Screenshots reveal how Windows 10 for Phones tracks a user's physical activity

Screenshots reveal how Windows 10 for Phones tracks a user's physical activity
A series of screenshots show how new sensors coming with Windows 10 for Phones will enable the tracking of a user's physical activity, along with a number of other new features. A recent presentation at the WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Community) event in Shenzhen revealed that the new build of Microsoft's mobile OS will come with a laundry list of new sensors.

The list of sensors revealed at WinHEC include Barometer (new), Proximity (Human presence), Long range (new), Custom sensors (new), Environmental (Temperature, Humidity, CO2, UV, etc.), Biometric (Heart rate, Gas), Activity tracking/detection (new) (walking, running, etc.), Altimeter (new) and Pedometer (new).

Activity detection allows the phone to know if you're running, riding a bicycle, walking or even riding in a car. The sensor can also determine if the phone is in your hand, or in a shirt, pants or jacket pocket. It can also figure out if the device is nestled in a holster, purse, bag or backpack. Windows 10 for Phones tracks and manages up to 30 days of activity data.

A series of four screenshots taken from a phone running Windows 10 for Phones can be seen in the slideshow below. You can see how the operating system can figure out not only when you start or stop an activity, but also knows the activity that you are doing. The screenshots show that the Windows 10 for Phones user in the example is running.

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1. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Big Brother is watching.

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

will the lumia 535 get the windows 10 ?

3. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Hopefully there will be ANT+ and S-pen enabled Win10 phone as well in near future...all other goodies like pedometer altimeter are welcomed. ANT+ by the way i use on my note 3 while cycling (cadence+speed sensor+heartrate belt) - ANT+ is a feature that i use since XPERIA NEO - luckily Samsung uses it in almost every single phone these days. Win10 powered Note by Samsung hopefully in the works

10. iEpic

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Judging by how Samsung is in a lawsuit with Microsoft, you can just fold that idea now.

4. mohamed.k

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

does this features apply for all windows 10 phones or for the phones that will be launched that will be launched after windows 10 arrives? do phones like lumia (930 or 1520) or even lumia 640 xl will have these features?

5. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

probably older devices dont have the supported - OEMs didnt include them into the device as they would be uselles inside the device as the OSs didint work with them. With the new Win10 - OS supports these things and therefore OEMs can build devices with these sensors. Probably 640XL doesnt have them - and probably new devices that will support all of those sensors want cost under 200USD.

11. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

If your device have sensorcore (this is in all lumia with snapdragon 400 or 800) yes, your device can track your motion with low battery usage... So there will be no problem with this update, is just a smarter software

6. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

They forgot to include the Cock-o-meter, the most important from all of them!

7. contreras252

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I want a Galaxy S6 with windows 10.. would be awesome...

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

That will be ATIV 6, Galaxy is Samsung branding for Android. ATIV is the designated branding for Windows products.

9. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Who else actually a little creeped out by this?

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