Pressure sensitive screens may be the next big thing


Pressure sensitive screens are yet to take off, but this may be about to change.

There have been a few smartphones here and there that have pressure sensitivity built-in, but nobody has created a significant use for it. According to a new report, chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, Meizu, Oppo and, Vivo are gearing up for a pressure sensitive screen revolution. Believe it or not, a rumor has begun spreading that an upcoming HTC made Nexus will feature the tech, meaning it will be adopted natively in Android N. This may be the mysterious HTC Nexus device that surfaced a while back.

Android N, currently nameless, will be Google’s next iteration of their mobile OS. Apple has already adopted pressure sensitivity into their mobile OS, iOS. Those at Google may have ideas in mind that take better advantage of the technology. Rumor is that Google will include it in Android N, which is due out in May. If this happens, all Android manufacturers will have to include the technology in future handsets in order to add this function. Hopefully Google will open up an API so that developers can build apps that implement the new technology as well. This will all have to fall into place if Google wants the new tech to be crowned useful and not just a gimmick. We’ll see what we get in a few months.

Source: Weibo
Via: Gizmochina

About the Author: Doug Demagistris

Doug was raised in New York and currently attends Muhlenberg College where he is majoring in Accounting. He has been a die-hard Google and Android enthusiast ever since he purchased the Samsung Galaxy Vibrant. Doug strongly prefers Android over competitors for its customization, flat Material Design and exceptional integration with Google Services. Currently, Doug switches between the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Nexus 5X, and travels with a Nexus 9. In addition, Doug wears an Android Wear smartwatch and has other gadgets such as a Nexus Player and Cardboard viewer. Aside from writing with Talk Android, Doug enjoys testing new applications, designing concepts and studying Android application development all while attempting to keep up with the rapid world of technology. He’s hopeful that his high productivity will make lives easier and more meaningful. Doug’s dream is to attend Google I/O.