Android N

Pressure sensitive touch was first introduced by Apple in iPhones and it was later adopted by a few OEMs on their smartphones powered by Android. Huawei has already offering pressure sensitive touch feature similar to Apple’s 3D touch on their latest P9 and P9 Plus smartphones and some other Chinese OEMs are working on that too. For this, the manufacturers have to implement it on their own, as Google doesn’t have support for that feature until now.

Due to rising demand for pressure sensitive display from OEMs, Google is now working on integrating pressure sensitive touchscreen support in Android N. When Google having this feature at OS-level support, other manufacturers using Android OS won’t have to do it on their own. In the same time, it will also have better support from third party developers.

The latest developer preview of Android N has a hint of this ability in the new “setDynamicShortcuts(List)” feature. With this, shortcuts on your home screen will show additional functionality when you press on the display, similar to the iPhone 6s. It’s not specific to pressure sensitive displays, however, so it could be invoked by other methods, such as a swipe down, on devices that don’t have a pressure sensitive display.