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

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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84 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 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

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

47. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 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

49. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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!

52. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 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!

55. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

70. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 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).

56. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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

57. willard12 unregistered

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 clichés. But, you can just pick whichever one of these you like and go with it.

58. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

62. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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"

73. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

They say the same stupid thing all the time.

68. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

76. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

71. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

69. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

72. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Filed*

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

17. Elfmonster unregistered

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

36. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

35. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

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

44. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

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

45. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 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

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

And people said force touch a gimmick...

13. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

16. Rafishant

Posts: 395; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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