Android N got to support pressure sensitive display
A we know that iPhone 5s launched with Touch ID, and has since inspired many Android smartphone makers to introduce similar security features on their products. Unlikely, 3D Touch/Force Touch did not appear to have the same runaway success despite the fact that there were many rumors last year that phones in 2016 will support the same.
However it seems that Google is working on preparing for that eventuality that Android OEMs will introduce pressure-sensitive displays.
According to a blog post on the Android Developers page:
Now, apps can define shortcuts which users can expose in the launcher to help them perform actions quicker.”
It seemed to hint at pressure-sensitive displays to which the folks at Phandroid and Nova Launcher’s developer Kevin Barry teamed up to put the theory to the test , and the results seem to have confirmed it.
According to Google, it seems that there are OEMs who would prefer the software side of pressure-sensitive displays be built into the operating system itself, which is why Google has introduced the feature in Android N. This should at the very least help to standardize things, kind of like what Google did with Android 6.0 Marshmallow when they introduced native fingerprint support.
There is still doubt that which OEM will introduce pressure-sensitive displays that will take advantage of the feature built into Android N remains to be seen.
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