It's unclear how much ownership Apple has over multi-touch – after all, the technology has been in development for many years, and has appeared on non-Apple devices such as Microsoft Surface and tablet PCS from Dell and HP. But Apple was the first to bring multi-touch to mobiles, and Jobs made a big deal of announcing the company had filed for over 200 patents to protect the phone.
How many of those patents will stick? We'll find out soon, when the unnervingly similar Palm Pre appears on the market. But in the meantime, Google's shiny Android OS offers only single-finger prodding. Shame.