Nexus One having problems with multitouch?

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Nexus One having problems with multitouch?
This is news that might make some Nexus One owners feel a little upset and make Motorola DROID owners smile. The former phone is having some problems with its multitouch support. Wait-don't panic. The pinch-to-zoom is working just fine. We know many of you who would rather miss their morning coffee than lose pinch-to-zoom. No, the problem is when two fingers are close to each other or cross the same axis, the data points get reversed. An app called Multitouch Visible Test is available in the Android Market and is supposed to show exactly where the phone is recording the two finger touches. Using this app reveals the problem with the phone.

While some are complaining about the multitouch on the Nexus One, the DROID has no such problems despite running the slightly older 2.0.1 OS. And for those ready to cry "Shenanigans", the DROID currently does support multitouch for Google Maps and for third party games. Check out the video below which shows the problem that the N-One has had. Can this be fixed? It doesn't appear to be a software problem, unfortunately. In fact, a Google engineer named Diane Hackborn (what a GREAT name for someone dealing with smartphones) says that the touchscreen on the Nexus One is the same as used on the G1 and myTouch models. She says that the DROID has a sensor from a different manufacturer that behaves differently. Between the lines, she is saying that the display on the Motorola device is more capable and can better handle multitouch action. Since it is not an Android problem and is not software related, there is not much outside of a recall that can fix the problem.

HTC Nexus One Specifications | Review
Motorola DROID Specifications | Review

source: AndroidandMe

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22 Comments

1. mahsan88

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 03, 2010

My upgrade has been available since April 2009. I waited almost the entire year for the DROID. But right before the DROID was released, we learned about the Nexus One coming to verizon as well as the Incredible (or whatever it may be called at release). At this point i am pretty much waiting for the Nexus One to be released on verizon so i can buy it. But i feel like almost everyday the nexus one is having issues. I am one of those people who need multi touch and will use it a lot. Do you guys think the Verizon version would have the same issues? Anyone out there who has played with both phones and can give me a unbiased opinion, please let me know! I need some help!!! Thanks in advance

4. ehaus81

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 02, 2010

I was in your shoes not too long ago. I bought the Droid and haven't looked back. There are plenty of resources available that will help you enable multi touch on the Droid right now in a few areas where it's not currently supported and you can overclock the processor to 1Ghz if you feel you need the speed which in my opinion you don't. It's an extremely capable handset and I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again. Since it's release months ago there haven't been all these issues that keep popping up with the Nexus and as evidenced by this article, they're not all software related so that rules out easy fixes.

7. rockstar323

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 15, 2009

You also need to take into consideration that the N1 on Verizon is going to be sold through Google not Verizon. I highly doubt that you will be able to use a new every 2 to get the N1. They may also require you to be on a certain rate plan to get upgrade pricing.

13. jhoots

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

you can get the N1 with an upgrade. The rate plan doesnt have to change as long as you have data..

18. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

I was also going to wait for nexus one but got antsy and just went with droid. I do not regret it for a moment. Here are the pros for the nexus one -faster -little bit sleeker looking And the cons -New issues being reported every day -only sold through google so i can't call verizon for support In my opinions the cons most definitely outweigh the pros. The droid has been a proven success in its first go around while the nexuse one reminds me more of the original storm with all these defects at release

21. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

9 times out of ten HTC equipment is garbage with buttons popping off, touch screen issues, poor connectivity, etc. Wait isn't that the same issues we are seeing in N1! so maybe it is not the N1's falt just poor build quality from HTC. Long live Droid!

22. geobyte

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Both the droid and nexus one are good devices .. and to tell you the truth this issue with multitouch is not obvious and if this video has not been posted no one would ever noticed it .. and a developer in Xda forums said that this issue is mostly software .. so no biggie

2. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

You should probably wait and get the Desire since it'll be a refined version of the Nexus One, almost identical looking. Oh...wait...Verizon won't be carrying that phone. Can I suggest, then, the relatively unattractive, iPhone-looking Incredible coming out god knows when?

10. s0nic69 unregistered

stop acting like a little kid.

20. ILOVEtechnology unregistered

can the guy voice his opinions? your a FAGGOT

3. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

The Droid is just as capable as the nexus why would still be waiting when you can get a great phone now. 1ghz is over rated but the Droid will still do it if you want

5. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

I have yet to have this problem... I wondering if people are just looking for issues the nexus one.

11. s0nic69 unregistered

i was wondering the same thing...im also thinking if anyone has asked google about this to see if they will comment on it.

6. fsjon

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

But does it really matter? Since the both points are still registered to be closing in/drifting away from each other. So in a sense, pinch to zoom still works. The only concern would be when you are playing a game where the buttons are close together and you need to tap them at the same time...

8. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

nexus one is over rated droooid

9. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

I agree. All phones have Their issues. It's just sad to see the n1 gettin picked on and blasted every other day. Maybe it was that particular device. Then again could the fact that they are using a screen an sensors from 2 devices that Didnt origially suppt multi touch have somethin to do with the issue.

12. dswatson83

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

Most of the problems with the N1 have been legit. The 3g connection issues were real, and customer service was poo. I think google knew the n1 had the multitouch issues which is why they originally disabled it, but because so many people have been begging for it and probing them, they just went ahead and enabled it anyway. I'd prefer multitouch with the issues above than nothing at all. Pinch to zoom is all most people use anyway

14. jhoots

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

pinch to zoom is overrated.. but multitouch for games is awesome.. the only real useful aspect of it.

15. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

when you look at this app in the market, called multi touch visible test, right in the description it says "For many current Android phones, there will be lots of bad data including axis flipping and near-axis influence" .. the app sucks not the nexus one

16. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

there's a better app called multitouch visualizer that says it will work for the nexus one.. try that one.. I don't have a nexus one, or I would try it, works fine on the droid tho

19. neoncp

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 02, 2009

can anyone confirm this? I would be interested to hear the results.

17. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

Well, obviously HTC didnt steal it from Apple right, lol

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