Update: Just like the multiple account support that disappeared mere hours after it appeared, this awesome 3D Touch feature is now gone.
Instagram for iOS has had 3D Touch features for quite a while, but it looks like the Instagram team wanted to experiment with bringing some of these to Android as well. While the latest version for Android obviously doesn’t take advantage of force sensitive hardware (which doesn’t really exist of this side of the mobile space anyway), it does add a nifty new pop up for quickly liking, commenting, and sharing posts…
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To see the new feature, all you have to do is head to any page in the app that has a grid of photos. This can be a person or company’s profile page (we went to the Tesla Instagram page in the below video), your own profile page, or the search page. When you tap and hold on any of these photos or videos, you’ll be be able to get a glimpse at the content and quickly move your finger to the heart, comment, or share buttons.
It’s only a matter of time before Android OEMs start adding force-sensitive panels to their devices. I don’t think it’s a stretch at all to assume that Samsung has something planned for 2016 — unsurprisingly, the latest rumors suggest that the next Galaxy phones will add force-sensitive hardware. When these devices start hitting the shelves, we’ll probably begin to see feature parity with iOS.
Until then, you can download the latest version of Instagram for Android from the Play Store for free.