Nexus One launched in the U.S. supposedly doesn’t come with multi-touch simply because Apple would “sue” Google if it did. But it’s okay, I believe it was Google’s mastermind plan to let hackers hack the Android OS 2.1 to add multi-touch support.
Whether it’s due to patents in place or just a gentleman’s agreement, you can’t overlook the missing multi-touch on the Nexus One handset. Actually, the device itself does support multi-touch, but those features aren’t enabled in the native Google apps. There’s no pinching in the browser, for example, although a third-party client does offer it. It didn’t take too long for the famous cyanogen at XDA-Developers to add multi-touch back into the native Android browser though. Redmond Pie tipped us off on the seemingly simply steps, which of course require you to root the device and install some extra bits. Here’s a quick peek at how it works after the device update.
Follow the step by step instructions posted below to install the multitouch add-on for Nexus One to enable multitouch functionality. You’ll need to first root your Google phone before you follow the steps posted below.
Note: Follow the guide on your own risk. We are not to be held responsible if you end up bricking your phone.
Warning: You may lose your bookmarks and browser settings by doing this.
Step 1: Follow the step by step guide posted here to root your Nexus One if you haven’t already.
Step 3: Now simply add these files by running the following commands:
adb shell stop
adb shell rm /system/app/Browser.odex
adb push Browser.apk /system/app
adb push com.cyanogenmod.android.jar /system/framework
adb push com.cyanogenmod.android.xml /system/etc/permissions
adb shell reboot
Step 4: That’s about it! Once your phone has rebooted, run the browser to try out all the multitouch goodness!
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