Now slavish copier Samsung looks to knock off Apple iPhone’s 3D Touch

The Investor reports, “Samsung Electronics is considering adopting a pressure-sensitive display technology, more widely known as force touch or 3-D touch, for its next flagship smartphones, including the upcoming Galaxy S8, multiple industry sources told The Investor on Nov. 14.”

“‘Samsung is mulling to adopt the force touch technology partially from the S8 but the full adoption qill come in one or two years,’ an official of a Samsung supplier on condition of anonymity,” The Investor reports. “The force touch technology detects different strengths of press on the screen, allowing users to zoom in photos or to create app shortcuts without opening them.”

“A senior executive at Samsung’s component division who wished to be unnamed also confirmed the company was working on the force touch technology for the adoption ‘in the near future,'” The Investor reports. “In the meantime, Google, the operator of the Android OS that dominates with almost 90 percent of the smartphone OS market, has also added a new force touch-based feature, called the App Shortcuts, to its latest Android Nougat 7.1 operating system.”

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          1. Apple WAS first in making it a hardware feature. The source of force touch/3D touch pressure is THE SCREEN, in Android it is an INPUT DEVICE, such as a stylus and NOT the screen.

            Force Touch/3D Touch is a HARDWARE feature, not software.

            At best for a screen on Android (at the moment), the pressure is just based on the size of the contact point versus its initial size. It “implies” pressure, because the harder you press the bigger the contact is on the screen. (iOS is also able to do this)

            However, it is NOTHING like an ACTUAL pressure reading obtained from the screen, and as noted by others “far less accurate”.

            So nyah.

      1. In all fairness, all screens before iPhone were touch sensitive, sort of. They were all resistive touch screens, which could detect strength of touch to a degree, unreliably, but now they can claim they were first.

  1. Depends on how they implement Force-Touch. If they are extending the function in the Android API from back in Android 2.0 (Eclair/Froyo) days it may just be how ‘large’ an area the press is detected to encompass. The screen itself is not pressure sensitive, the detected ‘pressure’ is simply based on the fact that more of your finger is contacting the device surface the harder you press. May require calibration in that version though.

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