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

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.

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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78 Comments

1. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

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

34. jas0n

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 01, 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.

46. GameKing95

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

yes i want a Pixel X

39. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The is why Samsung did not add in the s7

71. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

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

57. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!!!

68. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 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.

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

What a surprise

21. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

32. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Apple & Android copy each other

35. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 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"

37. Akuma10

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 23, 2015

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

42. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

51. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

60. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 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.

62. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 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?

64. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

>using fingerprint on atrix 4g Not google wallet. Fingerprint scanner.

65. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

67. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

70. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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?

73. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

58. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

59. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

3. s.nathan

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 03, 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.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

20. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

22. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

15. s.nathan

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

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

16. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 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!

19. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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).

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