Nexus 5 features two new sensors: step detector and step counter

Nexus 5 features two new sensors: step detector and step counter
The Nexus 5 comes with two new sensors built right inside it that you might not know about - a step detector and a step counter. The pair will quietly run in the background monitoring literally every step you take whether you are walking, running or climbing stairs. And since the two sensors are baked right in the hardware they consume very little power.

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.

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)



1. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Kudous to Google yaaaayyyy, ouuuhhhh please this is not going to suck the battery very badly.

20. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 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: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 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: 32; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Every breath you take Every move you make Every bond you break Every step you take Google'll be watching you

7. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

and NSA will be there behind google...

17. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

NSA will be there as "POLICE" ... and Google just doing a Lip Sync

9. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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: May 07, 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: Aug 11, 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.

4. avasponge

Posts: 44; Member since: May 03, 2012

no ir blaster :(

5. Knightmare64

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Awe your so 2007...

8. Hlorri

Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 2008

No AM radio!

12. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I dont see the need, i have a remote for that

6. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

So now ... when you are in the mall ... as you walk from store to store ... Google can now send you targeted ads.

14. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

YAY for coupons!

13. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Neat feature with the exception of the massive privacy concerns...

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Are you serious? I've been waiting for this quite some time

19. rf134a

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 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"...

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