Apple’s iPhone has something called a Taptic Engine that enables slight vibrations while interacting with the phone. It allows for things like scrolling menus, 3D Touch, and the home button to deliver a slight buzz when their function is executed. It’s a serious improvement over a standard vibration motor that can’t exactly deliver the same level of quality or precision. But now, it looks like an upcoming flagship smartphone will attempt to challenge Apple in this respect.
In a press release, Immersion has announced LG has extended its licensing deal with the former which now allows the latter to utilize HD TouchSense tecnology to provide a Taptic Engine-like experience on the upcoming V30 smartphone. In case you’re unfamiliar, Immersion essentially makes and distributes haptic technology to make using your devices literally feel better. Now, the company’s high-definition haptic tech has been licensed to LG to include the feature in the Korean tech giant’s upcoming smartphones.
While the V30 is specifically mentioned in the release, it’s likely safe to say the same technology will be included in future LG smartphones like the G7 or even the V40. It’s also probably safe to assume not many developers will take advantage of the technology on hand, if any. Getting Android developers to do anything with their apps is one thing while getting them to update their apps for a specific set of devices is another. Both tasks are difficult, but the latter is near impossible and will probably never be successfully done. Therefore, if we do see implementation with the new internal in the V30, it’ll probably only be from LG.
That being said, it should still be interesting to see how much of a difference this new vibration motor makes. I don’t think I ever really mentioned it, but I love the motors in the G6 and V20 so anything better than these two will no doubt be great. I just hope it feels at least close to as good as the iPhone does. Otherwise, this hype will be proven pretty false. Of course, when we get our hands on the V30, we’ll let you know how things stand.
The LG V30 will come with a 6-inch FullVision QHD+ OLED display, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, an f/1.6 rear camera, likely Android Nougat, an upgraded DAC, and better content-creating tools. It’ll be made of glass and drop the secondary screen found on the V20 and V10.