For about the past month now, HTC rumors have largely focused on the company’s efforts to deliver its next flagship, the presumptive One M10. But back in January we were as much thinking about the One M10 as we were a couple other rumored HTC phones, as the suggestion arrived that the company could be involved with creating this year’s new Nexus models. Subsequent reports of Google itself becoming much more involved in the hardware side of the Nexus equation left us a little unsure exactly what HTC’s role would be, but the rumors persisted – especially as LG said it wouldn’t be returning for Nexus duty. And while it’s been exciting to think about what HTC might be able to bring to the Nexus table, we haven’t heard much in the way of specifics about what to expect from these phones. Now a new report attempts to clue us in on one standout feature, claiming that Google’s about to really embrace support for pressure-sensitive displays on Android – and that these HTC Nexus phones could be the ones to introduce that support.
That rumor comes from a larger report on a growing number of OEM supposedly interested in phones with pressure-sensitive touch panels, including models from Xiaomi, Meizu, OPPO, and Vivo. But for audiences in the West, the most exciting detail is this claim about HTC and Google’s involvement.
While Android phones with pressure-sensitive touch already exist, seeing the feature really go mainstream is going to require broad app support – and that’s going to mean getting Google on board with a standardized way of doing things. Baking that support into a future Android release could offer just that, and with Google’s habit of launching new Android versions alongside new Nexus hardware, this whole report rings true enough.
We may still require a little more convincing on the HTC angle, but Google’s embrace of force-sensitive touch input could well be an inevitability.