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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.

Sony Ericsson