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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by New Daddy, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. New Daddy

    New Daddy Newbie
    Thread Starter

    If an Android device comes with a capacitive screen according to the specification sheet, does it necessarily mean that you can pinch to zoom with it?

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  2. KaosStorm

    KaosStorm Well-Known Member

    No, not really. For example, my Galaxy 5 has a capacitive screen but doesn't allow for pinch zooming.

    Capacitive screens only refer to the way the screen recognize a touch input -in this case, by interrupting the flow of an electromagnetic field- while resistive recognizes the input by the contact between two conductive plates.

    Pinch-zooming is a feature of multi-touch screens, ones that can recognize two or more inputs in the same screen at the same time.
  3. Remeniz

    Remeniz Android Enthusiast

    The capacitive screen technology is just a way the screen pin points touch position from the user.

    Pinch to Zoom however is something that is software driven. So the Capacitive screen doesn't necessarily mean you have Pinch to Zoom features.... It's down to the software your running to turn the pinch gestures into appropriate actions.
  4. New Daddy

    New Daddy Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Ok, then how do I make sure that the phone that I'm about to buy will allow me to pinch to zoom web browsers, google maps, etc.?
    Pinch-to-zoom is perhaps the single most enviable aspect of iPhone from a WM user perspective, and I'd definitely like to have that feature in my Android phone.
  5. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    It should support multitouch. Only capacitive screens so far have multi-touch support.

    Basically, any higher end device already has this feature no questions asked.
  6. John Redcorn

    John Redcorn Android Enthusiast

    edit never mind.
  7. KaosStorm

    KaosStorm Well-Known Member

    To be honest? Google the phone and search for it's specs. A good page to start is gsmarena.com

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