Synaptics to Bring 3D-Touch Features to Android Devices in 2016
Apple's 3D Touch and Huawei's Force Touch for their respective displays have no doubt added another layer of interaction with smart devices for the world to see. Besides their own phones, there are no other smartphone in the world that supports this pressure sensitive display to date.
To that end, Synaptics announced last month that it would be bringing that technology to the Android market sometime in 2016. The company also announced three new ClearPad discrete touch controller solutions, which will enable “increased functionality and entirely new dimensions to touch” for smartphones, tablets, and automative apps.
Through the use of ClearForce technology, the company is hoping that OEMs can provide customers with new touch interactions, such as speed scrolling, gaming, text, or photo editing, by applying varying amounts of force with either a finger, a knuckle, or a stylus.
“Our broad patent portfolio and years of proven experience in touch technology has once again enabled us to provide smartphone OEMs and LCMs with cutting-edge user experience solutions,” said Kevin Barber, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Smart Display Division, Synaptics. “The latest ClearPad family of products extends into multiple market segments with exciting new functionality and underscores Synaptics' innovation and leadership in creating unmatched touch solutions.”
One of the company's touch controller solutions, known currently as the Synaptics 3700 series, will have these features enabled with it: ClearForce variable force sensing technology, SideTouch for edge gesturing, unique active and passive stylus capabilities, and non-touch hover performance at distances of 25mm.
Currently, Apple's 3D Touch technology is not available for non-Apple devices. Synaptics is hoping to change that by 2016.