I am having a hard time believing this, but SlashGear is reporting that the Xperia X10 will never support multitouch. We already expected the device to ship with Android 1.6, but Sony Ericsson is planning to update the firmware to Android 2.1 (which includes the multitouch APIs). ‘
Unfortunately, even Android 2.1 will not add multitouch functionality to the X10. It appears the X10 suffers from a hardware limitation and will only allow input from a single finger.
“I don’t have any technical details around the screen to share, sorry! — However I have now gotten confirmation on the question of multi touch. As said earlier there’s no multitouch in X10 — and I also can confirm that it’s not only related to SW but also to HW. Despite this, for future updates of X10 we are of course working on other solutions for e.g. zooming, which has been requested frequently on this blog, such has the solution demoed on X10 mini.”Rikard SkogbergSony Ericsson
Instead of the intuitive pinch zoom we have come to expect in the Browser, Gallery, and Maps, Sony Ericsson has created their own zoom shortcuts. Users can long press a zoom area and then slide their finger up and down to zoom. A quick demonstration of this zoom method was captured on video for all to see (about 1:15 mark).
It is nice to see Sony Ericsson implement new zoom solutions, but we are still a little saddened by this news. If a U.S. carrier ever decides to pick this phone up, the lack of multitouch will really hurt the X10 reviews.
Is multitouch support really that important to everyone? Or do we no longer care about the subject?