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28 July 2009, 10:10

Google Android "Donut" will not include multi-touch

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Android Android developers looking forward to the inclusion of multi-touch support in the upcoming release of Google's open source mobile operating system, code named "Donut", will need to wait even longer. It was previously believed that Donut, which would see a final release as Android version 2.0, would include the much anticipated multi-touch gesture support. In a post on Google Groups, Android developer Romain Guy has announced that the Donut release won't include multi-touch. However, Guy also confirms that Donut is considered to be a "development branch" release and will not be Android 2.0.

According to a report from Mobile Crunch, the Donut release will include support for CDMA-based networks, such as Sprint in the US, VPN support via L2TP and IPSec, improved Wi-Fi encryption with the addition of WPA Enterprise support and automated backups. The posted screen shots also show a new widget that allows users to easily toggle the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS features directly from the home screen. Other features reported to be included in Donut are universal search, a new text-to-speech API, handwriting input and the integration of Google Translate, which can translate text with a single click.

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