New common Sensor API by Chainfire aims to support LG, many other smartphones

Now we know Microsoft should be doing this work, and we suspect strongly it will come bundled in Windows Mobile 7, but until then we still need a Sensor SDK which can be used by across all Windows Mobile handsets, not just HTC’s.  Koushik Dutta’s Sensor API is of course a good start, but since he has moved to Android the project has not seen much updates, with only some additions to support Samsung.

Chainfire, well known for his driver hacking, aims to start anew with a new API which covers as many OEMs as possible, including HTC, Samsung, LG and Toshiba. Currently the library only covers G-Sensor and Digital Compasses, but he aims to extend it to other sensors such as proximity sensors also.

Currently the library supports:

GSensor support:

  • HTC
  • Samsung SDK 2.x
  • Samsung SDK 1.x
  • Samsung < 2009 raw
  • Samsung >= 2009 raw
  • E-Ten/Acer
  • Toshiba
  • LG

Compass support:

  • HTC
  • Samsung SDK 2.x

Planned light sensor support:

  • HTC
  • Samsung SDK 2.x
  • Samsung SDK 1.x
  • LG

Planned proximity sensor support:

  • HTC
  • Samsung SDK 2.x
  • LG

The software has been tested on the following handsets:

Uniquely the software works in unattended mode, meaning the app can run with minimal power use while it appears to be suspended.

Read more about the software at Chainfire.eu here.

Thanks Frank for the tip.

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