Is Android Q copying Apple's 3D Touch-like functionality

Android Q brings 'deep press' similar to 3D Touch on iOS

This 4-year-old iPhone feature may finally come to Android smartphones

As Kottmann states in the tweet, the exact details around how Deep Press will work are unclear.

According to the recent documentation found on the Android Developers, Google is planning to integrate a 3D-Touch feature called "Deep Press" natively in the Android Q. This feature will simulate new actions just by pressing hard on the screen instead of pressing it for a longer duration. The current event stream represents the user intentionally pressing harder on the screen.

Another change introduced in the new version of Android Q comes with a feature Google is dubbing "bubbles" which appears to be determined to provide users with a new way to multitask. The documentation says that it will be used to "accelerate the long press behavior". "A deep press is meant to be a quick way to access the same menus and information as a long press, by simply pressing harder", the report stated. Apple replaced the 3D Touch with a similar haptic feedback feature on the iPhone XR. We have seen long press gestures on various third-party launchers, but now Google is moving a step further with deep integration of "deep press" in Android OS.

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If it's the latter, then the feature could feasibly roll out to all Android handsets with the Android Q update, while the former would mean only new smartphones with the specific hardware will be able to take advantage of it.

Speaking of Apple's decision to drop the 3D Touch, it was driven with an aim to cut down the cost and make the display less likely to break. It might not be as intuitive Apple's implementation but its a feature that has been there since Android 7.1.

OEMs like Samsung and Huawei are already implementing their pressure sensitive screen feature, but the functionality is limited due to lack of native support for such a feature in Android.

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