Nexus One rumors

There's a rumor running 'round (started at Android-France) that the Nexus One could be in line for an over-the-air update in the coming days that would bring a few bug fixes. Here's how Google Translate, erm, translates them:

  • Better memory management with a new version of the Linux kernel to operate in short, all the device memory which is not the case today.
  • Fixed problem of MultiTouch when fingers are too close.
  • Activating the FM radio feature of the camera!

A new kernel's not that big a deal. OK, it's a big deal if you're the one tweaking the thing, but it ain't FroYo (yet). As for the multitouch thing (and someone sing out if we still have this wrong), it's our understanding (and we've talked to developers and HTC about this after our initial confusion) that the screen itself is the limiting factor in this equation, and that it simply can't register a pair of points if they're closer than 15mm. (If there's some weird software trick for this, cool.) And as for the FM radio? In the camera? Um, OK. (Update: Ah ha! Translation error. It's just talking about turning on the FM capability in the chipset. We'll see. Thanks, MoFo)

Anyhoo, there are plenty of improvements we'd like to see in Android, and some specifically for the Nexus One. There's an official list going here, if you want to check it out, that runs the gamut from the FM radio to WiFi to just about any Android issue you can think of.

So is an update on the way? Dunno. But we're willing to bet Google's not just resting on its laurels.


Reader comments

About the recent Nexus One update rumor ...


gut tells me nothing comes out until Google I/O.
We make these issues into something bigger than they really are, because we want perfection.

"Interestingly, there is a hack in the framework (which is enabled on the Droid, but not on the N1) that can be enabled by setting config_filterTouchEvents. With it disabled (the default), I get the axis-flipping problem. Enabling it fixes this, but there are still issues with the points “sticking” when they cross." --Cyanogen

One would assume that any update would include this change, so maybe it's not all quite as far fetched as you think! (except for the radio in the camera!)

The French website actually says "Activation of the FM radio function of the device", there is no camera mentioned.
(appareil = device; appareil photo = camera)

While I cannot speak directly to the screen issue as my N1 seems to not suffer from said issue, I graciously accept any and all updates that Google decides to send forth from Mountain View.

Most likely any major update will hit after I/O (which I am excited to attend thanks to a good friend who works in the mobile industry) and knowing Google will probably be a big upgrade.


I do not want to listen to the radio on my n1. I don't want to listen to the radio period. BUT a built in fm transmitter (like I remember being on a crappy sprint dumbphone) would be AWETHUM