As some of you have undoubtedly heard by now, Google and their Nexus One smartphone were one of Steve Jobs' targets at a recent meeting with Apple employees, the famous “CEO of the decade” having some pretty nasty stuff to say about the involvement of the Mountain View-based search giant on the mobile phones market.
Probably somewhat threatened by these statements and also deciding that it's about time to bring their Nexus One Android smartphone
into 2010, Google has finally enabled one of the functions most users were eagerly waiting for, namely multi-touch, as well as several other interesting updates.
As far as multi-touch is concerned, we're talking about the famous pinch-to-zoom functionality, which will be available in the phone's Browser, Gallery and Maps applications (practically, exactly where it's needed the most). Support for multi-touch
should, however, be further extended.
Since we've mentioned Maps above, we'll also have to add that Google has updated the Maps application to version 3.4, which will include starred items synchronized with maps.google.com that let users access their favorite places from their phone or computer, search suggestions from one's personal maps.google.com history and a night mode in Google Maps Navigation, which will automatically change the screen at night for easier viewing and driving.
Another interesting update is the availability of Google Goggles, this mobile application being now available directly on the device by launching it from the All Apps menu. Plus, the company will also provide a general fix to help improve 3G connectivity on some Nexus One phones.
Now, Nexus One
owners should be aware that this update will become available in the form of a message on the phone's notification bar. Then, users will have to download the software update (directly over-the-air) and wait for it to install. Plus, we're talking about a gradual roll-out, which means that some users might have to wait until the end of the week in order to enjoy the updates we've mentioned up until now. We are just a few, but there are many of you, Softpedia users, out there. That's why we thought it would be a good idea to create an email address for you to help us a little in finding gadgets we missed. Interesting links are bound to be posted with recognition going mainly to those who submit. The address is .