Call us completely confused. The Verizon Motorola Droid supports multitouch but does not do pinch zoom in the browser. The Motorola Milestone (European counterpart of the Droid) does do pinch zoom in the browser.
We wanted to know what was up with the lack of pinch zoom for the Droid and got the following response from Motorola:
“Thanks for following up. In regards to pinch and zoom, we work very closely with our carriers and partners to deliver differentiated consumer experiences on our mobile devices. At times, similar devices come to market with different features, depending on the region, carrier preferences and consumer needs.” – Motorola
The only difference between the Droid and the Milestone is the carrier. This might lead you to believe Verizon is behind the lack of pinch zoom. However, Verizon’s second Android phone, the HTC Droid Eris, does in fact feature pinch zoom.
You can see the pinch zoom of the Eris in a video posted on the Verizon YouTube channel (3:51 mark).
So whose fault is it? Verizon, Motorola, or Google?
- It can’t be Verizon since they included it on another device.
- It can’t be Motorola since their European phone has pinch zoom.
- It can’t be Google because they built multitouch support into Android 2.0.
Does this make sense to anyone? Someone is obviously afraid of Apple’s massive multi-touch patent portfolio. The question is “Who?”
The iPhone Blog has an interesting report on the multi-touch patents.