3D Touch on Android: here's how Quick Shortcuts work on Android 7.1 Nougat

3D Touch on Android: here's how Quick Shortcuts work on Android 7.1 Nougat

You've probably heard by now that one of the new features of Android 7.1 Nougat are the so-called “Quick Shortcuts”. Tapping and holding on an icon pops up a list of menu items, which allow you to quick-launch a certain function within an app. For example, you can quick-launch the Camera app in selfie mode for those “emergency selfies”, or you can open up Chrome with a new tab immediately opened.

There are a couple of requirements that need to be met for you to be able to use Quick Shortcuts. One, obviously, you need to be running Android 7.1. And secondly, the app you are using needs to have Quick Shortcuts enabled by the developer — and aside from Android's stock apps, there are very few 3rd party apps that support it just yet.

Chances are you still don't have Android's latest build installed — not unless you are using a Nexus or a Pixel phone. So, you may have a couple of questions about how exactly they work. For example “Can I still move my app icon around, now that tap-and-hold triggers Quick Shortcuts?”. So, here's a quick rundown on how they work.

You tap and hold the desired app's icon. In just a little while, the Quick Shortcuts pop up and your phone vibrates to give you the appropriate feedback. At this point, you can tap on one of the menu items to launch it, or you can tap and hold on it and place this new function as a separate shortcut on your homescreen.

Let's say you want to move an icon instead of use its Quick Shortcuts. You tap and hold, the menu pops up, the phone vibrates. At this point, you can drag the icon away. A second vibration will tell you that you are now out of Quick Shortcuts mode and the menu will close, letting you move the app icon around as before.

It feels very natural and intuitive and if you are worried that it may hamper the phone's usage or drag workflow down — rest assured that nothing has changed. We are interested to see how this feature evolves, especially if Android phones start getting pressure sensitive screens.

Check out the video below for a quick demo of everything we talked about here.

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22 Comments

1. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I thought iPhone's 3D touch was useful before I tried these shortcuts on android 7.1. They are absolutely useless and you are better off just opening the app instead. The number of taps remains 2. Either you open the app and then press option or you long/force touch and then press the option.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The older functionality is still there with Android icons. So you can still move the apps around to anywhere on the homepage(s). Customizing the homepage is not available for iPhones or iOS in general. You can quickly tap the icon run the app. So the new feature is users can now long press to get shortcut menus into that app, if, and only if the app supports shortcut's. However you look at this, it is still a feature that is here to stay, and users can take advantage of it, or not. So users actually have more options on Android, than iPhone users have with iOS once again.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wtf did that have to do with what he said? Do you even READ bro?

7. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly you are the one who cannot comprehend what he said. "I thought iPhone's 3D touch was useful before I tried these shortcuts on android 7.1. They are absolutely useless and you are better off just opening the app instead. The number of taps remains 2. Either you open the app and then press option or you long/force touch and then press the option." Now I was adding in some facts. For instance app shortcut's are there to use, or not use on Android now. Just like 3D touch users don't know if an app supports shortcut's or not. Users have to hunt and peck to find out which apps support the app shortcut's. Also it's a fact that users with Android devices can still do more than any iOS devices, especially when it comes to customizing the homescreen. It's still a fact that Android users can still move those icons around to any part of the homescreen or group them in any order they like, all of which is still missing from iOS. But now Android gives it's users roughly the same app shortcut functionality as Apples 3D touch. Look I know you are slow upstairs kiko007. Is the 007 your IQ level? If it is I will apologize right now, and leave you with this. To sum it up in layman's terms. Android offers and does more. iOS offers and does less.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Is the 007 your IQ level?" Pathetic. Simply..... pathetic comeback. "To sum it up in layman's terms. Android offers and does more. iOS offers and does less." Who taught you how to write a sentence?

15. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It wasn't meant as a comeback. You asked "Wtf did that have to do with what he said? Do you even READ bro?". What I stated was clear and concise. Not to mention factual, and it was certainly relevant to what Tyron_Lannister stated. If you had to actually ask me what did it have to do with what he said, then clearly you could not understand or comprehend what I stated. So I was trying to use smaller words with very little punctuation. I thought that might help you, but I was wrong. Clearly your IQ is much higher. It's at least double digits. So I will not insult you like that again. My apologies. Hope all is well on your iPhones.

21. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

Stop defending iOS and its lack of user customizability.

2. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1306; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I honestly like Google's solution better. All you gotta do is long press vs how hard do I long press.

5. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It seam to work better then iPhones, but I feel on both phones it's still a gimmick for the most part.

6. .KRATOS.

Posts: 440; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Hope that comes to the galaxy s6 and s7

8. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Its a gimmick both on the ios and android world tbh.. Wonder why apple had to build an entire engine for it.

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3092; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Because profits that's why.

11. adecvat

Posts: 626; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

LoL, only after 1 year android developers realized how to make 3D Touch.

12. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Like Bankz said "Wonder why apple had to build an entire engine for it." Apple had to build a special screen for it and Samsung just had to do a update.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Oops ment android not Samsung.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's a pretty good turn around. It usually takes Apple at least 3 years to copy something.

14. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I have tried beta version of Nova launcher, instantly left beta program after seeing this 3d touch copy.

16. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And what does Nova got to do with it.

18. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Oh come....on....calling this 3D touch on android is just....... I mean who writes these articles, come on, its a context sensitive menu, nothing at all to do with 3d touch and has existed before 3d touch, way way before..

22. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

The correct term is 'force-touch' in android. It's been in android world for quite sometime, if you are rooted and use xposed. Since phone arena like to mention apple in every possible way they use 3d touch instead of force touch

19. monoke

Posts: 1145; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Whaaa. No 3D screen tech needed? Didn't apple spend millions r n d on it while over here they just slap it on their nova launchers and called it a day!

20. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Really? Just because Google's Android have this feature you'll call it immediately 3D Touch? just like 3D Touch? I see this as an improved version of 2011 floating pop-up context menus of Android. Apple copied it. The pressure sensitive on Apple iPhone were useless in my opinion. They used it for shortcut purposes only. Long hold, press or tap is better than putting pressure on screen just to launch shortcuts.

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