The function will be called Deep Press.
Apple initially introduced 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S, which is a new type of display where it detects how hard you are pushing on the screen and if supported by the app, gives alternative menu options that you can launch directly. While 3D Touch on the iPhone didn’t quite take off (it was taken away on the iPhone XR), Apple is still determined to support the feature.
Which is the latest beta of Android Q pointed to a feature called Deep Press on Android devices, which could mean that a similar feature is also coming to Android smartphones soon. The Depp Press code also explains the new feature: “the current event stream represents the user intentionally pressing harder on the screen”.
The reveal is indeed interesting, which could point to pressure-sensitive displays appearing on Android smartphones in the future. There’s also a good chance that Deep Press could work differently from 3D Touch, so we’re still clueless as to how it will be implemented.
That would mean though that pressure-sensitive displays could point to more expensive Android smartphones – so we’re keeping our fingers crossed on that one.