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Could Samsung bring something like Apple’s 3D Touch to its smartphones?

The latest iPhones have been making headlines everywhere since their announcement last month, and Apple’s new 3D Touch feature is being singled out as one of the best things about the devices. Earlier this week, Synaptics announced that it was working on a similar technology called ClearForce, which will enable a smartphone to offer various functionality based on the force applied on the display. Synaptics said that it is working with leading OEMs for sampling ClearForce, and it’s possible we will see something 3D Touch on Samsung’s future smartphones.

Synaptics and Samsung have a history of working closely on new technologies, such as the touch-based fingerprint sensor that debuted on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. 3D Touch – or Force Touch as it was initially called – is being heralded as an intuitive method of smartphone interaction (though the consumers will decide how intuitive it really is), and we all know Samsung has never been shy of taking popular elements of its biggest competitor for its own smartphones.

Apple isn’t exactly the first to think of this technology; OEMs were working on fingerprint sensors before Apple introduced them on the iPhones and made them popular, and it’s clear that Synaptics’ version of 3D Touch has been in the works for some time. Samsung was forced to wait for more than a year before it was able to bring touch-based fingerprint scanners to the Galaxy line, and the Korean giant probably wouldn’t want to wait as long with ClearForce.

What do you think? Could the Galaxy S7 or other future Samsung phones feature displays with support for ClearForce?

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superg05
superg05

3d touch is a pointless waste of time and i hope Samsung doesn’t waste resources on this actual gimmick

hopkins1991
hopkins1991

Apple will always be years behind Android with features and Samsung with components. What makes me laugh is that Apple sue Samsung yet its Samsung producing the chips etc for their iphones lol without Samsung there would be no iPhone

hopkins1991
hopkins1991

Samsung had this with the galaxy s3 the ripple effect its all it basically is but because apple use it its apparently better lol. Apple are in more trouble than anyone lately being sued and lost over its cpu patents. Finger print sensors were used way before apple even used it. Samsung have something to prove with its next range of phones, don’t get me wrong I like my S6 but the battery life is terrible I wish I kept my note 4 now.

jkeymer
jkeymer

Same with rounded corners and interact-to-unlock. Apple even has the patent on that shit. So obviously they thought of rounded corners and the notion that a touch interface should be touched to turn on or unlock. I get what you mean though. Apples rounded corners redefined rounded corners so much you could barely call them corners.

pedrinho1977
pedrinho1977

I just love how everybody says apple was not the first to implement 3D Touch or fingerprint sensor but it´s only after when apple uses or makes it better that samsung and the others follow.

melvarius
melvarius

i used to own an hp laptop that came with windows vista (ergh!) out of the box. it had fingerprint scanning to log in. vista was all the rage back in January 30, 2007. that was 6 months before apple released the very first iphone June 2007. They may have been first to put the tech on a smartphone but as usual they just use old tech, polish it up to look new and shiny and claim it as their own.
If apple took a crap in the woods, they’d claim a patent on it and then sue the bears lmao

adrilax
adrilax

Air view is so limited to ecosystem apps, we need to see more apps supporting it ! .. apple will bring force touch to support all apps, i thing samsung need to focusing more on the system (please go a head and add all future of Cyanogenmod,) …..
and also bring back all , thermo, hydro,humidity IR for AirView, IR blaster, FM radio ,SD card to s7 and note 6, (if he can handle all that without any lag It’ll be BEAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

CrescendoFang
CrescendoFang

Just bring back all S4/Note 3 features & sensors to Note 6, It’ll be BEAST!!!

Why strip down everything (thermo, hydro, IR for AirView, IR blaster, FM radio) in Note 5?
Its more like a bare phone, nothing more apart from new SoC & UFS memory.

kronicle
kronicle

What does this writer think Air View is? Samsung was working with Synaptic on the first version of their synaptic ForcePad technology digitizer for GS4. It had problems that apparently Apple’s rip off of the technology is also having. Notice Apple is already updating bugs within ForceTouch. I don’t know if HP is having any problems with Synaptic’s touch force digitizer, but there are already two Chinese phone makers utilizing it. But the problem is with the thickness of the added digitizer and that’s why Samsung did not include it in GS6. and we’re talking touch feedback as well as… Read more »

ChodaBoy
ChodaBoy

3D/Force Touch seems like the kind of gimmick Apple and its cultists accuse Samsung of producing.

chidisstillfly
chidisstillfly

samsung had this. it was called Air view. Samsung got rid of it because no one used it. I usually turned it off on my S5 and I don’t miss it at all on the S6. As a matter of fact, I just purchased a MacBook Pro with the new touch pad. I absolutely HATE the force touch. I use this example the most because it’s what aggravates me the most about force touch. Dragging and dropping used to be easy and a basic no brainer. You click what you want to drag, hold down the track pad, and move… Read more »

harinsheth
harinsheth

In the note series…s pen have same or more features than 3D touch…but in S series samsung must bring this feature bcoz they removed “AIR VIEW” feature from s6/s6 edge…it will be warn welcome if s7 and note 6 have this feature….

