Thursday 19 April 2018

Google Nexus One update adds multi-touch

A software update to Google's Nexus One phone has added multi-touch capabilities

A software update will bring multi-touch capabilities to Google's Nexus One phone. Photo: Getty Images
A software update will bring multi-touch capabilities to Google's Nexus One phone. Photo: Getty Images

Claudine Beaumont

It means the device can be used in a similar way to the Apple iPhone, with users now able to pinch their fingers together to zoom in or out of a web page.

Google announced that an "over the air" update would be pushed to all Nexus One users, adding multi-touch capabilities as well as additional software improvements and bug fixes.

"This update provides some great new features, and fixes a few problems that some users might have experienced," said Google's mobile team in a blog post.

The improvements included a fix to boost 3G connectivity on some devices, a "night mode" for the Google Maps Navigation satnav software to make it easier to follow routes when driving in the dark, and the ability to synchronise "favourite places" plotted on Google Maps between a computer and the Nexus One.

It also allows users to natively run Google Goggles, the company's visual search augmented reality style application, which overlays data on some objects viewed through the phone's camera.

"In order to access the update, you will receive a message on your phone's notification bar," said the Google mobile team.

"Just download the update, wait for it to install, and you should be all set. This update will be rolled out gradually to phones – and most users might not receive the notification until the end of the week."

Android phone users have clamoured for Google to integrate multi-touch functionality in to the operating system, because it creates a more natural and intuitive user interface.

The pinch-to-zoom capabilities, in particular, will be welcomed by users, who will now be able to zoom in and out of photos, web pages and maps just by pinching their fingers together or moving them apart.

Google has not yet confirmed whether multi-touch support will be coming to other Android devices.

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