With the announcement of the Apple Watch‘s “Force Touch” first and the iPhone 6s‘ 3D Touch after, Apple introduced a new, intriguing way to interact with our screens, matching interesting software features with the pressure-sensitive panel behind the actual display.

Predictably, despite some devices like Huawei‘s Mate S or ZTE‘s Axon Mini already supporting some sort of similar, proprietary technologies, Google was rumored to be working on a system-wide implementation for all Android OEMs to use. However, as Recode reports, the support for such a feature seems to have been put momentarily on hold…

Looking at the documentation released with the second preview build of Android N, the company’s latest operating system version, speculation had been made about support for a 3D Touch-like feature to be incoming so that developers could take advantage of the feature in a relatively short time.

Recode’s sources, however, seem to have confirmed that while still in development, Google’s implementation will likely not see the light of day at next week’s I/O, the company’s big conference that covers the state of Android among other things.

However, Google may still offer a peek at it, as apparently the delay is due to “maintenance update(s) to the software”, which means a later, even minor update of the final software could see the feature go live.


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