This generation of Android phones is faster, more powerful and generally awesome-er than anything before. But for whatever reason, they don't have one thing other smartphones take for granted: multitouch. Here's how to fix that, and so much more.
According to Ventura Beat, an Android team member says that Apple asked Google not to use multitouch in the G1, or else. Obviously, they complied. Their alleged source said that Google had plenty of reasons:
Android's new 1.1 update doesn't include multitouch because Google is scared of Apple. We are not, however, and nor should you be-follow our guide to get iPhone-like multitouch browsing on your G1 right now.
Whether for fear of patent infringement or as the result of a colossal lapse in judgment, Android didn't ship with multitouch. No worries—the hardware was ready, and the third-party developers willing to oblige.
Without altering the kernel at all, good Samaritan Luke Hutch has gotten multitouch working in his own custom Android applications on the G1.