Report: Force Touch capabilities to be partially baked into Android N

Report: Force Touch capabilities to be partially baked into Android N
According to a report published today, the upcoming Android N build of Google's open source OS will include Force Touch features similar to the 3D Touch capabilities of the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus. Android N is expected to be introduced at Google I/O. The annual developer conference will be held May 18th through May 20th at Google's own backyard in Mountain View.

Several paragraphs used to describe the Launcher shortcuts feature of Android N include clues that point to Force Touch capabilities for future Android phones. This gesture based version of Force Touch will apparently be baked into Android N, but will still require certain hardware on new Android handsets in order to run.

This means that we will have to wait until later this year for Force Touch to be more widely available to Android users. We might see the feature offered on the next Nexus handsets expected to be offered later this year. While this year's new Nexus models are nothing more than rumors at the moment, the speculation is that HTC will be the manufacturer of a pair of stock Android models code named T50 (a 5-inch unit) and T-55 (a unit with a 5.5-inch screen).

Before the HTC 10 was unveiled the other day, smartphone fans seemed indifferent to the prospect of two new HTC built Nexus models. Following the introduction of its new flagship phone, it seems that many are now excited to see what HTC will bring to its first Nexus handsets since it produced the Nexus One.


source: Phandroid

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53 Comments

1. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

So anything incorporating haptic feedback would get this feature? I'm confused. This is a software-designed feature. How is it gonna be incorporated?

13. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

No. Part of it is software (android api and pressure sensor driver etc.) OEM add pressure sensor to device and provide driver for android os to interaction.

30. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This is just an API for shortcuts in the launcher. Similar to force touching icons in iOS 9, which brings up that little menu Except Google is allowing gestures as well, for options (similar to features on third party launchers) and most importantly for legacy support There's been an API for touch pressure for ages (until recently, hardware wasn't ready) And an API for haptic feedback We are waiting for OEMs to get the hardware The software has always been there This is just one of the ways force touch can be used

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Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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52. AViator

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

dunno but im baked LOL

4. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Awesome. Android N seems really good. Just get rid of the fragmentation Google and force OEMs to update their phones

7. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You can't force OEMs to update an open source OS that they've significantly altered.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Seems like shameless justifying of not updating perfectly capable phones to the latest update.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, it seems like reality, something I wouldn't expect you to understand. Open Source (GPL and apache in the case of Android) means you can do whatever you want with it. That's the license. You legally cannot force redistributors to make any changes. I the case of versions like TouchWiz, it's recoded down to the kernel and framework, so it takes time to rework the new Android version.

27. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I think you just explained fragmentation to the tee.

34. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

@tedkord well said.

48. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I love options in android, touchwiz, aosp, sense. But then phones are fragmented more in to carrier versions and regional versions

49. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Like iphone perfectly compatible 4s??

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

True innovation! Apple is falling further behind! Fire Tim!

8. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not as innovative as Apple Pay, but it's not bad.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Actually Apple started using Force Touch first.

28. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You bit. Hook, line and sinker.

43. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I do hope Apple continue to support it. Quite worrying that recent new hardware releases exclude it including iPhone SE. All.eyes are on iPhone 7. Hope it has it.

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

How will this be different to the one on the first smartphone with force touch - mate s

10. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Nice! What apps do you use on the Mate S? Im guessing the playstore is full of them?

11. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

He's currently compiling the list of apps. Please wait a little longer. I'm sure he will not disappoint.

12. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Too many offended people here avoiding the question. I don't have a mate s...# apps doesn't change the fact that they were first but that's not the point

39. AlikMalix unregistered

Dude mate s was a half baked - rushed to be first - announced a week before apples FINISHED product. Apple got the ecosystem incorporated into forcetouch, it also allows to draw using your finger but with different pressure, force touching the keyboard gives you ability to scroll your cursor, but my favorite is the ability to fire a secondary weapon or use it as a gas pedal to properly accelerate inside games. There are hundreds of implementations in iOS for forcetouch. Mate s uses its own version to what... Open a camera by drawing letter "C" with your knuckle? Now it's taken all this time for android to finally "kinda" support forcetouch for maybe possible hardware implementations in potential future android phones. Yeah, we got a winner!

44. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

The entire product may not be final, but the force touch tech was finished as demonstrated. I simply asked how the future tech of force touch will differ compared to the first one with force touch but Apple fans got pissed off too quick. Try coming up with the double standard Apple-fan logic if you can't prove that the iPhone was the first...."they did it right ".

50. AlikMalix unregistered

Well, did they do it wrong? If they wanted to do what mate S did, and just give you handful of apps that use it and call it a day, I'm sure that would be ready months before - and maybe the entire ecosystem was ready months ago - just that apple has a set schedule to show off new goodies... There's no doubt that Xiomi scheduled this before it was ready but to MAKE SURE it was before APPLE.... They showed an unfinished, unsupported product a week before Apple showed a finished, supported by the entire ecosystem and fully functional product with even a few 3rd party apps ready to take advantage the day they announced it... Do it right, or go home...

54. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You've only responded to my last sentence..and ignored the rest. Nice try, tho. Can't deny that huawei were the first to implement such feature on a smartphone. You're going on as if force touch was the only thing they were working on. Stick with the topic...As mentioned earlier . I simply asked how the future tech of force touch will differ compared to the first one with force touch but Apple fans got pissed off too quick.

55. AlikMalix unregistered

How will future FT differ from first one? It will have more impelmentations... We've already seen lots of games and apps use it outside the app - like context menus for quick jump into desired location inside the app... and the best - inside the app. All my drawing apps (7 apps on my phone alone) now sense pressure from finger or stylus regardless of brand... Half the games have included FT in one form or another, either gas/brake pedals (it's no longer full throttle and full handbrake - but depends on how hard you press) or some shooters use hard press to fire secondary or reload... Base attack games like Jungle heat now uses FT to deploy either 1 unit at a time or multiple units if pressed harder. And countless menu improvements... Native iOS features include HardPress on keyboard will allow you to move cursor to select text, context menus to just about everything: apps, contacts, individual emails/texts/voice messages/missed calls, settings, browser - try hard pressing an image in browser and then swipe up, also previews of next page without going back and forth.. and so on... And it's not just regular tap, hard tap, it's regular tap, hard tap, harder press, force touch again... FT swipe inside any app from edge of screen switches to previous used app if you swipe to the other side of screen (like the back button on android, but it also works forward)... BUT if you only force swipe a little (from edge of screen) it will bring up all recent apps... There are numerous ways to use FT on iOS... the favorite ones become muscle memory really fast... I guess to answer your questions, if you want to see future of FT on android - look at current FT implementations on iOS... (not even trolling- being serious right now)

9. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I'm confused. They said it was already in Eclair. lol

17. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I am confused too. I wonder how Mate S had it on lollipop. Its a real mystery.

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