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Android finally gets multi-touch in the U.S.

Google launched the Nexus One smartphone with much fanfare from the online community. The phone generated 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 Droid.

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."

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RE: Still waiting...
By cmdrdredd on 2/2/2010 10:07:52 PM , Rating: -1
I'm still waiting for someone to release a phone that has as many apps as the iPhone, works as easily, has as good a UI, AND is marketed properly.

These supposed iPhone killers will never touch the iPhone if they are marketed improperly. Listing a bunch of wizbang "mee-too" features and a couple ".2% better than the iPhone" gizmos built in doesn't help at all. I mean, you can say anything about the Android doing this or that that the iPhone doesn't, but you can still jailbreak an iPhone and get just about everything that way. Camera was a big deal, but honestly who has used both? Neither is that great and the iPhone actually takes pictures I can see on screen.

It's just unfortunate that Apple markets well, has a sleek product design, and has a simple UI that nobody seems to be able to do better yet.

RE: Still waiting...
By jvillaro on 2/2/2010 10:31:31 PM , Rating: 2
AND is marketed properly

Just so we know. How does this translate into a better phone for the consumer? I mean the other things your said were important, but that last one must be the most important thing. You even used capitol letters for that.

RE: Still waiting...
By wuZheng on 2/2/2010 10:50:23 PM , Rating: 2
... marketed properly.

So... how well the company did to properly identify and advertise to its target market is relevant to how satisfied YOU are with YOUR phone. I see, to each their own... but that sounds more BS than Apple's... well... marketing.

Concerning the iPhone's UI and apps, yes... the UI was very well done, its intuitive, fast, and efficient. With regards to the apps, I like to make an analog to the Wii, proportionally few killer apps compared to the shovelware. Apple's industrial design is also very good, I agree. But IMO, HTC did a pretty good job on the Nexus One's exterior and most of their other android phones, in particular I'd like to point out the Magic/myTouch 3G as an example.

I take issue with the opinion that Apple's UI is absolutely superior though. Apple's products are great because they give the impression of luxury quality to the mass market, and accessible technology to the layman. Android's UI is not any more difficult to pick up and use as compared to iPhone's and offers more control over the device even after the iPhone has been jailbroken (which kinda sucks that you have to do that in the first place, IMHO). Point being, they are basically equivalent products... just that Apple tells you exactly what you can and cannot do with it (again, by original product design only).

For the camera, someone did a review of the iPhone's camera vs. the Nexus One's, the N1's camera was without a doubt superior. You can Google that up yourself. But seriously, did you really think older camera sensor tech would be able to compare to newer tech? Surely not?

So, according to many of bases on which you compare these two products, Android (in specific, the N1) is either equivalent(UI, apps, miscellaneous features) or superior(camera).

Its funny then that your least relevant point in comparing these products as phones is exactly why the N1 isn't doing as well as Google/Android fans have hoped, poor marketing.

So, I guess I have to revise the opening to this, the factor which seems MOST important to YOUR satisfaction with YOUR phone's performance is actually Apple's marketing. Perfectly rational, right?

RE: Still waiting...
By piroroadkill on 2/3/2010 3:35:53 AM , Rating: 2
The Nexus One has a bunch of ram, and thus will be able to multitask properly out of the box

This is good enough alone

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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