So far, none of the Android flagship phones revealed this year have attempted to replicate the pressure sensitive “3D Touch” display introduced by Apple for its iPhone 6s. However, a new report claims Google could be spearheading the effort later this year with a little help from one of its oldest allies, HTC.
According to one Weibo tipster, Google and HTC are planning to introduce “pressure touch” to the next-generation Nexus lineup. The goal is apparently to standardize the feature across Android, similar to the way Google added native fingerprint support with its 6.0 Marshmallow release last year. If that’s the case, this 3D Touch equivalent could be a major feature for the company’s upcoming Android N update.
In the meantime, a handful of Android OEMs are already hard at work on their own versions of the feature. Huawei actually introduced a pressure-sensitive version of the Mate S last year, though it still hasn’t shipped. Meizu, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are all allegedly developing their own technology as well.
We hope Google and HTC can come up with a solution that works for everyone. Otherwise, the Android market could become even more fragmented as each company offers up its own unique version of the new feature.