Apple’s 3D Touch has since been replaced with haptic touch on recent iPhones but still remains quite an impressive feature. You’d press hard on, let’s say, an app icon, and a number of options would appear for the app. Apple replicates 3D Touch for those iPhones that don’t support it on iOS 13 with the alternative haptic touch. But now Google are adding new 3D Touch functionality to their Pixel 4 phones.
Pixel Feature Drop
Pixel Feature Drop 2 rolls out this week, and it includes a handful of new features, including new emojis, power button shortcuts, and dark mode timers. But a significant new feature is the inclusion of a 3D Touch like interface for Pixel 4.
What is 3D Touch?
First introduced with the iPhone 6S, 3D Touch allowed for quick shortcuts mainly for apps on the home screen. You could also use 3D Touch to preview webpages, access multitasking, and more.Other manufacturers such as Samsung have since adapted this interface style but Google has not up until now.
How to install the update
To get the new feature drop, all you have to do is find software update in Settings and check for updates. It may not be available for you just yet, so you should try occasionally checking until the update is available.This functionality is only available on Pixel 4 as far as I know so don’t be shocked if the functionality doesn’t appear on your older Pixel. However, all Pixels that are still receiving updates are eligible for all the other cool features in the new feature drop.
How do you work the feature?
To access the 3D Touch-style interface on your Pixel 4, simply long press on an app icon and a menu should appear. For example, a web browser would show options to open new tab and search the web, whilst the Phone app may allow you to access voicemail, make calls, or dial a number.The Pixel 4’s 3D Touch based functionality does seem like a cool new feature and I’m sure more software improvements will follow.
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