Posts Tagged ‘multi-touch’

Limited Multi-Touch Coming to the Xperia X10

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Sony Ericsson has been very clear for the last several months that there is no multi-touch on the Xperia X10. The hardware is not capable of multi-touch, according to the many announcements on the issue. Many vocal fans continued to press for multi-touch, and it looks like there is a limited solution coming.

The Sony Ericsson Product Launch Blog announced a new pinch/zoom feature that is scheduled for release sometime in the first quarter of next year. Evidently Sony Ericsson put its engineers to work to find some way of achieving a semblance of multi-touch, and they succeeded. Due to the limitations, the pinch to zoom feature will only be available in the browser and in Google Maps. Third-party apps can take a crack at it, but the limitations might cause unforeseen problems. Sony Ericsson is being very clear that this is a limited feature, and may have some flaws.

Still, it should help appease some of the fans. I think multi-touch is useful, but I wasn’t up in arms over the lack of it on the X10. I will certainly use it when it becomes available. I’m still waiting for AT&T to get around to updating my phone to Eclair. I think this new feature will take AT&T even longer, but AT&T could surprise us.

Check out the video below to get a better idea of how the new multi-touch feature will work.

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Xperia X10 Multi-Touch

Friday, April 16th, 2010

The Sony Xperia X10 has been all over the opinion boards these last couple of weeks. Now that seemingly every country but the United States has it now, some interesting developments have come to light. First, there was an announcement from Sony Ericsson about the Xperia’s hardware being unable to support multi-touch. This immediately turned off a number of fans, but as I said before I don’t get what the big deal about that was. Multi-touch is fun, but not really a deal-breaker for me. Today’s news may bring some fans back into Sony Ericsson’s camp.

Engadget reported today that not only can the Xperia X10 handle multi-touch, it is also getting a 2.1 update by September. In one post the bulk of the complaints against the X10 were diffused. Of course, this depends on the “insider” that Engadget’s source referred to. Hopefully this pans out, at least so the X10 can get the credit it deserves.

The other big issue is the Android OS. Considering the wait, customers have been griping about Android 1.6 which would have been fine a year ago, but now is almost archaic. Well, it seems like the wait for an upgrade won’t be too far down the line. September is relatively soon for a phone that started shipping in March. If AT&T ever picks up the X10 I won’t have to wait long for the upgrade. One thing that gets ignored though, is that the Sony UI makes up for some of the shortcomings of Android 1.6. I certainly won’t mind the 2.1 upgrade though. Now I just need to convince AT&T to get moving.

If you were on the fence about the Xperia X10, hopefully this helped. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Xperia, and today’s news is even more reason to pick one up.

Update:
Sony Ericsson (SonyEricssonNA) tweeted this morning (April 19) that

“As previously confirmed Xperia X10 will not support multi-touch. SE hasnt made an official statmnt saying MT is a core feature of the X10.”

. So much for multi-touch. They didn’t mention the 2.1 upgrade, so here’s hoping that sticks.