Samsung releases API for its advances sensors, puts HTC to shame

Samsung has one-upped HTC by releasing the specifications and API for the many sensors found on their Windows Mobile phones.  This will allow developers to access for example their accelerometer, light sensor and even optical mouse sensor without having to reverse engineer the software on the device, as is the common and onerous practice currently.

To get access to the API and the associated documentation one need only register for free with their Mobile Innovator service.

HTC, which has a much larger Windows Mobile market share, has so far declined to release the API for its own sensors, which just seem to multiply on its high end devices.  The latest Touch Pro 2 for example is expected to ad a proximity sensor, which again will not be accessible to developers without hacking.

The refusal to release API’s formally is thought to be in part the reason why commercial G-sensor applications are extremely uncommon.

To register and download the API and documentation see Samsung’s Mobile Innovator website here.

Via Windows Mobile Dev.