Is there the equivalent of 3D Touch on the new Samsung Galaxy S8?

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  1. Hieveryone macrumors 68020

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    I use the 3D Touch on the iPhone all the time, often for the Safari app to open a new tab.

    Is there an equivalent feature on the new Samsung Galaxy S8, where I can open a new tab quickly like with iPhone?
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Long press? At least there is no hardware on galaxy screen allowing something same as force touch on iPhone.
     
  3. ravipiero macrumors regular

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    I think the home button area in in nav bar is pressure sensitive
     
  4. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    But that area is too slim. You could not let app send all actions requiring force touch to that area. Wait... might be other ways.
     
  5. kkh786 macrumors regular

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    Google Android since the release of 7.1 has had the ability for "quick app shortcuts" similar to force touch on iPhones (minus the physical sensation).

    I use this function regularly to navigate on various apps on my Google Pixel. For example, if i long press on the Google Maps icon, I get quick app shortcuts to navigate to home or navigate to work (very useful!). Long press the Chrome icon gives you quick app shortcut to open a new tab or open a new incognito tab.

    I guess you need to wait for the S8 to update to 7.1 to get that functionality (how soon will you get 7.1 you ask.. well that's a discussion for another day). :p

    Hope that helps.
     
  6. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

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    Nova launcher and Action launcher (among others) both support shortcuts. I am currently using action launcher, and if I swipe up on an app, I get the 3d-touch like shortcuts.
    Touchwiz, for some reason, replaced the app specific shortcuts with system-wide actions, such as uninstall.
    I always, no matter the phone, end up on action launcher or nova. Third party launchers like these are some of the best parts of android.
     
  7. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    Therein of course lies the problem with Android. Not many devices are on 7.1.
     
  8. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    Believe it or not you can do it without special hardware as stated Nova Launcher has something similar. Oh yeah and the home button on the S8 has equivalent force touch.
     
  9. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

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    Honestly, force-touch was one of the most over-hyped features since the introduction of Siri. I never used either.

    That being said, if you have integrated that kind of feature into your usage, then the above launchers I mentioned will serve you equally well, if not better. The ability to swipe for shortcuts with action launcher, I find to be a quicker solution.
     
  10. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    I use it all the time especially on iMessage.
     
  11. DaveOP macrumors 65816

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    They were over-hyped until iOS10, in my opinion. I use them daily now, for clearing notifications, keyboard cursor, closing tabs, etc. I didn't notice how often until I tried switching to an SE, and missed it so much that I went back.
     
  12. I7guy macrumors G5

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    Not to mention peek and pop, which makes navigating through emails a breeze.
     
  13. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68020

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    3D Touch has become a staple for my daily use.

    I'm not convinced long press will cut it for me.

    At this point, it does not seem like the new Galaxy S8 has a similar feature.

    Bummer :/
     
  14. Math889 macrumors 65816

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    I cant live without 3D touch anymore. Really useful .
     
  15. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    Can't live without it??? That's overly dramatic.

    I gave up force touch and got Gmail as my default email app, chrome as my default browser, Google Maps as my.... well you get the picture.


    Mike
     
  16. mi7chy macrumors 68040

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    It's a gimmick that Huawei first reintroduced recently on the Mate S after the 2008 Blackberry Storm but like 3D touch the hype quickly died off due to fragmentation since not all devices have it while long touch is universal with every display.

    Might as well combine the other gimmicks like retina, live photos, imessage, etc. into one thread that 90% of the world don't really care about. No need for a thread per gimmick.
     
  17. dojoman macrumors 65816

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    iMessage is gimmick? :rolleyes:
     
  18. jamezr macrumors G4

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    I have it on my 7+ and it is kinda useless imho. I mean sometimes it is nice to look at an email...but then you just have to go back to your mailbox anyway so it kinda adds a step. Like the music app and 3DT...useless. It does not give me any information i need. It would be useful if it let me cycle through my playlists but it doesn't. I get an option to add a widget and a Beats playlist that does not exist. I stopped using it altogether because it did not return anything useful and I got tired of it.
     
  19. mi7chy macrumors 68040

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    Yes, imessage is a proprietary non-cross platform gimmick that only works on iOS devices that account for ~10% of all mobile devices. SMS/MMS is standard on every mobile phone in North America. Globally it's Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, etc. and although they're proprietary they have broad cross-platform support unlike imessage. Universal RCS is what's needed to replace SMS/MMS. On my WIFI only iPads I use SMS/MMS via Hangouts with Google Voice # so everyone can message me or even call me via landline. imessage can't do that so that makes 'continuity' another hyped gimmick.

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  20. dojoman, May 10, 2017
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    dojoman macrumors 65816

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    Right!!! Show a huge pie chart of "Android app data" and call it a day. Of course there's no iMessage on that pie chart. DUH!!! Show me a relevant chart on iOS and find out how many people are using iMessage.

    iMessage data itself is proprietary but I use iMessage all the time to send texts, pics to non iMessage users as SMS texts.
     
  21. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    Simple answer ... No

    I do like how force touch gives you previews of any link you press on. But that's only on Safari. I don't see it being faster than the standard long press menu, being that you have to press even harder once the review pops up to have it create a new tab. Selecting choices like copy or share link is something I do a lot, and Safari with force touch you have to touch a link so lightly to get that selection menu, which takes longer than a standard long press. Especially if your trying to do so while walking.
     
  22. I7guy macrumors G5

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    iMessage has no installation, just works. It's irrelevant to the marketshare of messaging apps my view of iMessage. To put this in context These and other "gimmicks" that Apple sells on its hardware accounts for for 79% of the industry profits. Apple must be doing something right besides selling gimmicks.

    And bye. WhatsApp isn't proprietary?
     
  23. grkm3 macrumors 6502a

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    WhatsApp is the world dominant messaging app.it has over 1 billion downloads on Android alone and not counting how many on iOS.

    It's the only app I use
     
  24. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Do people in the US use what's app to message other people in the US?

    I'm a young American, and I have heard of what's app but don't use it.

    None of my friends do I don't think. They are all American.
     
  25. grkm3 macrumors 6502a

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    There is a reason Facebook spent 19 billion on it
     

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