One of three handsets to come equipped with accelerometer next year

One of three handsets to come equipped with accelerometer next year
Accelerometers have gained quite a popularity and are so common on cell phones these days that we no longer consider them a premium feature. On the other hand, their inadequate implementation on certain devices often irritates us. Perhaps we will have more reasons to be annoyed next year or alternatively, relish their flawless functinality. Who knows. What we do know is that, according to Jérémie Bouchaud (Director of microelectronics with iSuppli), every one of three handsets sold in 2010 will sport an accelerometer. The company has also ascertained the fact that the relevant implementation on the Palm Pre and iPhone 3GS is currently one of the best on the market (manufactured by Kionix and STMicroelectronics respectively). Another case in point proving such devices are becoming increasingly widespread is the fact that all handsets that Nokia has manufactured since January this year feature accelerometers, so the conlusion that they will gain even more popularity seems quite logical. Let´s just hope the modern feature doesn´t fail to bring along improved functionality, say, something similar to certain titles for Nintendo Wii that allow users to control gameplay through complex moves

source: IntoMobile


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6 Comments

1. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Honestly, all this was because of Apple. Most people hadn't even heard of accelerometers in phones or accelerometers at all until the launch of the first generation iPhone. I thought that the iPhone was the first phone to input that feature but I read somewhere that some other phone did it first.

2. hargs48

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

The 1st phone to have an accelerometer was the Nokia N95...which came out in March 07...the hardware was there,however there was no API files to control the accelerometer. Nokia then released the API files around 6 months after launch...

4. durkadurkha

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 10, 2009

E.N. was right, sure the N95 had it on the market 1st but Apple made it mainstream- ask anyone carrying around a "free Phone" from their carrier if they would rather have an iPhone or an N95- they will look at you and say "what's an N95?" sure the N95 was great- it started the Camera war but it was never meant to be mainstream like the iPhone

6. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Yeah and the first iPhone came out June 2007, just 3 months after the N95. Plus the accelerometer in the iPhone was useable from day 1 of launch while according to hargs48, the N95's accelerometer could be used only after the release of API's around September.

3. Vitamins4022 unregistered

I totally loved the accelerometer in the Gameboy advance. Brilliant!

5. legionsreturn unregistered

That one was good, but it couldnt hold a candle to the accelerometer of the Neo Geo Pocket or the Game Gear!

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