not exactly true....
it is working and activated, just nothing in the UI recognizes it.
there are a few apps on the market that give you multi touch in the apps, such as picsay.
multitouch is working fine on the droid.
The Pre has multitouch as does the European version of the Droid. So clearly it's not a patent issue in my opinion. I've seen one article where it was stated that Motorola says that it's carrier preference. I think it will come to the Droid either via an official update at some point in the future or as an unoffcial one once the Droid is rooted.
Could it not also come out as a verbatim copy of the apps from the European version seeing as how it's open source?
I don't think you can copy or overwrite the pre-installed apps until the device has been rooted.
First, we don't have the source code the Milestone's browser.I don't meant to overwrite, could the base app from the European one be just released as a normal app in the market? Similar to how K-9 Mail is based off the default mail app.
The implication that multitouch is patented is bunk. No one has ever seen any paperwork indicating Apple owns multitouch technology. Apple does not own multitouch and the idea that some secret patent exists out there is also bunk.
I agree that trying to patent MT is ridiculous. However, it seems the only logical deduction for the Droid not getting MT out-of-the-box is a legal dept decision. Just doesn't make sense when the Euro Droid (Milestone) is getting full-on MT outta the box. Why there and not here unless there was some anticipated legal action (real or imaginary) about the Droid having MT on day 1. HTC apparently has no worries, however, they have coded MT into Android 1.6 on their own - it didn't come from Google - and that may be the difference.