It took a while before Sony Ericsson released its Android 2.1 update for its Xperia X10. Even after the update, it still lacks multi-touch and pinch to zoom. Several months ago, Sony Ericsson had revealed that they are working hard in bringing such features to their existing Android line up and now the day is finally here.
According to Sony Ericsson’s Product Blog, a new update is coming to Xperia X10 and Xperia X8 line up. The X10 will be getting its pinch to zoom feature however this is only applicable to Mobile Internet and Google Maps only. There are other improvements for this update which includes an updated Moxier, ability to trim videos on the go, ability to compress high quality videos for MMS delivery and some minor change for Mediascape access.
The X8 however now has ANT+ enabled which is some form of short range communication. Both X8 and X10 also received additional bi-directional languages such as Arabic, Farsi, Thai and Hebrew.
The updates can be updated via PC companion or download over-the-air (OTA). More information on their blog
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One of the most intriguing features of this version of the iOS is the enhanced multitouch gestures allowing users to by-pass the home button completely to execute tasks that would normally require the use of the home button, like calling up fast app switching for example.
The inclusion of this feature in the iOS 4.3 beta has led many to speculate that the upcoming iPad and/or iPhone may not have a home button altogether. Instead the new multitouch gestures will take the physical home button’s place. Some claim that even the man himself — Steve Jobs — didn’t want a home button on the original iPhone. So there could be some truth in the speculation.
There is some truth but the final release of iOS 4.3 that will go to the public will omit the multitouch gestures, sources are saying. Though this is not to say that the features will be scraped altogether. Apple had included the feature in the 4.3 beta as a heads-up to the developers so they can expect it to be available in the coming versions of the iOS.
In any case, head over to after the jump to see how the multitouch gestures work on an iPhone. If you ask us, just by looking at the video, we can see that solely depending on this feature to get around in the OS will pose much of a problem for devices with small screens like the iPhone.
Take a look and tell us what you think.
Now Sony Ericsson has announced on their blog that while the Xperia X10 was never intended to support multi-touch since day 1, they are still working on making this possible due to the requests of its users. They are trying to enhance its driver and firmware for its touch digitizer to allow multi-touch gestures to work. However they also stress that this is still work in progress and it does come with some limitations.
Therefore, they are only looking at having multi-touch available strictly for web browser and maps upon release. No exact dates were given but they say it should be out by early next year, Q1 2011. We have to say it again, Sony Ericsson please buck up and come out with a proper flagship android device. Their devices doesn’t make us go WOW at first sight and the pricing is too expensive compared to what others are offering. Even their UPCOMING Anzu device is not impressive enough to compare with today’s Galaxy S or Desire HD.
In the mean time, Watch their Work in Progress video on the Xperia X10 after the jump.
Check out this video featuring Microsoft’s Manual Deskterity prototype interface and marvel at its awesomeness!
Manual Deskterity is a prototype digital drafting table that supports both pen and touch input. The combination allows the user to do so much more than pinch zoom.
The pen writes, touch manipulates, and the combination of pen+touch yields new tools like making picture cutouts or stapling stacks of pictures together.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what the future looks like. Multitouch, eat your heart out!
What’s even more amazing, Microsoft can come up with cool stuff.
Awesomess served to you after the jump