HTC wants to revolutionise selfies with new 'squeeze' feature on U11
HTC’s new U11 is the first modern smartphone to be “squeezable” thanks to a new technology called Edge Sense.
Pressure sensors built into both sides of the bottom half of the device can detect when the phone is being squeezed – and users can now use this as a shortcut into different features.
For example, a short squeeze of the U11 automatically opens the camera, with a second taking a photo – with a small vibration confirming the phone felt the squeeze.
HTC has suggested being able to control a phone using just grip makes taking photos easier than on rival devices, which require a button or screen press in order to capture selfies or group shots.
Away from the camera, gripping the Edge Sense for longer prompts Google Assistant, launching the smart assistant’s voice controls so users can ask questions and other queries.
Edge Sense can also be used to voice dictate messages.
From within the phone’s settings, users are also able to customise the squeeze feature and designate an app to quickly launch via Edge Sense.
The technology giant also said Edge Sense is easier to use than some other interactions – including fingerprint scanners – as it can be used when the phone is wet or the user is wearing gloves.
Both scenarios can be known to restrict the effectiveness of fingerprint sensors.