Published: Wed, April 10, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Android Q may support 3D touch-like functionality called 'deep

Android Q may support 3D touch-like functionality called 'deep

Old iPhone models simply don't support the technology, but there's a chance that Google could use machine learning to build the feature into Android Q without requiring phone makers to adapt with new displays.

Documentation for the MotionEvent object in Android Q that reports movements from mouse, pen, finger, and trackball reveals a new input type called "deep press". The description says Deep Press "should be used to accelerate the long press behaviour", which hints that it'll mainly be used as a replacement for long-pressing.

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.

Unfortunately, that's all we have to go on for now, but it certainly sounds like Google is experimenting with a feature that would allow an Android Q user to press harder on the screen to change the way they interact with the OS.

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This implies that deep press is a quicker way of accessing options that would have been exposed via a long press. For now, the details regarding the hardware requirements for sensing the pressure of the press on the display is scarce. Apple replaced the 3D Touch with a similar haptic feedback feature on the iPhone XR.

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.

That sounds an terrible lot like the pressure sensitivity screen tech Apple has been using in the Apple Watch, MacBook trackpads and its iPhone range for years, and we've seen some Android manufacturers play with the tech in the past.

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