February 5, 2010 | by Marin Perez
It looks like the gloves are off between Apple and Google, as the search giant has brought multitouch to the Motorola Droid via Google Maps 3.4.
As you can see in the embedded video below, it’s easy to zoom and expand using pinching motions. It’s quick, responsive, and much needed. I can’t wait for Google to expand this into the browser and gallery, as they’ve already done with the Nexus One. Google Maps 3.4 is available now in the Android Market. Go upgrade.
The word on the street is that Google has had a gentleman’s agreement with Apple not to roll out multitouch on its Android handsets in the U.S. due to patents. Palm has included multitouch in its webOS platform and hasn’t been bothered legally, so it’s safe to assume Apple’s patents are weak at best. Additionally, the Droid’s European cousin Milestone has had multitouch in it from day one.