Google launched the Nexus One
smartphone with much fanfare from the online community. The phone
a lot of buzz leading up to its
launch and was billed as the latest "iPhone Killer" --
a title that was also bestowed upon the Motorola
The Nexus One offers a blazing fast 1
GHz Snapdragon processor, a gorgeous 480x800 AMOLED 3.7"
display, and runs Google's Android 2.1 operating system. For all of
its pluses, there have been a few niggling issues that have annoyed
users right from the start.
There were early
reports of 3G connectivity issues with the device on T-Mobile's
network. Users were complaining of the smartphone hopping from 2G to
3G sporadically and in some cases, users were reporting that 3G was
not active at all on the phone.
Another problem that bugged users
familiar with other popular smartphones like the iPhone and Palm Pre
was the lack of multi-touch support. This feature omission was made
even more glaring by the fact that Android phones available overseas
were being sold with multi-touch enabled.
Today, Google is righting the wrongs of
the Nexus One by providing an OTA update that not only fixes the 3G
connectivity issues, but also adds multi-touch support as well.
"Pinch-to-zoom" functionality is now enabled in the Maps,
Gallery, and Browser apps. The Google
Goggles app has now also been added to the phone along with an
updated Maps program (version 3.4).
"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," read a posting on the Google
Nexus One blog. "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."
quote: If Multi-touch really serves no purpose other than a fancy zoom function on a phone, is it really that big of a deal?