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Multi-touch coming to Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 in Q1 2011

Multi-touch coming to Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 in Q1 2011

Multi-touch capabilities for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will be finally arriving on the handset early next year.

The desirable feature which is fast-becoming a standard in most smartphones these days, has been a glaring omission from the Swedish-Japanese join-venture’s flagship handset and according to Rikard Skoberg from the SE Product Blog, the company is looking to address that with an upcoming update.

Skoberg has confirmed that pinch-to-zoom (dual touch) support for the web browser and Google Maps will be added to the X10 in an over-the-air update sometime in Q1 2011.

He also explained the real reason for the delay in adding multi-touch and what to expect from it when it arrives.

"The digitizer in the X10 is not perfect when it comes to multi touch.

There will as an example be situations like when the movement of the two fingers cross each other on the X- or Y-axis that could cause strange behavior.

What has happened is that some brilliant engineers actually [were] able to change the driver and firmware for the touch digitizer to make some multi touch gestures work."

The X10 has just recently been upgraded to Android 2.1, AKA Éclair, which brought forth a number of performance improvements, plus new features including a new backup and restore application, a social phonebook that automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and a revamped app launcher to name a few.

Here's a video showing off the multi-touch capabilities in action:

Is this effort from SE enough to win over disgruntled fans? Let us know in comments section below.

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