In the latest reports surfacing, it seems Android N has some good things ahead of its official release later this year.
Apple took the world by storm when it introduced the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus with screen technology known as 3D Touch. With this technology, users are able to press or tap the screen at different pressures to execute a number of functions or bring out different options for the same. This is the same technology that Google is believed to be working on, according to some leaked notes with respect to the latest Android N Developer Preview 2.
Android N Developer Preview 2 showed up a few days ago and as it seems, the release of the stable version might be closer than ever. Google is expected to hold its annual developer conference from May 18 through to 20th and it is during this day that the stable version of Android N is expected to see light. Also, rumors have it that the Google Nexus 2016 version will debut on this day, running on the latest Android OS.
In the leaked information, a number of paragraphs that describe the Android N Launcher shortcuts feature point to something close to Force Touch technology with respect to future devices running on this operating system. As it seems, the gesture-based version of Force Touch will make its way into the final version of Android N, however, it might not be possible to work with the already released devices such as Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, HTC 10, Xiaomi Mi 5 and more. This is because the feature still needs some changes in the hardware in order for it to work.
If this is the case, it is possible that Force Touch technology in smartphones might wait until later this year or early 2017 for it to show up on major smartphone flagships. Still, the fact that Google is baking the feature right into the OS may suggest that this year’s Nexus devices might come with Force Touch technology.
Speaking of Google Nexus 2016, this device is still a huge rumor at the moment. Some rumors point towards a potential reunion between HTC and Google as far as the Google Nexus 2016 is concerned. However, as noted, these are just plain rumors and Google or HTC have yet to confirm any of this. HTC was responsible for the manufacture of Google Nexus One.