This year has seen some new display technologies that have been featured in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge’s curved AMOLED display, Apple’s iPhone 3D Touch and Huawei’s force touch.
Meanwhile, EDO Tech of China, alongside Samsung and LG, continue pioneering the display market with innovative advancements in the flexible technology department. After the announcement of Apple’s 3D touch, we were pretty curious about the impact of such developments, but unfortunately, the advancements in this technology are still gimmicky as of now and its more of a sugarcoated feature on the iPhones.
However, this tech is expected to grow and it remains the talk of the industry despite its less practical approach on the Apple devices. There are so many opportunities that this concept presents to the industry as a whole as Force Touch has become quite popular thanks to adoption by two big mobile manufacturers (namely: Apple and Huawei).
New reports from Taiwan suggest that the Force Touch technology is about to see a much wider adoption as more OEMs will be hopping on the bandwagon to release devices with the same or similar technology (with an entirely different implementation) in order to be able to compete with Apple and Huawei in that respect.
Although Apple’s 3D Touch and Force Touch are similar technologies, you should know that there is quite a notable difference between both, and this includes their respective implementation on the respective smartphones that they are featured in.
The earliest implementation of this tech was in the Apple Watch after which Apple added an extra layer of sensitivity and decided to rename it from Force Touch to 3D Touch.
It is important to know that these two technologies (from Apple and Huawei) basically function the same way, but the 3D Touch is a tad better than Force Touch. This is especially due to the extra sensitivity layer the 3D Touch comes with and its implementation in Apple’s newest gadgets.
We are not trying to imply that the 3D Touch is a better technology; both are still very new and we will wait and see how they both mature over time.
Allegedly, seven smartphone OEMs have stepped up to feature the Force Touch tech in their flagships for the year 2016 and there are three companies that are looking at the market for this tech. These companies are Taiwan and China-based and they include FocalTech Systems, Goodix, and Elan Microelectronics.
Sources also have it that the aforementioned establishments have been working on other technologies, that include fingerprint sensors, so as to meet up with the extra security demands for NFC-based payments (Android Pay, Samsung Pay and yet-to-be launched LG Pay).
Although the production rate of the respective companies is currently at a low volume, the figures are expected to grow exponentially as demand for the sensors increases.
Conclusively, a high percentage of midrange devices to flagships, next year, should feature Force Touch alongside fingerprints sensors, as the adoption of Marshmallow and Android Pay increases (as there would be the need for a more prominent means of security across the majority of Android devices next year).
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