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Motorola Droid adds mult-touch in Google Maps

updated 02:55 pm EST, Fri February 5, 2010

Google gives Droid partial multi-touch

Google and Verizon today quietly pushed an update to the Motorola Droid that brings multi-touch to the smartphone in limited form. The over-the-air 3.4 upgrade switches on pinch-to-zoom control in Google Maps. Unlike the Nexus One update, though, the change doesn't extend to the web browser or photo gallery.

Droid owners can load the update through Android Market.

The update heralds a rapid leveling of the playing field for Android in the US. Previously, multi-touch had been conspicuously absent from American phones even when international models had the same support, such as the Droid's worldwide counterpart, the Milestone. Rumors have circulated that Apple had Google pull support in the US out of a "gentleman's agreement" to avoid patent disputes and ease competitive tensions between Android handsets and the iPhone. It's not clear whether such an agreement is being dropped, if it existed, or if technical factors may have come into play.

Android 2.0 and 2.1 have a multi-touch framework built-in, but apps have to implement the technology themselves.

By Electronista Staff


  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009


    Let's see....

    multi-task, multi-touch, MULTI-SLAP!

  1. sgirard

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2005



    So multi-touch works in maps on the Droid, but not in the browser on the Droid, but multi-touch works everywhere on the Nexus One (finally), but it doesn't work most anywhere on the G1. And my Android apps won't work on my Chrome OS tablet, and the Chrome browser is something else entirely.

    Apple makes everything so much simpler to understand.

  1. wingdo

    Senior User

    Joined: Apr 2001


    Confused myself

    I have a Droid and love it (mostly because I could only get EDGE in most places with my iPhone), but the 5 bazillion versions of the OS out there drives me nuts too. It does appear to be a LOT easier to control things when you write the s/w and made the h/w.

  1. helpingout09

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2010


    One more reason...

    As an early adopter, I've been quite happy with my Droid. Fast, efficient, and it keeps being updated. Gotta love the support.

    I think today was a big day for Motorola. Along with their Droid getting its first multitouch update, the Droid also fell in price to the hallowed $99.99 level (according to

    I think Motorola is going to sell a lot more Droids at said price-point; maybe even make some loyal customers. And I definitely think those users are going to get a very capable, excellent smartphone for a more-than-fair price.

    This is just one more reason to adopt a Droid :)

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