Yeah though HTC and Google decided not to implement Multitouch into the final G1, it turns out that both the operating system and the hardware had support for it.
Thanks to the hardworking community of modders and hackers out there, multitouch has landed on Android. Check sample videos after the break if your not convinced.
To get multitouch up and running, all you need to do is head over to Luke Hutch’s blog and follow the steps explained (in a great detail) there. In short, you don’t have to recompile the kernel or anything, just change the firmware.
- Backup all your data from the phone and SD card.
- Downgrade the firmware to RC29 and run the root access exploit to get root access to your device.
- Once you have access, install the new multitouch library (explained there).
- Upgrade the phone to latest firmware (RC33 at this time) and enjoy multitouch.
- Add a couple of more fun apps that make use of it.
The steps are fairly simple even for a novice or a beginner. There is no risk of bricking your device (if you follow the instructions to the pixel) either as you wont have to modify the kernel of the OS. So if you have an Android phone, then give it a shot. I’ve left a couple more videos for you to enjoy.