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Google’s new “firm press” for Pixel phones is like Apple’s 3D touch… but with software rather than hardware

Google has a habit of using software to do things competitors do with hardware. Apple added support for bokeh-style portraits by introducing a second camera to its phones. Google let blur the background of photos using just a single camera thanks to software algorithms. The latest iteration? Google has basically cloned Apple’s 3D Touch feature. […]

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Android N preview 2 includes hints of Force Touch support and Virtual Reality mode

Google recently launched the second developer preview of Android N with support for the Vulcan graphics API, Unicode 9 emoji (with options for emoji that look like people rather than little yellow blobs), and launcher shortcuts. But there are also a number of thing in Android N Developer Preview 2 that Google didn’t officially call attention […]