In 2017, Google carried a long-press action with Oreo that imitated Apple’s 3D Touch without the requirement for pressure-sensitive screens.
Despite the outcome being similar, Android users needed to spend an additional second to trigger a contextual menu. Some manufacturers, for example, ZTE or Samsung have also implemented exclusive technology to mimic the iPhone’s feature, but these were fairly restricted because they weren’t available throughout the OS. 4 years after Apple introduced its 3D Touch for iPhone 6S, Google also appears to bring pressure-sensitive actions as standard in Android Q.
As per the operating system’s documentation, a new functionality called Deep Press will enable users to interact with their device by pressing harder on the screen. The official description mentions it that “it should be used to accelerate the long press behaviour,” hinting that it’ll mostly be used as a replacement for long presses.
It’s still unclear whether the feature will need specific displays to recognize hard presses, or it’ll be able to utilize the existing technology to do so. Some applications can already identify these, as your finger would typically cover a wider surface of the screen when applying more pressure, so there is a decent chance that our current handsets can already work with Deep Press.
Despite the fact that it doesn’t seem as this functionality is progressive, I’m anxious to see how developers will actualize it. We’ll keep you updated once we know more about the requirements to use Deep Press and which applications will support it.