New Samsung patent hints at 3D Touch for the Galaxy S7

Apple’s new iPhones come with a feature called 3D Touch which offers various functionality depending upon how hard the user presses down on the display. The handset is capable of discerning the amount of force that’s applied in the tap to respond accordingly. Huawei has also brought this technology to its latest handset so it goes without saying that Samsung fans would expect the company to do something along the same lines. A new Samsung patent has been published which hints that the Galaxy S7 could have a feature similar to 3D Touch.

The patent titled Touch Input Apparatus and Electronic Device Having Thereof was submitted by Samsung back in April 2014 and has been published now by the Korean Intellectual Property Office. It’s essentially the same thing with the display being able to differentiate between the amount of force by looking at the corresponding voltage. The patent also shows that Samsung wants to use this feature to make one key perform different functions, for example one key can be used as both a space and a tab key depending upon how much force is applied when tapping it. Samsung has obviously not confirmed anything right now about the Galaxy S7 so fans can only keep their fingers crossed if they want to get 3D Touch the company’s next flagship, we might have to wait a while before we know if it’s coming for sure.

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kronicle
1 year 9 months ago
kronicle
With the date of application clearly indicating Samsung had intended to bring both Air View Touch and 3D Force prior to Apple iPhone 6s launch, Apple fans should just keep their fat mouths shut about any other competitor copying them. But…… hey, we already know that’s nearly as impossible as them not claiming Apple INVENTED EVERYTHING….. Eons and Millennium…… BEFORE THE DAWN of TIME IMMORTAL!!! lol…… But why didn’t this writer make a point of putting the DATE in the headline??? Oh yeah… maybe he couldn’t figure out that the submission date was over a year before Apple iPhone 6s… Read more »
Khlad
1 year 9 months ago
Khlad
I don’t get the meaning with 3D touch. So what’s the difference between 3D touch and longpress? For instance a friend send you a picture on MMS, you long press the MMS picture to get a full size preview of the picture, and while longpress the picture, for instance you could add, while long press and swype to left or right or op or down, you could do some options (edit, send, bla bla you name it). Same goes for your mail, long press to preview the context, swype left or right, or op or down to reply, …. What’s… Read more »
kronicle
1 year 9 months ago
kronicle
Here’s the difference in a nutshell; 3D Force Touch technology utilizes air gap either below or above the screen glass (like Air View) as an added measure of force touch calculated in degrees. It’s using the glass and air between the cover glass and screen digitizer, as a variable capacitive insulator. Press harder and it can measure the pressure used. It’s also going to be used as a weight scale measure too! ……rumors are that Samsung is using a whole new far thinner digitizer design, they’ve been working on in partnership with Synaptic. Which will bring back Air View Features… Read more »
apurba.giri
1 year 9 months ago
apurba.giri

It’s not just gimmick. It has some practical uses. With long press, once the menu opens up, it can’t be closed. With pressure sensor, the menu or previews could open only when user puts extra pressure and the screen will return to old self on releasing the pressure. This will give you multiple options on the same screen without navigating. Not to mention, the long press menu would also work with this. So within a screen, you have possibility to do several activities. If used correctly, it’ll greatly enhance the user experience!

pedrinho1977
1 year 9 months ago
pedrinho1977

Galaxy S7 will come in Rose Pink too that´s the trend with Samsung

kronicle
1 year 9 months ago
kronicle

Since when? haha….. Pink??? Yeah….. that’s what Jony 5 Ive is Alive Colors he stole from Lisa Frank Girly Man for iOS 7! xD

j2001m
1 year 9 months ago
j2001m

It did say that they asked for the rights for this. April, so is it a copy’s, if Samsung removes all the Wight of the iPhone that was added by this, it’s will be Samsung showing our to do it right, like the gear s2

luffy753
1 year 9 months ago
luffy753

Are you guys blind? It says since 2014? Wth is wrong with you guys, how is that a copy? Apple didn’t announce it at all even early this year. I bet most of you don’t even read the article lol.

apurba.giri
1 year 9 months ago
apurba.giri

You do realize everybody else (yes, including Apple) copied the concept of cellphones from Motorola right ? The fact is *Competition is good! Competition is healthy!*. Let the manufacturers fight over whose copying whose features. As a consumer, enjoy them! That’s how products would evolve!

