As it stands the only Android device that has a feature similar to Apple’s 3D Touch would be the Huawei Mate S that was announced last month. There are rumors that next year’s Android smartphones could start adopting similar features as well, but in the meantime if you own a Sony Xperia Z3, you could sort of enable 3D Touch for yourself.

Basically how 3D Touch works is through a pressure-sensitive display that senses how much pressure you exert on the screen. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact comes with a barometer which is used to gauge atmospheric pressure, so what Marco Chiappetta did was he used the barometer to duplicate 3D Touch on his phone.

According to Chiappetta, he discovered that he could get the barometer to actually sense air pressure within the phone itself and this was done by closing up all the ports on the phone. The end result is the phone being able to detect the subtle changes in air pressure within the handset to determine if a light or hard press is being applied to its display.

That being said this hack isn’t really for everyone since your phone would need a barometer for it to work. It isn’t permanent either as the seals aren’t 100% airtight, meaning that the more you press, the more air escapes meaning that you will need to reset the seals to get it working again. However for those who want to check it out, you can find Chiappetta’s files on GitHub where he has uploaded them.

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