Instagram Adds 3D Touch Experience To Android App
One of the most touted feature in the new iPhones is 3D Touch, originally introduced in Apple Watch and then improved for latest iPhones, which basically provides users with a different input method based on how hard they press the display.
The feature was pretty much a huge win for iPhone, if you are looking for this sort of thing, since there aren’t a lot of Android devices that have this option. That however didn’t stop Instagram from adding a 3D Touch-like experience to their app.
In a new update released today, Instagram replicated their own 3D Touch feature from iOS app on to the Android version through some software magic (3D Touch usually requires some specific hardware which is missing in Android devices). Instead of calculating how hard the screen is pressed, the Android version of Instagram gauges on the duration of the press. A long press ends up being a hard press and vice versa.
Long press on an image in Instagram for Android search results now and the image preview will pop up, this feature doesn’t really need a force sensitive touch screen to work, so users simply need to drag their finger away from the center of the image to shrink it back down to thumbnail size. Drag the finger over one of the share buttons to instantly share it without even having to lift the finger.
This new 3D Touch-like feature is available in version 7.13.0 of Instagram for Android that’s now available from the Play Store.