The word “multitouch” is thrown around a lot these days. Mostly by people who should know better.
Multitouch means you can touch the screen with multiple fingers, and the system will register this as, yes, multiple fingers. Google Android does support this, has supported this for a while, and most Android phones have the hardware that supports it as well. So when you read the sentence, “Android doesn’t have multitouch”, what you should be reading is, “Android doesn’t support pinch-to-zoom in the browser and image viewer on US handsets”. Now that’s settled.
Listening to Windows Weekly #139, Leo mentions he’s “heard” that the reason US phones don’t have pinch-to-zoom is that Apple has a patent on this in the US (not Europe), and that Apple knows this patent won’t hold in a court. So Apple, former good friends of Google, has asked Google kindly to not try this patent and simply put off the pinch-to-zoom for a while.
Which, if true, is a delicious piece of info, worth blogging and opening comments on. Personally, I can see why Google wants to stay friends with Apple for as long as possible, but perhaps it’s time Google showed Apple the brass ones they flashed China the other day?