Android N will support 3D Touch

Also in today's open source roundup: Facebook will remove conversations from its mobile website to force Android users to install its Messenger app, and how to build a Linux router from scratch

Android N will support 3D Touch

Android N and 3D Touch

3D Touch was one of the best new features of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. And now Android N will make it possible for Android users to have 3D Touch on their devices as well.

Chris Smith reports for BGR:

One of the hidden features inside the second Android N Developer Preview release is native support for 3D Touch – and implicit confirmation that the iPhone 6s' best feature is going to be supported on Android device. Since its discovery, a new video emerged showing how 3D Touch could work on Android, with the help of one of the most popular launchers in the Android universe, Nova Launcher.

Detailed by Phandroid a few days ago, Android's 3D Touch is yet to have an official marketing name from Google. It's also unclear whether the new feature would work only on devices that have pressure-sensitive displays, or on any Android handset and tablet running a version of Android N.

For the purpose of this video demonstration, Android N's 3D Touch was deployed inside Nova Launcher on a device that doesn't have a pressure sensitive screen.

As you can see from the short video below, 3D Touch on Android might be similar to the iOS version, at least when it comes to deploying app shortcuts that would be available on the screen, when performing a specific gesture on an app icon. The resulting action is different than long-pressing on an application's icon, and can be triggered by a variety of gestures, not just pressure-sensitive ones. It's likely that the default gesture will be related to pressing on the display with some force.

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Facebook will remove conversations from its mobile web site

Many Android users have noted how bloated Facebook's apps are and have opted to use the mobile version of its web site instead. But now Facebook is planning to remove conversations from its mobile site, and force users to install its Messenger app on Android devices.

A redditor noted this change in a recent thread on the Android subreddit:

Sad news to those who use one of the many Facebook website wrappers. If you went onto messages from the website you would have been met with this and then you would have been redirected to the Play Store for the messenger app.

This could end Facebook wrappers and force all users to use the messenger app. Not to mention people on older phones being forced to switch to the inferior "Facebook Lite"

It's such a shame as Swipe and Metal have just had massive UI overhauls. I guess Facebook caught on that some weren't playing by their rules.

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How to build a Linux router from scratch

Sometimes building your own is a better option than buying a device made by a manufacturer. Ars Technica has a helpful guide that will show you how to build a Linux router from scratch.

Jim Salter reports for Ars Technica:

After finally reaching the tipping point with off-the-shelf solutions that can't match increasing speeds available, we recently took the plunge. Building a homebrew router turned out to be a better proposition than we could've ever imagined. With nearly any speed metric we analyzed, our little DIY kit outpaced routers whether they were of the $90- or $250-variety.

Naturally, many readers asked the obvious follow-up—"How exactly can we put that together?" Today it's time to finally pull back the curtain and offer that walkthrough. By taking a closer look at the actual build itself (hardware and software), the testing processes we used, and why we used them, hopefully any Ars readers of average technical abilities will be able to put together their own DIY speed machine. And the good news? Everything is as open source as it gets—the equipment, the processes, and the setup. If you want the DIY router we used, you can absolutely have it. This will be the guide to lead you, step-by-step.

At its most basic, a router is just a device that accepts packets on one interface and forwards them on to another interface that gets those packets closer to their eventual destination. That's not what most of us are really thinking when we think of "a router" in the sense of something we'll plug into our home or office to get to the Internet, though. What do we need to have before any homebrew device looks like a router?

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