No Multi-touch on DROID browser because Andy Rubin hates two-handed operations?

This article contains unofficial information.
No Multi-touch on DROID browser because Andy Rubin hates two-handed operations?
It's the million dollar question in the Android community. Why can the Motorola Milestone, the overseas version of the DROID, support pinch to zoom in the browser while the DROID does not. And now it looks like the same thing is happening between the domestic version of the HTC Nexus One and the overseas model. Some blame some type of legality between Apple and Google that prevents the U.S. version of the Android OS from enabling pinch to zoom. Before we delve into this some more, we need to clear up a misconception. The DROID does support multi-touch, just not in the places where it would be most useful like in the browser, Google Maps and the image gallery. The Milestone supports multi-touch in all of those places. Why?

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.

source: Phandroid

FEATURED VIDEO

18 Comments

1. jimdibb

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

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.

13. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

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.

15. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

My Eris supports pinch and zoom in the native browser.....

17. SamTime

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 07, 2009

Because it runs Sense UI. HTC decided to build it right in.

2. mulda71

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 25, 2009

i'm sure he is used to one handed operations

12. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Haha...sexual innuendos...

3. macron2000

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.

14. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

Agreed, there is just tomany people blinded by the Mac propaganda that anything the make is the industry standard. everyone likes to have it their way.

4. ToddD00

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?

5. JeffdaBeat unregistered

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.

10. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Off topic, but does your name have anything to do with "Tony the Beat"?

6. allboutverizon

Posts: 66; Member since: May 20, 2009

Maybe he fails to realize, it's not about what you don't like. It's about what your consumers want and like.

7. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Did Andy not get the memo that consumers will decide how successful his company will become?

8. tuminatr

Posts: 1124; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

then why not put it on the phone and give us the ability to turn it off

9. rhomaion

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.

11. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

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!

18. SamTime

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 07, 2009

Android could easily implement multi-touch alongside one-handed operation methods. Idk why they just dont do that...

16. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

He looks like a fag... HAHAHA!

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.