Published in Mobiles

The reason behind the G1's lack of multi-touch


Well, Apple asked nicely


T-Mobile’s G1, the first Android-based phone has been often criticized over its lack of multi-touch technology. This technology, as you might know, allows touch screens to accept multiple points of contact simultaneously, and although Android and the G1’s screen both can support it, it hasn’t been implemented here.

An unnamed Android team member claims that Apple had asked Google not to implement this technology, and Google strangely enough agreed. However, this shouldn’t sound as strange after knowing that Apple’s allegedly considering legally pursuing Palm for the company’s usage of multi-touch technology on their Pre phone.

So, if this is indeed true, then it seems Google will try pretty much everything not to stir Apple’s waters, but this would still be a lame reason for the G1’s lack of support. On the other hand, if you’re really keen on getting this feature, we’re sure that we’ll see some workarounds, probably of dubious legality, such as this one.

More here.

Last modified on 11 February 2009
Rate this item
(0 votes)