For all those who are not very familiar with the “force touch” feature, it is a system developed by Apple for simulating clicks. The feature has been launched rather recently with the MacBook Pro and the Apple Watch getting it. With this technology, the smartphone can differentiate between a light tap and a deep press. This is helpful in determining the contextually specific controls / actions that would be executed as a result of the touch. Apple users have been enjoying this new sensing capability quite a lot, much to the envy of Android users. Well, you can now enable this feature on android devices with a rather simple process.
The “force touch” feature usually requires specialized hardware in order to allow the device to sense the amount of pressure applied while touching. It is the difference in pressure which helps the system to difference between a tap and a long press gesture. Android devices do not enjoy such privileges and no such hardware is currently available which could allow “force touch” to be emulated on this highly popular operating system.
However, developer MohammadAG created an Xposed module that detects the surface area of your taps and uses your device’s accelerometer to know when you’ve pressed the screen a little harder than normal. The feature is a very capable port of Apple’s force touch system to the android environment. Since this is relatively new, it might not work on all android devices even though the module is capable of being used system wide on Android.
What Would You Need?
- Rooted Android device
- Xposed Framework installed
- Unknown Sources enabled
Getting Force Touch for Android in 3 Steps
Before proceeding ahead, make sure that you are fully aware of the implications of rooting your smartphone and the potential issues that could arise due to root access being provided to the apps / features. If you are not too confident about getting your phone rooted, then it would be better for you to wait till a commercial and natively supported version of the force touch feature is brought out. Others may follow these simple steps.
Step 1: Install ‘System Wide Force Touch’
Go to the “Download” section of the Xposed Installer App. In this section, search for “System Wide Force Touch” and select the topmost result by tapping it. On reaching this page, swipe over to the adjacent “Versions” tab. Check out the latest entry and click on the download button next to it. The android installer should pop up after a few seconds and once the app is installed, you would have to activate the module and reboot the system to be able to use it.
Step 2: Calibrate the Force Touch Gesture
Once the installation has completed and the system has been rebooted, you can open the System Wide Force Touch from your app drawer. Before using the feature, it is important to calibrate it so that the pressure readings may be fine-tuned to your specific usage. Tap the button at the top of the screen with a little more pressure than you would normally use.
I would suggest that this process be repeated at least 4 times to calibrate the new gesture properly. When this is done, a list of measurements / readings would be displayed on top. The calibrated settings can be tested in the bottom half of the screen. In order to implement the settings, you would have to reboot the device.
Step 3: Using the Force Touch Gesture
The force touch feature should have been activated completely after the 2 reboots. Now this feature is ready to use. You can check it out by tapping any button or selecting any link with a little more pressure than usual. The gesture triggers a long press action and can be used across any app in the Android OS.
If you have installed this feature on your Android phone, then do share your experiences with us. You can also mention about compatibility issues or any other specific problem that you might have faced during the installation process.
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