When Apple first launched 3D Touch, it was rumored that Android handset makers could be looking to follow suit with 3D Touch like features of their own. However, it seems that 3D Touch never quite took off the way Apple had hoped and for the most part, pressure-sensitive displays are a rare find on Android handsets, if at all.
Now it seems that according to a report from 9to5Google, it looks like with Android Q, Google could be looking to introduce a similar gesture to the Android operating system. Of course, Google can’t magically create pressure-sensitive displays on Android handsets, but rather this will be support for “deep presses”.
This means that depending on how the user presses down on the screen, it could bring up different functions and features like 3D Touch does. However, it is unclear if support for deep presses means we can expect to see new pressure-sensitive displays, or if it could be based purely on software.
As 9to5Google points out, the Pixel 3 has an easter egg drawing app that can simulate pressure sensitivity without specialized hardware, so it is possible that this could rely purely on software instead of hardware. If that is the case, then it should make it easier for handset makers and developers to adopt the feature.
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