When the Google Nexus One was released it was expected that the phone despite having a touchscreen feature would lack one importantant and most sought after functionality – full multitouch feature with gesture like pinch-and-zoom control. But of course, Google will not want to get into trouble and put the feature on the Nexus One since Apple has patented the technology. So, we have to contend with the “-” and “+” zoom control in the Nexus One.
But this didn’t stop the folks from XDA-Developers though and worked doubly hard as soon as they got hold of their Nexus One units and now has finally released a Nexus One add-on that would enable full multitouch gesture like pinch and zoom, on the phone’s native browser at least.
Sounds exciting right? While I don’t really know the merit of this thing, still some of you might want to try this one out. Be forwarned though the the procedures outlined by the XDA Developers might accidentally brick your Nexus One. So, exercise extreme caution.
In addition, the said Nexus One add-on requires rooting of your Nexus One first. As soon as you’ve settled with that, here are the steps on how to enable multitouch functionality on your Nexus One’s browser. Good luck!
Step 1: Follow the step by step guideÂ posted here to root your Nexus One if you havenâ€™t already.
Step 2: Download all the requiredÂ files for Nexus One multitouch add-on from the source linkhere.
Step 3: Now simply add these files by running the following commands:
adb shell stopÂ
adb shell rm /system/app/Browser.odexÂ
adb push Browser.apk /system/appÂ
adb push com.cyanogenmod.android.jar /system/frameworkÂ
adb push com.cyanogenmod.android.xml /system/etc/permissionsÂ
adb shell reboot
Step 4: Thatâ€™s about it! Once your phone has rebooted, run the browser to try out all the multitouch goodness!
Originally posted on January 22, 2010 @ 6:22 pm