Sony Ericsson to receive multi touch update.

Prior to the release of the Xperia X10, Sony Ericsson made it clear to potential buyers that their premiere Android phone would not receive any multitouch love.  However, in a recent post on their product blog, Sony Ericsson appears to be going back on their word. And that's a good thing. According to this post, some of their hardworking engineers were able to dig a little deeper into the driver and firmware for the touch digitizer, and enhanced (or enabled) its multi touch tracking.

They also mention that the X10's digitizer is not perfect when it comes to multitouch, so multitouch functionality will be very limited.  How limited, you ask?  Right now they plan on enabling pinch to zoom for just the browser and Google Maps.  It might not sound like much, but when I stop and think about it, most of my pinching and zooming is done within those two apps.  SE also noted that third party applications will also support multitouch/pinch to zoom on the X10, but the experience may be a bit buggy.

SE hasn't given an exact date as to when you can start using two fingers on your X10, but they're aiming to have this pushed out via OTA in Q1 of next year.  [Sony Ericsson]

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Pinch to zoom still in the works for Sony Ericsson X10 family (really?)

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It's really sad... best hardware on the market, crippled by lazy implementation of modern day necessities. I would not pay to use such a device, if another device does it better. Nexus one has the same issue, only it's acceptable seeing as it as much faster updates. By the time SE makes this update to Q1 2011, they will already have that PSPhone announced or maybe a new X device. It's really sad, that Sony can never do any good in the mobile market, they can never improve via software because they crippled it via hardware, PSP *cough cough*.

However if someone held me at gun point asking "Backflip or X10" I think I just might go for the X10, it's not THAT bad, but it is bad. It's funny though cause I am comparing with year old technology.

You guys do realize that the X10 has the same digitizer hardware a Nexus One/Desire/Incredible has, right? This will give you the SAME lackluster results as the hack HTC used to enable multi-touch on their "flagship" devices.

SE decided not to do that for the X10 in the first place because 1.6 didn't take advantage of it anyway, and it is indeed a hack.