When Google released the multitouch update for the Nexus One, The main thing we wanted to know was what about the rest of the Android phones? Today, PCMag reported that the rest of the Google Android crew will be receiving the update known as “Android 2.1-Update 1” as soon as possible.
Last month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las, Vegas, Motorola chief executive Sanjay Jha said that both the Motorola Droid and the Motorola Cliq will receive updates to Android 2.1 “as shortly as possible.” PC Mag also notes that Sprint announced on their official Twitter page in December that the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment phones will receive Android 2.1 updates during the first half of 2010. Guess what folks—it is the first half of 2010, so we can be expecting that pinch-to-zoom update real soon.
This will be a big update for most Android handsets and would allow all of the devices to have a touchscreen with multitouch capabilities. This brief report from PCMag also notes that Google will be releasing this update to manufacturers and not users—hence the lack of public notice.
Update: The Droid has received official multitouch support in Google Maps… not what we were expecting, but good enough..