Also, since we’re talking about Force Touch, I’m sure we haven’t seen the full potential of the feature yet! With other manufacturers *copying* it, we’ll see some upcoming great uses in near future.

harryisme
1 year 9 months ago
harryisme

I think the important part is the date of the patent filing, April 2014, So Samsung have been working on this for atleast a year before Apple introduced their force touch tech in the macbooks this year.

vassbak
1 year 9 months ago
vassbak

If you are sick go to an iPhone site or sell you Samsung device. Here some we love Samsung and we want every good tech to be “copied”.

kronicle
1 year 9 months ago
kronicle

Can’t you iDiots read? ……….or are you just blinded by the light from Saint Steve Jobs’s Halo who art in Heaven? Maybe Tim Crook’s Propaganda is making you BLIND!!!

Samsung first had Air View using Synaptic 3D Touch and patented this 3D Force technology in April 2014. That’s over a year before iPhone 6s came out! xD

_alex_
1 year 9 months ago
_alex_
is not the fact of being sick….. but just see the truth that some Sammy blind lovers still refuses to see…… In fact there’s no innovation in new sammy devices, the only innovations i see are copied from Apple(REMOVING IR, EXT SD AND REMOVABLE BATTERY ARE NOT INNOVATIONS)… copying even rose color for N5 The truth is the new sammy devices are not innovative,but just fashionable for spoiled people. I was, repeat i was a Sammy lover, i will keep my S5 for a long time, replacing it with new worthy device, that will give me at least same things… Read more »
kronicle
1 year 9 months ago
kronicle
Samsung did not include MicroSD slot for very good reasons; 1. they included 32GB of faster UFS 2.0 Next Generation memory and Free MS cloud storage. If that’s now innovation then I don’t know what is for you fools! 2. SDA membership includes some severely demented companies. That want to charge more for licensing their standards essential patents, than it costs for the new SD slot in hardware in new devices. 3. The New MicroSDXC UHS-II Slot requires added licensing fees to go with an extra row of pins required for latest MicroSD UHS-II memory cards. Like the just released… Read more »
alozide
1 year 9 months ago
alozide

I see your point _ALEX_ Samsung is changing towards the styling and customs of Apple.

Martin R.
1 year 9 months ago
Martin R.

Samsung Pay not innovative???

ProdByEchelon
1 year 9 months ago
ProdByEchelon

iPhone users are gonna get a huge laugh next year. Come on Samsung! Be original

kronicle
1 year 9 months ago
kronicle

Read the date if you can actually read. Since April 2014 patent application date came almost a year before iPhone 6s!

That’s just when they applied for 3D Force Patent before Apple. Remember too…. that Samsung had Air View 3D Touch out in 2013 Galaxy S4 and Note 3! haha…. Tim Crook’s FUD and Misinformation Pumping is filling all YOU fools with their RDF Appleholic Deaf, Dumb and Blindness! xD …..because Samsung has always been the Most Original!!!

ionutdicu
1 year 9 months ago
ionutdicu

I’m not an iphone fan at all but I’m so sick to see that every gimmick they deliver is immediately copied by samsung… disgusting

preime101
1 year 9 months ago
preime101

I know, it’s shocking how they grabbed the iphone and then traveled back in time a year and a half to copy it and then lodge the patent…

HomerS66
1 year 9 months ago
HomerS66

But i dont want this Apple gimmick in my next smartphone, i rather want depth cameras for positional tracking.

pedrinho1977
1 year 9 months ago
pedrinho1977

It was only a matter of time

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