Instagram brings 3D Touch-style ‘peek’ feature to its Android app

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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Apple’s 3D Touch feature is now (kind of) available on Android. Recently, the photo-sharing social network updated its Android app to support a major new feature that’s quite similar to 3D Touch, a feature that is a major selling point for Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The newest update to the Android version of Instagram includes nearly a direct port of the iOS app’s 3D Touch user interface, with two big differences: the new feature is only available in the app (you can’t do anything new with the home screen icon), and you have to long press to activate the feature, since Android phones don’t have pressure-sensitive screens — something unique to the newest iPhones.

When you long press a thumbnail image (you’ll see this layout when searching or viewing someone’s profile) a nearly full-size expansion of the photo will appear. For an iOS user moving to another iOS device, there is iCloud and in case one is switching from an Android device to an iPhone, there is an Apple app to do the needful. Why this matters: Apple’s 3D Touch has already gained significant developer support, with many apps using the “peek and pop” feature for quick previews. Instagram updated its iOS app quite some time ago to feature 3D Touch as a new way to interact with the software, so it’s good to see the social network bring similar features to Android.

Moreover, it was smart of Instagram’s developers to recognize that changes they’ve made to the iOS app had value outside of Apple’s new paradigm of pressure-sensitive screens. It used to be a pain to switch from one mobile platform to the other, but now it’s easier with Apple’s recently released Android app called “Move to iOS.” It’s all about one thing: getting you to switch to the iPhone.

While Huawei was technically first to bring a Force touch feature to market, it’s the ubiquity of the iPhone that made made pressure-sensitive displays the next arena that developers will be able to explore. The next time you switch to another Android Phone and the moment you login with the same Google account, your contacts will be restored automatically. iOS offers a number of options for backing up contacts. So if you run into any problems or are at a complete loss, remember that Apple offers free in-store help at its retail locations for transferring data to your new iPhone.

If you want it to stay synced and include any new contacts you add, then you’ll also need to go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Contacts > Default Account and select your Google account. To move contacts from your Windows Phone to Android, select sync contacts with Google in your Windows Phone contact book and the contacts will show on the Android phone. If you bought music through the Google Play Store, or you subscribe to the company’s monthly music service, you can continue to enjoy the tunes on your iPhone by downloading the free Google Play Music iOS app.

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