumb for OEMs not to utilize it

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 01:40 1

10. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2948; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Yeah I'm A Huge Smartphone Gamer, So I Can't Wait To See How Force Touch Changes The Game So Many Possibilities.

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 02:00 10

12. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


and that mate showed it first but apple fans had nothing for the new phone so as ushual apple waited 3 years to copy samsungs gimmick peek by hovering your finger over an item to see whats in it then activate it by pressing on it, but all of samsungs gimmicks become apples money screens big screens dual and quad core soc and pens and iphone 6 design and everything else.
a, not trolling i just want apple users to know where apples ideas come from and they are not the holy sprint or whatever u believe in

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 02:46 2

17. Elfmonster (unregistered)


Why hasn't Android rushed out a long-press simulation yet? Has Android been caught this flat-footed regarding this tech?

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 07:35

35. Spedez (Posts: 473; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Do You Really Have To Write Every Word With Capital Letters? Couldn't Be More Annoying.

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 08:05 1

36. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4618; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Android has had long press for quite awhile now, force touch (from what I understand) doesn't just look for you to hold finger for a predetermined amount of time, it measures the pressure as well. So different pressures get you different things.

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 09:46

44. bur60 (Posts: 869; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


No they don't. They do because synaptics offer it.

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 10:07 2

45. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Other develot it
> Nobody cares
Apple uses it
> People start buying because its in a apple product
The rest start to use it too because is popular now

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 10:58 5

47. j2001m (Posts: 2993; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


The joke of this is Samsung and Synoptics have been working on this way before Apple added it to there phone and it's also not going to add 20 grams of weight to the phone, Samsung had patens for this from 2014, Apple just added it 1st plus if Samsung will have done it 1st all reviews will have just said it's a gimmick and so On, like when they added airview and it was Apple adding all the gimmicks this year to sell there new phone and they all said nothing at all. All good

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 11:23 4

49. nctx77 (Posts: 2136; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Apple had a working product with forced touch that was announced and revealed in 2014 called the Apple Watch. Here you are talking about a patent from Samsung in the same year lol!

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 14:29 3

52. tedkord (Posts: 12857; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


And Google had APIs for it baked natively into Android since 2009. Here you are talking about a product from Apple in 2014 lol!

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 15:36 3

55. Ninetysix (Posts: 2504; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I heard they also have a time machine API baked in! Whoever invents a real time machine is just copying Google.

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 15:57 1

56. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Wait, so Google had APIs since 2009 and not a single OEM had the balls to introduce hardware to use it until 2016? Not even Google with their Nexus line?

Maybe they've been working with force displays all this time and it just takes 7 years to get the technology right, who knows

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 16:37 3

57. willard12 (Posts: 1820; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Android takes its time and gets it right. Google doesn't rush things to the market until the technology is there. Google waits until the product is "polished" before releasing it.

I've got about 7 more Apple inspired clich├ęs. But, you can just pick whichever one of these you like and go with it.

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 17:02 4

58. Ninetysix (Posts: 2504; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Except some company running Android showed a demo of a half-ass version of force touch just to beat Apple to the punch by a week. That was 3 months ago and their product is still nowhere to be found. Android takes its time and gets it right my ass...hahahaha. One of the funniest things I've read all day.

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 17:24 2

59. Ordinary (Posts: 2393; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Read brosephine

http://www.ebay.com/itm/in-stock-Huawei-Mate-S-Octa-core-Fingerprint-LTE-Phone-5-5-FHD-32GB-64GB-128GB-/291557674116?var=&hash=item43e2310c84:m:mXERrsQ5BLuFJxHtolPTogg

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 17:30 1

62. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


You're exactly right. The Huawei Mate S was announced before the iPhone 6S, but their use of Force Touch is a total joke. It's clear that Huawei rushed development to beat Apple to the punch but people like Willard12 thinks it took them 7 years to produce that crap. So much for waiting until the product is "polished"

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 19:05 2

68. tedkord (Posts: 12857; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No, the tech wasn't ready yet. Had nothing to do with "balls." This just shows that it wasn't something Apple came up with out of thin air.

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 19:11 2

69. tedkord (Posts: 12857; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Oh, BTW, Samsung's patent was GRANTED in 2014. It was filled February 8, 2013. Well before the iWatch was released or announced.

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 19:13 4

70. tedkord (Posts: 12857; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Apparently, HTC already has the time machine API, since the M7 is apparently a copy of the iPhone 6 (or so I keep hearing).

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 19:23 2

71. Ninetysix (Posts: 2504; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Let's test the API shall we.
--Download the apphttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.casual_dev.forcetouch&hl=en
--press the screen and note the number
--press the screen with the same amount of force but with more skin touching and note the number

Notice the 2nd time it gave you a higher number even if you put the same amount of force. This is because the API measures the surface area instead and not the amount of force. This will be fixed when the Android manufacturers copy Apple's implementation.

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 19:54 1

72. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 11679; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Filed*

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 20:37

73. JunitoNH (Posts: 1930; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


They say the same stupid thing all the time.

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 21:10

76. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


"the tech wasn't ready yet"
- Another weak argument. Maybe the tech wasn't ready back in 2009, but it's definitely been ready for quite some time now. And now suddenly 25% of new smartphones next year are expected to include Force Touch. That's a lot of phones.

I have no problem with the OEMs following Apple's lead like they did with fingerprint sensors (after all, Apple often follows Android too), I'm just hoping that they come up with a clever/unique way to use force display as opposed to imitating Apple's features and user interface. The Huawei Mate S is a perfect example of Force Touch pre-iPhone 6S, let's see how all the OEMs are going to use it post-iPhone 6S.

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 00:32 6

2. zeeBomb (Posts: 2256; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


And people said force touch a gimmick...

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 02:01 5

13. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


stolen gimmick and copy even facebook and a few others offer this as a software change

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 02:20 9

16. Rafishant (Posts: 317; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)


Stop spreading crappy comments.
No one would have thought about touch force display if Apple didn't include it in its iPhone.
It is just a fact, Apple starts a trend and all follow.

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 03:01 10

19. ibend (Posts: 5744; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


yeah right, even huawei wont ever though about it, and synaptics wont bother develope it either /s

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 03:30

21. vincelongman (Posts: 4734; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


http://www.chipworks.com/about-chipworks/overview/blog/force-touch-technology-intellectual-property-perspective

Yep, plenty of companies having been developing force touch years

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