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CES 2010: Multi-touch deficiency of Nexus One explained

CES 2010: Multi-touch deficiency of Nexus One explained

Andy Rubin, who is one of the main players behind the Android operating system at Google, has talked about the reasons behind the decision to remove multi-touch support from the US version of the newly launched Nexus One smartphone.

According to Mr Rubin, the explanation is very simple; he is simply not a fan of two-handed interaction on a touchscreen phone, preferring to stick to a single hand himself.

The controversy surrounding the Nexus One and multi-touch has arisen because in Europe, where examples of the phone have been demonstrated as offering multi-touch capabilities, whilst the US version has had this function apparently disabled.

Observers do not believe that Mr Rubin wields the kind of power that would allow him to influence the design of a phone based on personal preferences and some pointed out that he had actually suggested that future Google smartphones would offer multi-touch support.

Other Android based mobiles, including the Motorola Milestone, have had their multi-touch capabilities disabled in the US market while being sold in the UK with this feature intact, so there is a likelihood that the UK version of the Nexus One will be able to outshine its American cousin.

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