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New Nexus smartphone by HTC rumored to have 3D Touch functionality

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The Huawei Mate S took a jab at Apple's 3D Touch functionality.

The Huawei Mate S took a jab at Apple's 3D Touch functionality.


The 3D Touch feature which Apple debuted on its latest smartwatches, iPhones, and laptops is more "nice to have", rather than "essential". Neither users, nor journalists or app developers are running left and right bragging about their pressure-sensitive screens and such. Heck, an exec whose very business is selling the technology to vendors admitted it will take a good few years before the feature takes off.

Nevertheless, industry players on the side of Android must comply and provide an alternative if they want to stay competitive. While Apple is preparing its next big thing to pull through what's shaping up to be a difficult year for smartphone makers, Chinese manufacturers are toying with pressure-sensitive displays for their upcoming hero phones. Some, like ZTE and Huawei, have already pushed models with 3D Touch alternatives on the market, such as the ZTE Axon Mini and the Huawei Mate S.

Google might incorporate 3D Touch functionality as a native Android feature.

It looks like this year will continue the trend, with more Chinese manufacturers releasing smartphones with pressure-sensitive screens. According to an industry insider, high-profile brands like Xiaomi, Meizu, Oppo and Vivo are developing 3D Touch displays for their smartphones. One of the first new devices to ship with this feature is rumored to be Meizu's upcoming MX6 flagship smartphone, which is expected in the first half of 2016. The screenshot below claims to show the feature in action.

What's even more interesting is that a supposed HTC-made Nexus smartphone is expected to have this feature. The insider claims that Google actually plans to incorporate 3D Touch functionality as a native feature in Android. This will certainly help the technology become commonplace, not unlike fingerprint scanners. It will also spark manufacturers and app developers' creativity as customers expect to be able to utilize the convenient functionality in the applications they use on a daily basis.

The Meizu MX6 is rumored to have a 3D Touch interface.

The Meizu MX6 is rumored to have a 3D Touch interface.


source: Weibo via GizChina

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posted on 03 Mar 2016, 03:43 25

1. Arschsalat (banned) (Posts: 158; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


I want a Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2 or a Sony Nexus.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:41 2

34. jas0n (Posts: 54; Member since: 01 Mar 2016)


id like to see what google does building it themselves. as long as they dont put all the best hardware in a phablet again.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 09:19

46. GameKing95 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


yes i want a Pixel X

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:13

39. j2001m (Posts: 2836; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


The is why Samsung did not add in the s7

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:49

71. Settings (Posts: 1496; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Coz they want it on the next flagship so that fans will still have to buy it, just like Apple

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 14:02 1

57. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


HTC made the original Nexus. It's cool to see HTC might make a new Nexus. I like the Samsung idea, a Sony might be cool as well.

I am really digging a HTC made Nexus!!!

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 16:53

68. greyarea (Posts: 173; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)


One of a few of the articles today not about samsung and of coarse first comment. More samsung/sony. Fanboys don't let up.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:00 2

2. Wiencon (Posts: 1816; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


What a surprise

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 05:21 11

21. tedkord (Posts: 10640; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It's fair. Nearly every new feature in iOS the past few years has been copied from Android, including the biggest one, Apple Pay.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:20 5

32. medicci37 (Posts: 1271; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Apple & Android copy each other

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:45 23

35. catze86 (Posts: 691; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


No, you are wrong
If Apple Copy Android.. The Headlines are "Apple wait the technologies mature first".
If Android Copy Apple... The Headlines are "Samsung stole Apple iPhone features......Again"

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:06 8

37. Akuma10 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Sep 2015)


I believe google wallet was around first, then came Apple pay.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:25 4

42. Ninetysix (Posts: 2340; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Is that why Google renamed it to Android Pay and added fingerprint support?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 11:38 3

51. tedkord (Posts: 10640; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


What's that got to do with the fact that Apple wholesale copied it from Android?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 14:43 2

60. Ordinary (Posts: 2210; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Apple Pay-Android Pay. Which is OS and which is a name of a company?

Btw I dont know how people were using fingerprint on atrix 4g and on.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 15:12 2

62. Ninetysix (Posts: 2340; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I don't know how the Atrix 4g users used their fingerprint scanner with Google Wallet either broseph. Lots of magic and unicorn dust maybe. Time travel perhaps?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 15:55 2

64. Ordinary (Posts: 2210; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


>using fingerprint on atrix 4g

Not google wallet. Fingerprint scanner.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 15:59 2

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


It's funny how everyone bashed the iPhone 5S when it launched with a fingerprint sensor. Now this "gimmick" has become fundamental and a no-brainer inclusion for every top smartphone.

