Google Officially Gives Multitouch to Nexus One
So it is official now. Google has decided to give out the update to the customers for making their phone multitouch enabled. The move came in earlier than expected as various forums and blogs had started revealing how to enable multi-touch on Nexus One. Google is now supplying the update through carrier’s over-the-air (OTA) interface. Although not all carriers have been able to get it till now but they will pretty soon.
The question remains that what will happen to those who bought the phone directly from Google (unlocked) and are not using any US based carrier service (yes I am talking about myself). Well I guess I would have to try my luck with manual update to get multitouch on my phone.
Check with your local carrier (US) if they have got the update yet, if not then visit Engadget for details on how to do it.
Google had released the following statement on their Official Nexus One Blog
Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive an over-the-air software update on their phones. This update provides some great new features, and fixes a few problems that some users might have experienced, including:
Google Goggles: this mobile application will now be available directly on your device by launching it from your All Apps menu. Just use your Nexus One camera to start searching the web
Google Maps: the Maps application with be updated to a new version, Google Maps 3.4, which will include:
* Starred items synchronized with maps.google.com – access your favorite places from your phone or computer
* Search suggestions from your personal maps.google.com history – makes it easy to search for places you’ve searched for before
* Night mode in Google Maps Navigation – automatically changes your screen at night for easier viewing and driving
Pinch-to-zoom functionality: devices will now include a new pinch-to-zoom mechanism in the phone’s Browser, Gallery and Maps applications
3G connectivity: we will provide a general fix to help improve 3G connectivity on some Nexus One phones
In order to access the update, you will receive a message on your phone’s notification bar. 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. We hope you enjoy these new features and look forward to your feedback