Android Q adding support to detect Deep press. Many have seen in some recent decisions made by Google, a kind of attempt to move Android to iOS, or at least try to reduce the differences between the two operating systems.
And with Android Q this approach should continue, as Android Q is adding native support to detect “Deep presses” on the touchscreen, similar to the 3D Touch capabilities found on recent iPhones.
What is known?
A few years after launching 3D Touch, Google added similar gestures for long clicks on the Android Oreo app launcher. It seems that Google is ready to take this step (or rather, deeper) in accordance with the new documentation for Android Q.
Referring to the next version of the giant Mountain View operating system, which was identified by 9to5Google employees and should be called “Deep Press”.
Inside the documentation for MotionEvent, which handles such things as touch screens, styluses, and mice, new information has become available to developers. Touching the touchscreen can be “categorized” as a “deep press”.
The documents explain what causes the touch to deep pressure and how the application should respond to it.
It must be a solution designed to allow the user to interact in a new way with the device: after a stronger pressure than usual, the operating system must respond with a specific action.
It is clear that the deep press is designed for quick access to the same menus and information as a long press, with a simple hard press. This should make launching an Android Q application more similar to iOS due to further 3D Touch emulation, although 3D Touch still has the advantage of detecting different levels of power.
This feature might be familiar to you, mainly because it reproduces the Force Touch, also known as 3D Touch, a system that Apple has been using for several years.
When to expect?
Deep Press will debut with Google Pixel 4, but it’s likely that many manufacturers will choose to use this new Android Q feature with their next smartphone. However, An example of this can be seen in the Easter Egg drawing application in Pixel 3, which can simulate pressure sensitivity without any special equipment.