Just a couple of weeks ago they were bashing 3D Touch and its "poor implementation". I fully expected the Android camp to play follow the leader and include their own version, but now it looks like it's gonna be visually and functionally identical to the way Apple used it in iOS. What a shame.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 16:42 1

67. Diezparda (Posts: 867; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Follow the leader? hahaha... what a joke when Android is certainly dominate the market.

On the contrarty Apple add peek & pop is common for touchwiz user & i believe iOS fans called it a gimmick. Why Apple insisted on building larger iPhone now? i think Steve didn't like the idea. Multiwindow multitask on iPad? and probably rumoured oled display on next gen iPhone 7?

Personally i never once said 3D touch is gimmick cuz i enjoyed tech and when you said people bash 3D touch and it's "poor implementation"... it's true, cuz 3D touch (on a phone) is new tech and needs to developed over time.

Pls read comment 35.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:28

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


I'm hoping other companies do something different and take force displays to the next level. But if the above screenshot is any indication, it will be an exact replica of 3D Touch on iOS. Why copy a poor implementation?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 18:06

73. Diezparda (Posts: 867; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Like i said it's poor implementation is real, it just the other words to say they need to developed (the apps etc, let's be honest when it's barely introduced there's not much apps trully support 3D touch). Don't exaggerate this...

LG G5 Modular design for example it's such a ridiculous idea, an innovation but it's probably 2017 when the new tech become really useful & hopefully becoming new trend. Same i can say about 3D touch as it will developed over time. Nothing wrong about copying good stuff as far as customer/users get a benefit.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 14:04 1

58. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes, Apple pay was a direct copy from Google Wallet.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 14:07

59. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Not really, Apple has copied pretty much everything there is in Android. So 3D Touch being the gimmick it is, why not copy it.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:01 20

3. s.nathan (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Mar 2016)


iPhoneArena - Apple 3D Touch copycat from Sony Xperia sola floating Touch technology, and 3D Touch some features copycat from Samsung Air View (GALAXY Note 2, S4 and S5).

youtube.com/watch?v=ASpXPCvhL6w
youtube.com/watch?v=JmIY3VHpDh0
youtube.com/watch?v=gMhMb54a47s

iPhonearena is an Apple beggars Group.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:15 2

5. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2225; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Only 3d touch can be used when gaming tho. I never used air view it was lame just saying.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 05:00 5

20. catze86 (Posts: 691; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Because it is lack of developers to that feature. Unless Sammy pay them to make one. That is why they call it bloatware. Now apple and maybe the Nexus have similar frature. Developers will see in different light.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 05:39 4

22. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2225; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Yeah I use 3D touch everyday and at least 2-3 of my games support it. The more phones that get pressure sensitive displays the better.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:41 6

15. s.nathan (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Mar 2016)


Apple’s Force Touch is Already Patented by BlackBerry - cantechletter.com/2015/09/apples-force-touch-is-al​ready-patented-by-blackberry/

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:42 4

16. GreenMan (limited) (Posts: 1016; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


s.nathan Even if your speculation is correct, what difference does it makes to the consumer level, I'd like to know...

Smartphone wars and copy catting are good for us, for they bestow more options upon us. And having more to choose from is without a doubt makes consumers more happy!

Would you rather have 3D Touch rotting at the side, totally abandoned... Or would you rather see it in the mainstream...

Don't be such a narrow minded fan boy, lad!

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:56 5

19. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2326; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


I'd rather see the rightful inventors of the technology credited, not the marketers. It makes a difference for consumers, making us less ignorant about where our tech comes from. Unless you prefer ignorance.

As for the use of the technology, I frankly wouldn't want it. Every practical thing it offers is already doable via software gestures and it'll just be giving OEMs BS excuses to restrict new software functions to newer devices even though older devices can easily handle it. Unless SmartPhones become strong enough and big enough to be used for scaling anything in the kitchen (by then they'd be in tablet category).

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 01:23

74. Jimrod (Posts: 1084; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


That's ridiculous, every tech product uses multiple techs from multiple sources... I'm working on a Bluetooth speaker, do I need to mention that the amp is from Yamaha, the Bluetooth chip is from Qualcomm, the drive units are made by Formosa Prosonic, the Aluminium extrusion is from Sinpower etc etc... You only use this argument when it suits the anti-Apple story.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 00:39 1

79. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2326; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


"I'm working on a Bluetooth speaker, do I need to mention that the amp is from Yamaha, the Bluetooth chip is from Qualcomm..."

You don't call the amp/bluetooth feature your invention, you call the whole package your invention and when referring to specifics, you point out it's from Yamaha/Qualcom. Or if someone else makes Bluetooth speakers, you don't go saying they copied the Amp/Bluetooth feature from your Bluetooth speakers. It's really not rocket science.

