When the Nexus One was released, comparisons to the iPhone were unavoidable, and a respect in which the Android device came up short was multi-touch. Now, though, an over-the-air software update should allow Nexus One users to pinch and zoom to their hearts’ content.
Pinch-to-zoom functionality’s will work when people are fiddling with the phone’s browser, its gallery, or the Google Maps application. That’s bound to come as a pretty huge bonus to folks who thought they would be permanently without the feature. It’s possible this update will spur a few additional purchases, too.
And the pinch-to-zoom addition doesn’t represent the end of the update, either. "[W]e will provide a general fix to help improve 3G connectivity on some Nexus One phones," promised an official blog post. Which is important.
What’s more, Google Goggles "will now be available directly on your device by launching it from your All Apps menu. Just use your Nexus One camera to start searching the web."
This should all act to make the Nexus One quite a bit more competitive. It’ll be interesting to see if sales enjoy a boost in the weeks ahead.