Alberto Ovalle Jr
Alberto Ovalle Jr

What if Clearforce is Force Touch + Air View?

kronicle
kronicle

It’s looking like Synaptic already had Clearforce Technology in the works and you’re right about Samsung Air View coming from Synaptic ForcePad technology. Now it seems Synaptic had already been working on moving ForcePad to TouchForce and calling it ClearForce to separate it from Apple’s Force Touch!

pedling
pedling

No, Airview comes from… Tah dahh 3D-Touch (ClearPad, not Forcepad)…

“Over the years, Synaptics has developed many new human interface technologies. These technologies provide new and powerful ways for users to interact with their devices – from our 3D Touch™”; Dec. 2013 (Notice TradeMark!)

“We worked very closely with Samsung to develop Air View, which is based on Synaptics’ proprietary 3D-touch technology.” ; Maj. 2013
http://goo.gl/X1KVlD

kronicle
kronicle

It’s all developed around their ClearPad technology…. even ForcePad. Which is all centered around utilizing the air gap either between the layers of cover over digitizer on ForcePad as an additional variable pressure sensitive space for calculations or between the screen glass and digitizer on a touch surface. They all use the same controller chip! Even Samsung’s Air View. Which is utilizing the air space above the glass for variable force calculations. But in Air View the variations are set and only adjustable in Air View settings. Again…. this all revolves around 3D (meaning 3 dimensional Force or Touch on… Read more »

SamMobile1811
SamMobile1811

S-Pen is Already Pressure Sensitive on Note Series !!

HomerS66
HomerS66

Hopefully not, as everything 3D Touch/ Force Touch can do, could be achieved with just a long press on the touchscreen aswell.

And the right mouse like feature did Samsung already introduce with Air View on the Note 2.

LeifS
LeifS

Samsung has this feature already to some degree – AirView in the S4. It just works the opposite direction with less touch instead of more.
But I don’t think that 3d touch will be very convenient for users because it should face the same problems airview did – the user never knows where it works and what it does. Such “hidden” interactions can be a nightmare for average user.

MStuart
MStuart

If doesn’t have to be, if done correctly to augment the UI and create shortcuts.

Nine54
Nine54

Interesting perspective on AirView…never thought of it like that. With that in mind, it would be cool to see how Samsung could expand the use cases for it and make it more compelling. Agree regarding “hidden” interactions. The other issue I see with 3D Touch is the subjectivity around what is a “hard touch” vs. a “soft touch.” One person’s “hard touch” might another person’s “normal” touch. But now some people will have to retrain themselves or deliberately touch the screen lighter than they normally would to avoid triggering a 3D Touch action. Time-based touch controls (i.e., tap-and-hold) are objective:… Read more »

kronicle
kronicle

The reason Samsung removed Air View (touchless or near touchless digitizer features) wasn’t because people didn’t like it, but because people never used it and the fact is that developers just weren’t integrating it into their Applications. So consequently…. most people would try it and it’d fail, so they’d just forget about it. That’s exactly the way it’s going to play out for Apple with the iCopyist’s stealing Synaptic’s inventions. Developers will not be rushing to adopt it and users will grow tired of it, when it only works on very few Apps and tasks. Just like so many other… Read more »

Nine54
Nine54

Well, I think Samsung needs to do a better job of leading by example when it comes to features like this. While AirView did have some arguably interesting features, they were limited to a few of the stock apps. Where was the growing catalog of Samsung apps that leveraged this feature? Where was the expanding list of system/TouchWiz AirView capabilities? System-wide support might not be possible for all features, but Samsung should at least make sure it’s own apps took advantage of it. And, it should identify a feature set that could apply to all apps without any developer effort.

kronicle
kronicle

Unless you actually have inside access to Samsung itself, none of us can tell them what to do better than themselves. There are many reasons Air View did not get into S6 models this year. Chief among them is that Synaptic was working on improving ForcePad technology digitizer. Which was introduced something like 3 yrs ago. It is now the basis of just released ClearForce 3D technology. Which first of all proves Synaptic…. not Apple had the first force touch technology in the first place. So anyway it’s not Samsung’s fault developers fall in to a state of Ecstasy at… Read more »

Nilleshna
Nilleshna

It is pointless since there is no Android API for this yet.
How many years did it take Google to make Fingerprint API?

It is possible for Tizen though.

preime101
preime101

you don’t need Google to issue Android APIs for features like this to work, you just write your own. That is what Samsung has been doing for years and why their version of Android is more feature packed than vanilla android.

kronicle
kronicle

Glad somebody understands how far ahead of every other so called device maker. Who only settles for generic milk toast features, instead of bringing innovations…. like S-Pen Stylus in the first Phablet phone ever. Which is still the #1 Selling Phablet in a Sea of iCopyist Copycats!!! Only they can’t get into Samsung Wacom Exclusivity Deal…. because unlike Samsung, they don’t own shares in Wacom in the first place. Yeah…. and they wonder why it’s taken Apple 4 years just to copy a few puny features of S-Pen in pencil….. for iPad only… no less!!!! 😀 …..LG? yeah they have… Read more »

pedling
pedling

Synaptics already made a driver for ClearForce with these gestures…

Synaptics ClearForce Solutions:

– Variable speed scrolling
– Picture zoom and panning
– Function preview and selection
– Continuously variable gaming control functions
– Unlock and wake up
– Right-side mouse click behavior (open contextual menus)
– Line thickness control while drawing (e.g., when writing Chinese – characters and creating artwork)
– Image editing (brightness, contrast, saturation)
– Upper case and symbol selection (to bypass keyboard mode changes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9lcaL-UqIk