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

For those Android users whose phones don't support Force Touch, you might end up with the feature on your phone anyway. According to a report published today, the upcoming Android N build of Google's open source OS will include a feature similar to the 3D Touch capabilities of the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus...
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53 Comments

18. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Nice! what apps use it? Rushing something to the market half assed doesnt mean you were first.

20. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

So what first means? Teach me plez.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17189; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Actually, it does. First is first, there's no alternative definition.

25. Ninetysix

Posts: 2939; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You're right. They demoed their half assed prototype a week before apple showed theirs. Shipping actual units to the public is a whole different story though.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17189; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Try to spin it any way you like.

22. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Samsung for a long time had features like Multi Window or Split View even if vanilla Android didn't bake it in the core codes yet, this is the beauty of Android as a whole, every OEM have the freedom to experiment and be unique in their own rights

41. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Well said

29. vincelongman

Posts: 5646; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

There's always an API for touch pressure since Eclair (until recently, hardware wasn't ready) As stated in this article, 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 and legacy support

47. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just like logiloca said... and android already have force touch support since Eclair, as an API.. thats why mate S can use force touch, they create their own I/O to connect it to android;s API.. the article itself isnt really clear about it but I guess what they mean is force touch will be used in android UI (just like force touch on app icons or menus).. as for 3rd party apps that will support it, dev need to wait next nexus to test it

16. Flame_Hunter

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

I don't find this feature useful, it's kinda useless to me, i don't even use it on my 6s.

19. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I dont either. I was hoping something would make good use out of it in the future.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17189; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It will eventually. It takes time for developers to work out the really great uses for a new tech. It'll get better every iteration.

26. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It likely won't be anything amazingly useful. It is a hidden interaction and making it a core part of any app is suicidal for ease of use. Also, it cannot have different uses in different apps because then it is hidden and not uniform app to app. Video games are the only saving grace and that is the only place where force touch will be useful.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17189; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

We will have to wait and see. I'm betting developers will figure out intelligent uses for it.

46. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I find it very useful in the keyboard. It makes it easy to edit text.

35. Ninetysix

Posts: 2939; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

There's no way Google will add this since we already have long press, airview, etc.

38. tedkord

Posts: 17189; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Airview isn't Android, it's Samsung TouchWiz, and was the template for peek and pop.

40. AlikMalix unregistered

It was erroneous and was worse to use than not to have. Sourse: everyone that tried to like it.

51. tedkord

Posts: 17189; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Except, I guess, all the reviewers who said it worked perfectly. But you know better what "everyone" experienced.

56. AlikMalix unregistered

Just search for "airview is annoying"... "air gestures suck"... "air view doesnt work"... "how do i disable airview"... I can even remember before rumors started about apples Forcetouch - no one liked airview, and just about everyone had the feature turned off.... Ted, I do remember these comments, not lying. I can bet anyone that the next person I approach with a Galaxy phone - he'd have it turned off...

37. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Cool, it'll be interesting to see how android will use force touch.

42. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Meh, same old gimmick bringing nothing that's not already possible via simple gestures and restricting it to new hardware...

53. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

The Nova Launcher has features that are a bit like force-touch. If you long-press an app, you get a context menu with 4 choices, including remove (to app drawer) and uninstall.
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