Android N to Feature 3D Touch Rip-Off

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Google’s latest Android N beta has revealed that the operating system will feature support for ‘launcher shortcuts’, which sound suspiciously similar to a little something called 3D Touch. Devs will be able to "define shortcuts which users can expose in the launcher to help them perform actions quicker,” which is a long-winded way of saying you’ll be able to dive into app menus directly from your home screen. Like you can on the iPhone 6S.

While Google hasn’t explicitly said that pressure-sensitive displays will be the key for activating such a feature, The Verge reports that Google’s more or less admitted that that will be the case. Huawei has, of course already dabbled with its own version of 3D Touch with the Mate S, but Android’s jump onto the bandwagon means we’re guaranteed to see more handsets feature the technology in the near future.

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While this year’s smartphone wars centred around photography, we may already know what 2017 has in store. Mobile phones: exciting as ever. [Verge, Phandroid]