Samsung is never one for letting Apple have a new feature without already having an idea of how best to neutralize that advantage. And by neutralise, we usually mean copy. It may be an argument that has been raging between Apple and Samsung fans for years, but the simple fact of the matter is that both companies have borrowed from one another, with Samsung, obviously, has done it many times more than Apple.
So when Apple announced Force Touch for the Apple Watch last year, attention automatically switched to whether the next iPhone would feature something similar, it was already likely that Samsung was paying close attention. Fast forward to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus announcement event, and the arrival of 3D Touch, and it became almost inevitable that Samsung’s next big smartphone would follow suit.
Now we are starting to hear more rumors that the Galaxy S7 will indeed feature something similar to 3D Touch, just as we had expected.
A posting to Chinese social media site Weibo claims that the next big Android device from Samsung will feature a 3D Touch-like technology created by Synaptics, called ClearForce. That same technology currently resides within the Huawei Mate S, and Samsung is said to also be a partner of the company.
If Samsung is indeed getting ready to bring its own touch and pressure sensitive screen to the Galaxy S7, the company may decide to use it in differing ways to Apple’s new iPhones. Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, for example, uses a stylus to initiate context-sensitive menus and we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see ClearForce used to bring a similar feature to the Galaxy S7, but without the need for a stylus.
At this point, it’s still early days for 3D Touch on iPhone, but with developers starting to get apps out the door that offer support for the new hardware, things could get very interesting in the world of peeking and popping.
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