Nexus One update enables multi-touch, unlocks iPhone-killing potential

google-nexus-oneThe Nexus One has been revered time and time again, by us and many other mobile blogs, as the most likely contender to unseat the iPhone as the de facto king of the smartphone space. Unfortunately, the N1 hasn’t been able to realize it’s full iPhone-killing potential due to its lack of multi-touch support. That all changes today. Today, the Prince of smartphones comes into its own, giving the King a serious challenge for the smartphone throne.

Google has announced a new software update for the Nexus One that finally enables multi-touch support in the web browser, photo gallery, and Google Maps apps. With the update, N1 users will be able to zoom in and out of pictures, web pages and Google Maps by pinching the screen. You read that correctly, the Nexus One is officially able to multi-touch itself!

The Nexus One update will also make Google Goggles a default app, allowing users to snap pictures of everyday objects and search the web using that image. It will also bring Google Maps up to version 3.4, which synchronizes starred items, offers search suggestions, and a new Night Mode for easy nighttime viewing. Thankfully, Google says the update will fix 3G connectivity issues.

Powered by Android OS 2.1, the Nexus One offers Android fans the most advanced Android features on market today – in fact, no other Android phone currently runs Android 2.1. And, with a feature-set that includes a 1Ghz processor, 3.7-inch capacitive OLED touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera with flash, 3G, WiFi, and GPS packed into a body no thicker than a pencil, it’s clear that the Nexus One is one of this year’s hottest smartphones. The N1 just needed pinch-to-zoom functionality to give it the chops to take the iPhone 3GS head-on.

It’s actually amazing how much of a difference pinch-to-zoom functionality makes on a smartphone with a capacitive touchscreen. I’ve personally felt that the Nexus One was fully capable of hanging with the iPhone without pinch-zooming capabilities. Now that it has multi-touch, though, the N1 has the potential to give Apple reason to sweat.

[Via: Google]

  • JimJam

    The Nexus One never lacked multi-touch. It just didn’t have pinch to zoom in the native applications.

  • Willy

    What about “smart” double tapping which enlarges text columns and photos to just the right size to fill the screen? On the iPhone, this is actually more convenient than pinching and spreading.

  • Shimmy

    If this thing comes out with AT&T 3G onboard, I am so replacing my iPhone 3G! (I’ll still keep it around as sort of an iPod touch though)

    • Robert Zu

      Per Apple support, if iphone becomes diconnected from AT&T service, Itunes will no longer be able to syncrnonize. Thereby, loosing capability to future Itunes downloads. In other words, Itunes in Iphone is only good as long there is a cell phone active service in it. 🙁

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