Launcher shortcuts, which let you skip directly to a specific function on an app when you open it, first appeared in the latest Android N preview build, and now we’re getting a look at how the feature might look in action.

Right now, there are no apps that take advantage of these shortcuts, but Phandroid worked with Kevin Barry of Nova Launcher to simulate what they could do. In their demo, the shortcuts are only activated by gestures, like swiping down or long-pressing, but it could hint that the next version of Android will support pressure-sensitive displays in order to compete with the 3D… more

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