Apple Asked Google To Leave Out Multitouch In Nexus One?
Apple may have requested that Google intentionally remove multitouch functionality from the Google Nexus One to secure approval of a patent that might not otherwise be approved. Leo Laporte, while co-hosting the show Windows Weekly, said he heard from sources within Google that Apple had “politely” asked the company to omit the feature from the device to avoid a fight the iPhone maker thought they might lose.
Similarly, the Motorola Droid has little to no support for multitouch, while the soon-to-be equivalent, the Milestone, does. It is suspected that this could be for the same reason. Palm, on the other hand, does have multitouch devices in the US, but they claim to have patents against Apple that they may be using for leverage.