The following is the first few sections of a chapter from The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development, plus headings for the remaining major sections, to give you an idea about the content of the chapter.

Basic Use of Sensors

“Sensors” is Android’s overall term for ways that Android can detect elements of the physical world around it, from magnetic flux to the movement of the device. Not all devices will have all possible sensors, and other sensors are likely to be added over time. In this chapter, we will explore the general concept of Android sensors and how to receive data from them.

Note, however, that this chapter will not get into details of detecting movement via the accelerometer, etc.


Understanding this chapter requires that you have read the core chapters, particularly the chapter on threads. Having experience with other system-service-and-listener patterns, such as fetching locations with LocationManager, is helpful but not strictly required.

The Sensor Abstraction Model

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Considering Rates

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Reading Sensors

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Batching Sensor Readings

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