No Multi-touch on DROID browser because Andy Rubin hates two-handed operations?
posted by Alan F. / Jan 10, 2010, 5:11 AM
If you believe Andy Rubin, it is because he does not like two handed operations on a phone. Engadget was able to interview the Google exec and they had the following exchange- Engadget: "“You call this a superphone — 3.7-inch capacitive display, but no keyboard and no multitouch. Yet it has multitouch outside the US. Why not America?” Rubin: "“It’s not an America versus outside America kind of thing. It’s a decision that is a result of the OEM model. I personally don’t like two-handed operations… there is no conspiracy.” Would you believe that the only thing holding back the DROID from having multi-touch in the browser and in Google Maps is Mr. Rubins' hatred of two handed operations even though the rest of the world wants it? Or is it easier to believe that Apple asked Google not to use multi-touch as per a story that circulated last February? Despite that story, HTC managed to put pinch to zoom on some of its newer models. Besides, even if Rubin doesn't like two handed operations, multi-touch can be used with two fingers on one hand. Obviously there is more here than meets the eye and until we are given the real reason why multi-touch can't be enabled on U.S. models and is a feature of overseas units, strange stories and theories will continue to spread.
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I believe you misunderstood what one handed means in this situation. Try holding the phone and pinch zooming with the same hand. It practically can't be done.
posted on Oct 20, 2010, 1:44 AM 0
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Gotta love the way phonearena is completely wrong about this! I HAVE A PINCH TO ZOOM BROWSER on my droid! Its called dolphin and its just as good! Not to mention custom roms abound with multitouch. All phonearena must do is sit around waiting for other sites like phandroid to post real information so they can shit all over it.
posted on Jan 10, 2010, 12:51 PM 0
Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 07, 2009
After using the Iphone and switching to the Droid, I don't miss multi-touch at all. In fact, as Jimdibb says, trying to pinch and zoom with one hand is almost impossible especially on a phone with the size and "boxiness" as the droid. I would much rather tap and hold to zoom in or tap and hold again to zoom out on any of those applications mentioned in the article. Except for typing, I think multi-touch is over rated.
posted on Jan 10, 2010, 7:55 AM 0
Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 30, 2009
This would be like a President saying he hates sex so noone can have it. Just because the hnic doesn't like it doesn't mean it shouldn't be available for those of us who love it! Besides if it's there and you don't use it what's it hurting?
posted on Jan 10, 2010, 8:25 AM 0
I think it's more about him trying to be innovative. He is telling us we don't need pinch-to-zoon in hopes that it will catch on in other places. It's a very small version of...like what Apple did in saying we don't need a physical keyboard, or Nintendo saying we don't need old fashioned controls anymore. He may be right. I use multi-tap to zoom on my iPhone at times, but the problem is doing a possible double tap and clicking a link. I use pinch to zoom a lot more because of the precision.
posted on Jan 10, 2010, 9:07 AM 0
Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009
Ok so he doesn't like it but yet the droid has the full slide-out keyboard with which EVERY single droid user uses both his/her hands to type on it with... I mean have you ever seen anyone type with just one hand? NO. This is why I say android will never overrun it's competition, because it's run by idiots like this one right here.
posted on Jan 10, 2010, 12:17 PM 0
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Agreed. I would really like the multi touch. I know that it has been added into some apps, but other games are impossible to play thanks to this arrangement. Maybe he just doesn't play games on his phone... F*** you, Andy Rubin! Multi touch would make this phone 30% easier to sell!
posted on Jan 10, 2010, 12:38 PM 0
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