Nexus 5 features two new sensors: step detector and step counter
The Nexus 5 is the first device we know to have these two sensors built in, but it likely won’t remain the only one for long. Android 4.4 KitKat opens platform support for these new sensors so other phones can integrate them as well.
How does it all work? Simple - the accelerometer detects when you’ve taken a step and the counter, well.. counts them. All of that detection happens in the system so developers do not need to write code for the step detection, and that’s neat.
source: Android Developer
1. mr.techdude (Posts: 555; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Kudous to Google yaaaayyyy, ouuuhhhh please this is not going to suck the battery very badly.
20. JayQ330 (Posts: 21; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Not to bust anyone's bubble but didn't the galaxy s4 have this built in also with there built in pedometer? Isn't this the same thing? It can calculate your calories burnt buy measuring speed, up steps , vertical steps & speed, plus more. It's great that they took a step to make it a default android phone feature, but give credit where it's do we're not apple... IMO Samsung had this first.. The idea & implementation. How it's done, it could of been done the same or differently, but the outcomes the same. Either way great move for Google to make it a default feature +1!
2. DaHarder (Posts: 174; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
Nice... and I'd wager that they're 'properly calibrated' on the Nexus 5, unlike that other device we've been reading about.
These will undoubtedly be a part of Google's Nexus-branded (wrist) wearable when it finally gets released.
3. ohiojosh78 (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
Google'll be watching you
17. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
NSA will be there as "POLICE" ... and Google just doing a Lip Sync
9. SellPhones82 (Posts: 565; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Started singing that in my head after I read the second sentence!
16. bibekpachhai (unregistered)
I swear I thought it was a song.
10. Hlorri (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 May 2008)
All your data are belong to (nex)us!
There's a reason I'm clinging to my Nokia 808 PureView, with its dead Symbian OS. The last two year's "innovations" (especially on Android) have all to do with leaving your data on the cloud, letting go of your privacy.
Google Backup? Very convenient, except it also sends your WiFi keys and other passwords to Google in plaintext.
Google Play Music? Nice - it uploads all your sound files to Google for access anywhere - where your taste profile can be very lucurative in the eyes of potential advertisers.
Google Drive? Gmail? Google Docs? Convenient all right... until Google changes their motto from "Don't be evil!" to "Bwhahahahaha -- Gotcha!"
Wait... didn't they already do that...?
18. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
All marketing behind "Cloud" is for SPYING on every bit of data.
India is now banning use of gmail and other free email services for all officials in govt job.
12. MEeee (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
I used my Note 3 to control the TV channels all the time. The remote can pin to lock screen/pulldown notification. It's better to have extra features than nothing at all. How often do you have to look around for your TV remote?
11. cc3493 (Posts: 155; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
I dont see the need, i have a remote for that
6. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
So now ... when you are in the mall ... as you walk from store to store ... Google can now send you targeted ads.
13. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
Neat feature with the exception of the massive privacy concerns...
15. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Are you serious? I've been waiting for this quite some time
19. rf134a (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)
This feature was available in Symbian 2 years ago as Nokia Wellness Diary beta. It worked great on my N8.
I don't see how this is "new"...