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Droid gets multitouch in Maps, Canada gets Milestone starting Feb. 18

February 5, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

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Droid gets multitouch in Maps, Canada gets Milestone starting Feb. 18

Google gave the Nexus One pinch-to-zoom (multitouch) a few days ago, and now the company has brought Droid owners into the fold – partially. An update to Google Maps enables Droid owners to have pinch zoom within the app, which will hopefully silence the gang of users who have been wondering why the Milestone (Droid’s GSM twin) had the feature and their phone didn’t. There’s still no multitouch in Gallery like the N1, but it’s a start.

Meanwhile, we now know when the Milestone will enter Canada. TELUS has long been rumored to carry the Motorola Milestone, and the company eventually confirmed as much with a “coming soon” page on their website without giving a date. Best Buy Canada has beaten them to the punch and is now taking taking in-store pre-orders. Consumers who are willing to put down $50 deposits will be among the first in Canada to receive the Milestone on February 18. The pre-orders began today, said to be $199 for a 3-year contract (the phone is $549 unsubsidized).

Also worth noting is that TELUS’ 3G bands are twins of AT&T, meaning AT&T customers willing to fork-over a bundle can eventually purchase the Milestone and unlock it for use in the U.S.

[Mobile Syrup via Engadget]