And with that, Android has suddenly lost its touch.
There’s been plenty of experimentation with a string of code that makes use of Force Touch at the homescreen level. What was dubbed as “Launcher Shortcuts” took a bit of engineering from app developers to suss out, but we hoped that enough progress would be made for it to be a mentioned feature at Google I/O. Well, it didn’t get mentioned among several other multitasking features and now we know that it will not be meant for Android N.
The Android Developers site has release notes out for N’s third preview which includes the new VR Mode for Daydream, a mode for tuning app performance over long periods of time and, pertinently, the loss of Launcher Shortcuts.
We’ve decided to defer this feature to a future release of Android. We plan to remove the Launcher Shortcuts APIs (ShortcutManager and others) from the public Android N API starting in the next developer preview.
Remember, if you have a recent Nexus device, you can always flash this preview back onto your device if you feel like playing around with your shortcuts a bit more.
But in the meantime, it’s all 3D Touch to us.