Saturday, 4 December 2010
Nexus One Getting Multi-Touch Functionality Google Rolling Out Multi-Touch Support To Android 2.0, Deal With Apple Reached?
blaming the company's deal with Apple for the reason that Nexus One
phones in the United States didn't have general multi-touch support. An
entry on the Google Nexus One blog revealed that they'll be rolling out
an update today that will enable multi-touch on the phone.
Multi-touch, which Google's blog entry calls pinch-to-zoom
functionality , will be rolled out to all Nexus One phones via an
over-the-air update. More specifically, the multi-touch will be enabled
in the browser, Gallery app and Maps applications. No word from Google
on if it will be enabled for third-party apps, and since the news just
broke, reports from Nexus One users haven't come in yet.
Remember that Nexus One handsets in the US had limited multi-touch in
the phone's virtual keyboard only. TechCruch is also reporting that
Google is now letting mobile phone manufacturers and carriers decide if
they want to enable multi-touch on any currently available Android 2.x
smartphone, via a over-the-air update.
As we reported last week, sources within Google were telling the
internet press that Google wasn't including multi-touch on their phones
because of a deal with Apple. Apple's multi-touch patent in the United
States is very 'weak' and 'undefendable'.We've already seen multi-touch
on the Palm Pre (without a lawsuit from Apple), and Motorola's CEO
didn't seem to be phased by any Apple patents, as he revealed that
multi-touch would be coming on Motorola Android phones in the future.
Is a corporate rivalry brewing between Cupertino and Mountain View?
We'll let you decide, but if any Nexus One users out there got the
multi-touch update, please feel to post your opinions in the comments