You always get butthurt and begin acting like a dumbass when you see anything criticizing apple.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 06:25 3

25. saif2711 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


Your sammy's air view was a superflop and sony's feature was a one time gimmick.whatever comes to iphones becomes a necessity in android also..lolol

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:35

43. jas0n (Posts: 54; Member since: 01 Mar 2016)


give one example of "whatever comes to iphones becomes a necessity in android"

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:04 1

48. saif2711 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


The very article is one such example and see it by urself in coming years in the android world.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 11:40 2

52. tedkord (Posts: 10640; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That's because when airview came out, Apple fans said that peeking into something, then popping it open if you wanted was a gimmick. How times change.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 15:48 1

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


Times are still the same. Airview is just as much of a gimmick today as it was a couple of years ago. The text popped up when you didn't want it and even more frustrating, it didn't pop up when you wanted. And that's not even considering the fact that there was no developer support whatsoever. It was a failure. Stop blaming Apple fans for everything Samsung does wrong

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 01:26

75. Jimrod (Posts: 1084; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Did they? Did they really? Or is it yet another "Apple fans say", "Apple fans think" etc... when in reality it's "Paranoid tech geek with chip on shoulder and mental issues makes up stories in head and writes them down as fact"?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 06:51 3

28. Ahovking (Posts: 682; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


What made Apple 3D Touch different was the way they world.. Apple actually created a screen that could measure pressure.. For example Samsung Air view's screen can't do that.. Instead it used a a chip in the pin to determine the distance between the pin and the screen.. The more pressure you pressed the chip measured the micro differences of distance. Between the pen and the screen and that's how it works.

The Note 2 and S5 screen aren't themselves pressure sensitive, unlike Apples 3D Touch.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:17 2

40. j2001m (Posts: 2836; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


I think you find you wrong, airview worked with your finger also

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 11:43 4

53. tedkord (Posts: 10640; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That's not what Air View was. It had nothing to do with the pen. You could hover your finger over an icon, and get a summary look into it (peek), then if you tapped it, it would open fully (pop).

Sounds a little familiar...

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:14 1

4. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2225; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


The next nexus should be made by google and not some other company but a sony made nexus would be interesting.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:34

12. GreenMan (limited) (Posts: 1016; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Arch_Fiend Why Sony?

I don't think Sony Smartphones have the magic of other Sony Home Appliances...

It's just yet another ordinary (or dare I say; a tad below ordinary) Android Smartphone Brand..
And the way I see it, there's nothing special about it...

Why you think a Sony Nexus would be interesting is beyond my wildest of imagination...!

G'Day!

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:38 3

13. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2225; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I like sony's designs and just the simple fact that Sony is now the only huge OEM that has yet to make a nexus device. The company making a nexus has nothing to do with the software only the design so that's my main reason for going with Sony.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 05:59

24. vuyonc (Posts: 992; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


What exactly is Sony missing in making a Nexus? The X Performance is basically a Nexus anyway.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 12:18

55. Kratos7 (Posts: 62; Member since: 15 May 2015)


Google is not really a Hardware manufacturer like Apple.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:16 1

69. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2225; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Yeah but there are rumors that they are going to become one.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 13:08 1

78. Kratos7 (Posts: 62; Member since: 15 May 2015)


That'd be great!

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:16 3

6. shahrooz (Posts: 715; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


Android had native pressure sensitive display support since early versions as far as I know.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:22

10. GreenMan (limited) (Posts: 1016; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@shahrooz There's a fine line between pressure sensitive screens and Long press...

The function is indeed almost identical. But the execution is vastly different...

It's like the future of Long press...

And this tech could really take off if Google make it a native Android feature...

Lets see (fingers crossed).

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 05:43 3

23. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1204; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


You clearly didn't get his comment

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 11:45 1

54. tedkord (Posts: 10640; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It's been baked in natively since Eclair. The tech just wasn't there to utilize it.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 12:21 1

56. Kratos7 (Posts: 62; Member since: 15 May 2015)


Pressure sensitivity is a hardware feature. Can't be native to an OS.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:16 3

7. sachouba (Posts: 156; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


Android has already supported different pressure levels on the display since Eclair (or even before).
Google will probably only "update" those APIs, as it did when Google Wallet became Android Pay, and everyone will scream "copycats" !

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:17

8. khalid123 (Posts: 29; Member since: 27 Feb 2016)


if Nokia then

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:18 2

9. Ordinary (Posts: 2210; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Is this a rumor that it will have 3D Touch just like S7?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:26

11. SK_WS (Posts: 43; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)


What kind of apps supports 3D touch on android?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:40

14. Diezparda (Posts: 867; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Well... now you have my attention Google.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 04:52

17. Awalker (Posts: 1431; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I'm pretty sure that ain't happening. The long press is too entrench in Android for something like that to be feasible.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 06:50 1

27. Commentator (Posts: 3669; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Long press =/= pressure sensitivity.

Pressure sensitivity can be implemented into drawing, writing, and gaming while posing no threat to the UX.

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