Rumors have been circulating that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge may receive the 3D touch treatment. Learn more about what 3D touch is and what 3D touch on the Galaxy S8 could mean in this article.
For those unaware, 3D touch is a technology that Apple introduced to their iPhone lineup. With 3D touch, the device can determine how hard a user is pressing the display – this opens up a new option for controlling apps.
For example, currently on devices without 3D touch, users can tap their display, or hold their finger on the display for two different control options. Users can also swipe the display or use two fingers for different gesture control. 3D touch completely changes the game by not only adding the option for apps to be controlled by light taps and hard taps, but also light holds and hard holds, potentially adding four new control options.
3D touch on the Galaxy S8
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3D touch on the Galaxy S8 will be nicknamed differently – Samsung may introduce their own naming system for it to avoid running into trouble with Apple, but the experience will most likely be the same.
If Samsung does implement 3D touch on the Galaxy S8, it will mean that users will be able to operate the TouchWiz interface differently. It’s hard to know for sure what Samsung would use 3D touch for, but with the variety of useful utility features and software functionality that the Galaxy S8 TouchWiz UX will provide, 3D touch could be a great way for users to access a range of different apps and functions differently.
For example, gently tapping the settings app may bring up basic settings: wifi, bluetooth, mobile data, etc. Gently holding the settings app could bring up details about battery life, storage, installed apps etc. Tapping the display with more pressure could reveal a list of other settings and holding the display with more pressure could do the same.
This system could be applied for a variety of Samsung apps and interface menus.
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