Apple’s implementation of the Force Touch technology into a smart watch Apple Watch 3D Touch and in the iPhone 6s has set a new trend on the mobile market. The Android manufacturers mass-produce their own analogues of the touch sensitive displays for flagship solutions and smartphones in the medium price range.
According to DigiTimes, shipments of display modules defining the effect of depression on screen, in 2016 will increase by 317%, reaching 461 million units. This means that every fourth smartphone released next year will get recognize force pressing display, same hardware as in the iPhone 6s.
GUI iOS 9 supports this technology and, depending on the pressing force, performs certain actions. In addition to such familiar gestures like touch, swipe, and pinch, 3D Touch allows you to use Peek and Pop. Through these gestures, you can view online content and work with it, even opening. For example, if you click on a letter, Peek show preview. But if you push harder — it will Pop open. 3D Touch is one of the key innovations in the iPhone 6s that set it apart from iPhone 6.
It should be understood that the 3D Touch has nothing to do with familiar to most Android users retention. The combination of special software algorithms and physical modules allow the iPhone screen to distinguish between depression of different intensity and interpret them depending on the action being performed. Sensor to detect the many gradations of pressure and tactile response feature called the taptic Engine, is unique to the market solution.
Network sources claim that the next flagship Samsung Galaxy S7 will get the support of similar technologies. The company is not the first time decides to follow the footsteps of Apple: in 2013, after the presentation of iPhone 5s, the top Manager of the South Korean firm announced his intention at all was to equip future flagship 64-bit processor.
Latest reports indicate that in China and the largest manufacturer Xiaomi, often called “Chinese Apple”, has also received a patent for his version of the function implementation. Does not specify whether the company to develop its own technology or will stop at a ready solution from Synaptics. Although most likely still appears to be recent developments.