CES 2010 Quickie: Google’s Andy Rubin Comments on Multi-Touch

January 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm (Uncategorized)

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CES 2010 Quickie: Google’s Andy Rubin Comments on Multi-Touch

An Engadget reporter had opportunity at CES to talk with Andy Rubin of Google about the lack of Muli-Touch support on the Nexus One.  You can read the full article here, but here is the direct quote Engadget received:

“”You call this a superphone — 3.7-inch capacitive display, but no keyboard and no multitouch. Yet it has multitouch outside the US. Why not America?”

Andy’s reply:

“It’s not an America versus outside America kind of thing. It’s a decision that is a result of the OEM model. I personally don’t like two-handed operations… there is no conspiracy.””
It is an interesting statement from Rubin, and we agree with Engadget’s assessment.  We sure hope that Google did not let this guy make a solo decision about the fate of multi-touch on the Nexus One.  It is also interesting since it is being reported that the European version of the Nexus One is shipping with some built in multitouch enabled.
Either way, I for one LIKE multi-touch operations, in all areas of life.  Others prefer double tap, and still more don’t care.  Where are you?

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  • Karl said:

    “a result of the OEM model. I personally don’t like two-handed operations…”
    It doesn’t look like he’s heard about the concept of customer focus. If there’s customers that agree with him, create a switch in Device Settings so they can turn Multitouch off.

    – 9 January 2010 at 8:09 pm
  • Rootko said:

    Personally I think it is because of Apple’s mutlitouch patents apply in US, but anywhere else it does not…. So implementing multitouch outside US bears no legal issues as it would in US.

    – 9 January 2010 at 8:25 pm
  • David said:

    Better to look like a douche than sneaky. They’re clearly skirting the US multi-touch IP hazard.

    – 9 January 2010 at 8:41 pm
  • PhineasJW said:

    To the above posters…if it’s a patent issue, why doesn’t he just say that?

    If it’s a patent issue, how are Microsoft, HTC, and Palm (to name a few) all releasing multitouch devices??

    It’s not a patent issue…there’s something else going on, hence the double-talk BS from Andy Rubin.

    He needs to be skewered over this until he gives a straight answer. Multitouch is fast becoming Android’s version of the iPhone copy/paste debacle.

    – 9 January 2010 at 8:45 pm
  • Luke said:

    I second Rootko… that was my first thought. On the other hand I understand there are international accords that do in some ways extend US patents internationally, so I’m not certain it holds water.

    Whatever, it seems unlikely Andy’s reply is related to the real reasons.

    – 9 January 2010 at 4:34 pm
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