One feature that has been conspicuously missing in Android since its launch has been a biggie--multi-touch. Multi-touch is the wonderful input method that reads multiple touch inputs at once. It gives for a more 'natural' control of input, instead of zooming in/out by tapping plus/minus signs, you can simply pinch or pull the screen. We've said it before but: Multitouch has become the benchmark for touchscreen browsing. The iPhone has it, the Pre has it, Android should definitely have it by now.

Luckily, CNET reports that official multi-touch support will be coming to the Android 2.0 update, which is expected to release this holiday season. Having multi-touch in Android is necessary not because of just its improvement to the user experience but it will take away a bullet point from its competitors. And to clarify, Eclair, not Donut, is expected to be 2.0.

Excited for the multi-touch news?


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Multi-Touch Coming to Android in 2.0, Eclair ?


Yes, multi-touch has always been possible in Android as far as I know, but was disabled. HTC re-enabled it in their SenseUI

Well G1 users were able to update to Android 1.5 "Cupcake" from 1.0. Because Android is open I assume we will be having updates on our phones for at least a couple of years.

I am new to the android/smart phone world so I am wondering if this will be an update that I can get for the t-mobile my touch that I just purchased? or will I not be able to get 2.0? thanks.

I have had muti-touch in the Android browser for some time now (I'm rooted, of course). To be honest, I barelt, if ever use it. While I'm sure that it can be useful for other apps, such as games, it's not a feature - can't live without. In fact, I find that the photo slide app I have that does NOT use multi-touch zoom uses a better method for zooming (up and down). It's a gimic pure and simple. There are plenty of other featues I'd prefer to see over multi-touch.

If I were to buy the Hero right now, could I be certain that I'll be able to update to 2.0 in the future?

Coming from WM, official upgrades to newer OS versions are virtually never given.