Android Q To Get Support For Apple’s 3D Touch
It has been long known that Google tends to take inspiration from Apple to introduce new functionality to its own mobile OS. We have already seen the notches going viral in Android phones following the launch of the Apple iPhone X. And more recently we saw the second beta version of Android Q sporting iOS-like scoped storage. Now, the word is that Google is planning to introduce a new feature onto its upcoming Android Q that looks like as if it has been inspired by Apple’s 3D Touch.
The Mountain View, California based company is reportedly planning to introduce a new feature onto Andriod Q that would enable users to interact with their smartphones by pressing hard on their smartphone screens. According to the details emerged on Android Developers’ forum, a feature called “Deep Press” is in the works for Android Q that works in a way that is similar to 3D Touch.
“Classification constant: Deep press. The current event stream represents the user intentionally pressing harder on the screen. This classification type should be used to accelerate the long press behaviour,” the description of the feature on Android Developers website states.
A couple of years back, Google had introduced the long-press feature on to Android Oreo that mimicked Apple’s 3D Touch without requiring a pressure sensitive screen. And now with Android Q’s deep press feature, Google seems to be taking this a step further. However, at this remains uncertain if the deep press feature would require a new touchscreen display or if Google would use its algorithms to provide deep presses on the regular touchscreens available today.
Apart from the recently spotted deep presses and scoped storage features, Google is also planning to bring Facebook Messenger like chat bubbles to all its apps, including the messaging apps. These bubbles can also be used by the app developers in non-chat apps to display notifications or lead to further actions within the app. Apart from this, Android Q is also allowing developers to design apps such that they make use of specific microphones, which in turn could make voice commands more effective.