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Google adds multi-touch to Nexus One

updated 03:55 pm EST, Tue February 2, 2010

Nexus One update adds pinch zoom, Goggles

Google today surprised Nexus One owners by adding multi-touch through an over-the-air update. The feature now turns on pinch-to-zoom in the web browser as well as in Maps and the photo gallery. It also supplies a fix for 3G reception issues on T-Mobile.

Some of Google's own apps have been given improvements as part of the download. It now makes Goggles camera-based searching a built-in app and enables syncing of search data between the website and the Nexus One. Those who depend on Maps Navigation for GPS routing now get a night mode that automatically transitions to a darker color scheme at an appropriate time of day.

Owners should get an automatic notification about the update on their phones when it's ready to download.

The multi-touch addition is a first for any reference Android phone and hints at a possible easing of tensions between Google and Apple. While never publicly confirmed, many rumors have circulated that Apple was asking Google to withdraw multi-touch apps from phones like the Nexus One and Droid when sold in the US due to real or perceived patent concerns. The Droid's international equivalent, the Milestone, has had multi-touch in all its apps, and third-party apps are technically allowed to use multi-touch on Android 2.x devices.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    easing or escalating?

    How can this be perceived as an easing of relations? This sounds like a defiant escalation in hostilities on the part of Google. I'm starting to believe that "don't be evil" is indeed a myth. Don't Google have enough billions without entering the hardware business?

  1. flip2428

    Joined: Dec 1969



    maybe after steve jobs opened his mouth and bad mouthed google, google finally decided to stop trying to make apple happy by not incorporating multi-touch, and basically to flip them off they put Multi-touch in their US phones, I don't think this is evil, its something called competition, and competition is good for everyone

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Why would it be perceived as easing or escalating? Couldn't it just be standard competition?

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