Windows Phone 7 skips gyroscope and compass support for now

Windows Phone 7 skips gyroscope and compass support for now
It has been confirmed by Brandon Watson, Microsoft's director for development experience, that the Windows Phone 7 SDK does not come with the Compass API and it will probably not have it at launch either. The same situation goes with the gyroscope support on the new mobile OS.


Brandon talked for Channel9 on the issue, but clarified that accelerometer support is there now, and Microsoft will also add options to use pivot and panoramic capabilities for developers by the end of the summer. Meanwhile they are allowed to utilize some open source solutions for their applications requiring spatial orientation, but are advised to switch to the official APIs, once released, to provide uniform experience throughout the platform.


source: Windows phone

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10 Comments

1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

So it is possible for a phone manufacturer to include a gyroscope and compass the phone OS just won't recognize it. And again it is possible for a dev to create an app that can use the hardware so long as the dev either creates or uses open API's for the tech but has to throw that time and effort away and use official API's when they are built into the OS. Why MS? why not just include support for all the newest and upcoming technologies? That way when a phone includes the hardware the software is already there. It's kinda what u do. Otherwise vista wouldn't have tablet computer support and so on. Then again as cool as WP7 is sounding, they seem to be taking a few backward steps with it.. Just have to wait and see.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that is kind of odd. But they also originally said no cut n paste or multitasking but fixed it shortly after. Its all just rumor mill right now. After the 10 year disaster that was windows mobile, i totally understand them treading carefully into a new OS. Better safe than WM all over again :)

3. mdw92581

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

WP7 may be nice looking and all and probly a vast improvement over WMx.x but it will not be a contender.

4. dswatson83

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

Wow microsoft still hasn't learned a thing. Its 6months away and already its behind the competition in every way...boy am I glad I didn't wait for this crap. They have just completely dropped the ball in the mobile categories.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it took the iphone 3 itterations to "catch up". Let them get their feet on the ground and start walkin before they start to run. No new OS is gonna be a contender right out of the gate. Not android, windows, or iphone... and none of em were.

6. mdw92581

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

Considering that microsoft has a decade into the mobile handset world, I would expect from their new OS nothing but a rediculously vast iimprovement that will be even more popular than the previous. Take Apple iOS4 for instance. Even if it was completely revamped and somehow ended up like Sense UI on top of iOS4 I guarantee we would still see virtural iPhone stores closing up shop due to an overwhelming response. Microsoft just dropped the F!@#ing ball with their Zune Phone 7. PS MSoft had 6.53 itterations and they never figured out how to make a version without constant bugs.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the difference, mdw, windows phone 7 is not simply an upgrade. its a new OS building itself from the ground up. Its not simply an upgrade from 6.5 to 7. old windows apps are not compatable and it is not the same. it would be like Apple scratching IOS all together and creating a whole new platform.. not just going from 4.0 to 5.0. They arent dropping the ball, they are building a new OS empire. Again, the iphone did none of this stuff your complaining about for a few major upgrades. Only android, palm and windows did. Let them take their time and do it right, lest we end up with a flashier version chaos that is the current windows platform.

8. mdw92581

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

I completely understand that its not windows mobile 7. And I understand that iOS4 IS iOS3 plus one. But what I'm saying is that Android pretty much got it right with 2.1 which took like what a year from release. Apple basically got it right from jump. From the looks of it WP7 is a flashy version of Zune on a phone and I highly doubt it will do Android, Apple, or even WM numbers. This just announced other OS they are working on for business will probably do better. I'm not trying to speak some kind of facts or nothin man but that WP7 just looks like a toy.

9. Ash unregistered

Windows Mobile is a complete failure from the beginning, even windows 7 mobile not an exception. I think MS need to re-organize Windows mobile team from scratch. Few recommendations I would like to advice. Most of the users need basic applications build-in to windows mobile rather than downloaded from marketplace (MS failed here by providing non-accessible web site from a PC). Some build-in applications I like to see are voice recorder, notes (yes fancy letter), COMPUS (yes there is lot of people need it). Personally I miss COMPUS application or at least its API.

10. Frostbyte unregistered

Too many complaints on WMobile. Used as a business tool, not a toy, never had any trouble syncing with ActiveSync for all my office stuff, ACT!, QuickBooks, email... Etc. WPhone is new, lives in 'The Cloud' (kind of like Microsoft as a whole), but, other than that, is stable in it's first iteration, and lets me use it as a business tool. Don't care for all the social time wasting. I'll give it a few more upgrades before I switch to something else.

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