Android Q will bring an iconic Apple iPhone feature to Android

Android Q will bring an iconic Apple iPhone feature to Android
Introduced in 2015 with the Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, 3D Touch allows iOS users to press (as opposed to touch) the screen to see previews, details, and shortcuts. Some applications allow users to Peek and Pop. For example, you can get a preview of an address in the Maps app. That's a "Peek." Applying a little harder force will "Pop" you into the app. Note that for technical reasons related to the Liquid Retina display on the iPhone XR, that model does not feature 3D Touch.

In Android 8 Oreo, Google added a long press gesture that allows Android users to see shortcuts related to certain apps. That feature was continued on Android 9 Pie. For example, press hard on the YouTube icon in either build, and you'll see shortcut options that can take you to the app's search feature, and a list of your YouTube subscriptions. According to 9to5 Google, documentation for Android Q reveals that the next Android build will allow users to see the same information, only faster, with a "deep press."

Found inside documentation for MotionEvents (which deals with things on an Android device like the touchscreen, a stylus or a mobile mouse) is a statement that says a touch on the touchscreen can be classified as a "deep press" when a user presses harder on the screen intentionally. This will "accelerate the long press behavior." In other words, a "deep press" will reveal the same information as a long press, only quicker. Unlike 3D Touch, it doesn't appear that Android devices will be able to distinguish between a light press, a medium press, and a hard press.

Google could turn to algorithms to determine whether a user is using enough force to count a touch as a "deep press." Or, the new feature might require specialized hardware. Either way, we could hear more about this during Google I/O. The annual developer conference will run from May 7th through May 9th. During the conference, Google traditionally reveals new features that will be found on the upcoming Android build.

Google has released two beta versions of Android Q to date


Just the other day, Google disseminated the second beta preview for Android Q. This included a foldable device emulator to help developers see how their apps will look on one of the new foldable phones that will be released soon. That includes the Samsung Galaxy Fold, due out on April 26th, and the Huawei Mate X. That model will be launched sometime this summer. Another feature called Bubbles allows you to take the functionality of certain apps with you from screen to screen on Android Q.

Google plans on releasing six beta versions of Android Q with the final version scheduled to drop during the third quarter. If you have a Pixel handset, you can quickly sign up to receive the Android Q beta versions OTA. Simply head to the Android Beta for Pixel website and click on the Devices tab. Scroll down to "Your Eligible Devices" and tap the Opt-in button. Expect to wait up to 24 hours before the update arrives. When you're ready to return to the public version of Android, repeat the process and tap on the Opt-out button. Keep in mind that the beta versions of Android are unstable and many of the features that you might depend on could fail to work. As a result, you might want to think twice before signing up to receive the Android Q beta previews. 

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30 Comments

1. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

I thought android has all the features already.

5. wickedwilly

Posts: 694; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

You have the functionality on Android, without the extra weight and cost. It was there before Apple added this gimmick.

7. RevolutionA

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

This feature is kind of among Apple's proprietary features. These guys are literally cheating

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 1305; Member since: May 17, 2017

You’re trying just a bit too hard now.

11. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1420; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

The fact is this kind of functionality was available via various launchers long before Apple introduced 3D Touch. I remember using it on my Xperia Z1 in 2012. It's nice to see Google making it a native feature though.

13. RevolutionA

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

No one remembers those bull sh*t phones. Apple does things right, they make it right since they are right

16. blingblingthing

Posts: 962; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Nothing wrong if your prefer to ignore history. Your choice. The truth is, as usual, Apple gets inspired by the competition and implements it. The difference is Apple sells alot more phones and its users don't know phones Apple didn't make. Hence when Apple does it, it seems new and polished.

23. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Everbody will be inspired with everything. For example, Android is heavily inspired by iOS fundamentally.

25. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

But Apple steals the ideas to do it.

2. Plutonium239

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Look, the whole "3d touch" thing that Apple did wasn't an original idea. It was simply an evolution of a "long touch", which was a touch screen devices equivalent of a "right click" with a mouse on a full computer.

4. Vokilam

Posts: 1193; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Long press and instant pop feel so different. I hate longpress.

17. blingblingthing

Posts: 962; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

You may hate it; however, it's still an evolution of an old idea. Similar to face unlock from Android to face ID from apple. Bokeh pictures from the HTC M8 then portrait pictures on the iPhone 7. Bluetooth file transfers now air drop from Apple.

20. scarface21173

Posts: 687; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Yeah just old tech rebranded, apple are masters of doing that.

26. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Right click with a mouse?? lol.. It took Apple forever to implement such simple thing on Mac OS.

31. Plutonium239

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

You aren't wrong. Apple has always been behind the curve when it comes to software. Their operating systems continue to be the more vulnerable than windows, year to year.

3. User123456789

Posts: 916; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

How do I turn on this on iPad? I want for android the feature you see battery of wireless headphone. The iOS has it

14. bitwiser

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 28, 2018

PIxel already has this in Pie. I can see any wireless Bluetooth device battery percentage.

19. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

How many phones were updated in pie? Oh well fragmentation at its best.

27. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I believe it's already exist before Marshmallow, I notice bluetooth headphone battery percentage since I got my first pair, and it's like 5-6 years ago.

29. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Bluetooth battery percentage was introduced in Oreo 8.1

18. Knownhost

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

My Note 9 does the same thing with every battery-powered Bluetooth device I own.

28. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

on my android phone i get the battery percentage left of my headphones on my notification area ...so some phones do have it

6. ahmadkun

Posts: 586; Member since: May 02, 2016

"iconic" :)

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6788; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Right?! lol

8. Jphones

Posts: 256; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Have that on my note 8 Android 9 OneUi

12. dumpster666

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

iconic? more like gimmick

15. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

"In Android 8 Oreo, Google added a long press gesture that allows Android users to see shortcuts related to certain apps." Long press gestures were added in Android Nougat 7.1.1, not Oreo.

21. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

PA writers never do homework before writing articles.

24. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Don't need this bloatware

30. Nkukza

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

So Nova launcher is not going to get credit for this but the person that adopted it after or from them gets it. Muricans...

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