Google Nexus One gets OTA update, multi-touch goodness

When Google announced the Nexus One at an event early last month, one journalist asked, “Why doesn’t this have multi-touch? When is it going to get multi-touch?” Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google, said, “It’s something we’re looking into. It’s just a software thing right now.” Well, today our prayers have been answered via an over-the-air update for the Nexus One. It also has some critical updates and fixes, too.

One of the more painful issues has been the spotty 3G service on the Nexus One. While Google said it was a T-Mobile network problem, some users remained unconvinced. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s included in this update:

Google Goggles: this mobile application will now be available directly on your device by launching it from your All Apps menu. Just use your Nexus One camera to start searching the web

Google Maps: the Maps application with be updated to a new version, Google Maps 3.4, which will include:

  • Starred items synchronized with – access your favorite places from your phone or computer
  • Search suggestions from your personal history – makes it easy to search for places you’ve searched for before
  • Night mode in Google Maps Navigation – automatically changes your screen at night for easier viewing and driving
Pinch-to-zoom functionality: devices will now include a new pinch-to-zoom mechanism in the phone’s Browser, Gallery and Maps applications

3G connectivity: we will provide a general fix to help improve 3G connectivity on some Nexus One phones

When you get the update notification, all you have to do is download it and your phone will do all the rest. Like many OTA updates on such a huge scale, these will be staggered so you can expect yours some time before the end of the week.