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Google could introduce iPhone’s 3D Touch-like feature to Android Q

Android Q

With the launch of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL, Google had shipped a lot of iPhone-like features with its devices. Breaking down the Android 9.0 Pie revealed features lifted straight from iOS and with Android Q, Google is doing more of the same.

First spotted by 9to5Google, Android Q seemingly is coming with yet another feature that makes it difficult to discern it from iOS. As the documents related to the MotionEvent function of Android Q suggests, there will be a support for something called “deep press” in the future version of the OS.

The documentation says that “the current event stream represents the user intentionally pressing harder on the screen,” and that deep press should “be used to accelerate the long press behavior.” To put it differently, deep press on the screen would result in unique responses to occur when the user presses down on the screen harder than usual.

This feature seems similar to Force Touch–also known as 3D Touch which was first introduced with Apple Watch back in 2014.

However, just the fact that Android Q would support deep press does not mean anything as of now, as the feature would need to be integrated with compatible hardware in order to function properly. If Android Q comes with the feature right out of the box though, hardware manufacturers could be expected to respond to that.

It can also be expected that Google Pixel 4, which is expected in October, a few months after the official release of Android Q, will come with the deep press feature.

Google Pixel 4 is expected to be released in the second half of the year and rumors and speculations regarding the smartphone have already started to surface online. In February, commit changes in Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Gerrit suggested that the new Pixel 4 will come with improved dual-SIM support. While the report was not that revealing in terms of specifications about the phone, it was the first report to come from a trusted source, offering something concrete about Google’s next flagship smartphone.

Now, Google Pixel 4 has been spotted again in commit changes on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) Gerrit regarding an issue spotted in the Linux kernel. This recent spotting has not revealed anything interesting about the device either, however, it indicates that the next flagship device from Google is under testing.


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