Nexus One OTA Update Enables Pinch-to-Zoom

Looks like Google won’t be having any of that backtalk from Steve Jobs after all. According to the Nexus One News and Updates page, Google will be rolling out an over-the-air update for the Nexus One beginning today. Some may not receive the update until later in the week. The update is said to include some new features, as well as bug fixes.

Here’s what Nexus One-ers can expect:

Google Goggles: this mobile application will now be available directly on your device by launching it from your All Apps menu. Just use your Nexus One camera to start searching the web

Google Maps: the Maps application with be updated to a new version, Google Maps 3.4, which will include:

  • Starred items synchronized with – access your favorite places from your phone or computer
  • Search suggestions from your personal history – makes it easy to search for places you’ve searched for before
  • Night mode in Google Maps Navigation – automatically changes your screen at night for easier viewing and driving

Pinch-to-zoom functionality: devices will now include a new pinch-to-zoom mechanism in the phone’s Browser, Gallery and Maps applications

3G connectivity: we will provide a general fix to help improve 3G connectivity on some Nexus One phones

This OTA update is sure to shake things up a bit. Google has been extremely vague and shady when it’s come to speaking about pinch-to-zoom and other multi-touch gestures. Cyanogen has already enabled these gestures for the “rooting” community, but it requires you to load his custom ROM onto your device. This update is long overdue, but probably the most welcomed update in Android history. It’s sure to shun all the non-believers who said that Google was scared of Apple. Looks like the gloves are off.

Video below, courtesy of Engadget:

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[Source – Engadget]

  • Droidy

    OMG! Way to go Google!

    Thanks Steve Jobs! Without you and your arrogant attitude, this would not have been possible! 😀


  • Alan

    If ur impatient for the update just go to this thread i posted

  • NexusOwner

    I think Google should make it a priority to release a desktop manager to sync your Outlook contacts/calendar/notes/journal with Gmail, really, how long is it going to take.

    • Outlook is horribly old tech but just setting your gmail to POP3 sync with Gmail gets around the email problem – but why bother?! And there's the Work email app.

  • MartinS

    Good to see Google respond to popular demand. I still wonder how much I'll use pinch to zoom as I find double tapping to zoom really accurate.

  • One of the things that raises one's eyebrows is the inability of the Nexus Phone to have that "pinch to zoom" capability.
    For sure, this update is a godsent for users. Hopefully, this will raise the sales of the N1 phone now.
    More details on how to get it without the wait:

  • UK (and overseas) users can manually update their phones:

  • Find out how to manually download and update your Nexus One to Froyo. Read more here:

  • craszh

    The pinch and zoom thing is great for web and map TY God! But still can’t pinch and zoom on email can’t even zoom in or out period, WTF!! Is my phone the only phone can’t do this? Can’t believe I spend half grand for this crap. Damn you Google! If I am not on Tmobile right now I’ll smash this crap into pieces right now and go back to my iPhone 3G. For those of you having the same issue with Nexus One I feel for you, this is straight out SUCKS! Google I know you monitoring people comments so do some shit about it get your shit straight if you want to be an iPhone killer or call your shit a super phone. Go to hell.