Mobile Browsers and Multi-Touch Behaviour Compared

I recently came across a link to a MSDN-Blogpost that claimed to solve Multitouch-Interaction Cross-Platform in the browser. I was intrigued and started to experiment with it. The first step was to gather some data on the promised cross-platform-aspect.

I basically asked everyone i knew to fire up their cellphones and try the link themselves. Here’s what we found.

OS Device Browser Points Remark
Android 2.2.1 htc Magic Stock-Browser (Webkit) 1 2 fingers zoom
Android 2.2.2 Motorola Atrix Opera 12 Android 2
Android 2.2.2 Motorola Atrix Stock-Browser (Webkit) 1 2 fingers zoom
Android 2.3.7 htc Desire Z Opera 12 Android 4 device-max
Android 2.3.7 htc Desire Z Stock-Browser (Webkit) 1 2 fingers zoom
Android 4.0.3 Samsung Galaxy Note Chrome Beta (0.18) 8
Android 4.0.3 Samsung Galaxy Note Firefox 12 1 2 fingers zoom
Android 4.0.3 Samsung Galaxy Note Opera Mini 0 single touch scrolls
Android 4.0.3 Samsung Galaxy Note Stock-Browser (Webkit) 10
Android 4.0.3 Samsung Galaxy S2 Chrome Beta (0.18) 8 possibly more
Android 4.0.3 Samsung Galaxy S2 Dolphin HD (8.2.1) 4
Android 4.0.3 Samsung Galaxy S2 Firefox 12 1 2 fingers zoom
Android 4.0.3 Samsung Galaxy S2 Opera 12 Android 8 possibly more
Android 4.0.3 Samsung Galaxy S2 Stock-Browser (Webkit) 4+
iOS 4.2.1 Apple iPod Touch Safari 5
iOS 5.1 Apple iPod Touch (3rd Gen) Safari 5
iOS 5.1.1 Apple iPhone 4 Safari 5
webOS hp pre 3 Stock-Browser 0 did not work
Windows Phone 7.5 Nokia Lumia 800 Internet Explorer 9 Mobile 0 did not work
Windows Phone 7.5 Samsung Focus (SGH-i917) Internet Explorer 9 Mobile 0 did not work

Learnings

Apple supports multi-touch in the browser far enogh back that it won’t be an issue.

Android’s stock browser gains multi-touch capability in Android 4. Other broswers support it at 2.2 already. Firefox for Android doesn’t support multi-touch at the moment.

What i find puzzling is the fact that Microsoft’s own demo doesn’t run on the two Windows Phone 7.5 devices i could find. If anyone can successfully draw in that demo, please drop me a line.

Also, too few people own webOS-Devices.

Thanks to everyone who contributed! If you try it yourself, please send your findings to me, i’ll add them to the list.


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