Apr 20th, 2010

Some interesting news has popped up this morning. Ever since the introduction of Android 2.1, we’ve seen multi-touch enabled by default for any device with the hardware and the aforementioned software. The Nexus One and The Motorola Droid/Milestone are two such phones that come to mind, but they’ve been bound by a very unsightly technological limit: the touch sensors sucked for multi-touch.

When Phil from Android Central demoed the multi-touch on his review unit of the Droid Incredible, he noticed a major difference in quality and build beneath the gorgeous screen. Apparently, the Droid Incredible uses entirely new sensory technology as opposed to its high-end Nexus One and Motorola Droid brethren.

Android and Me did some digging and found out that Atmel was the culprit saving grace for HTC’s (and hopefully, all other manufacturers) newest devices. The maxTouch sensors offers enhanced multi-touch input with support for virtually unlimited sensor registers at a time. This means that your multi-touch is actually multi-touch, and not just “touch one finger. Ok the next. Now, watch as everything gets stupid”.

There’s some hardcore “Bourne” action going in on that video, and it’s probably being way too exaggerated for my tastes, but its translation to a simple phone use-case speaks much louder in volume, and we can’t wait for this to become standard in all phones pretty soon (including the HTC EVO 4G).

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