Use this tag for questions related to issues with sensors equipped in devices, such as: Ambient light (ALS), Accelerometer, Back-illuminated sensor (Backside Illumination, BSI or BI), etc. Note that 'compass', 'gps', 'gyroscope', and 'proximity-sensor' have their own tags.

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How does in-pocket detection work?

My Droid Bionic has an option on the Display Settings page "In-Pocket detection: locks your device automatically when inserted in pocket" How does the phone sense that it's in your pocket? I'm ...
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How does the automatic brightness settings work?

Maybe a dumb question, but I couldn't find any official documentation to confirm. Does it use the light sensor? Do most devices support it?
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How can I calibrate the tilting sensor on Android

I have some Android mobile which seems to be a Samsung, or at least a clone thereof. I got it form my wife as a present, so I don't really know which one. Under the batterypack it says "Model: 19502" ...
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Automatic adjust brightness through out the day

It does not seem that automatic brightness works well on my Nexus S. Basically, I want my phone's brightness to adjust throughout the day. Either that, or something that automatically adjusts ...
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Which hardware sensors are supported by Android? [closed]

Which hardware sensors are supported by Android? Are there any imaginable sensors that may be planned to be supported in the future? For every sensor: How is the sensor useful? Which devices ...
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How can I find out all sensor my smartphone has?

Is there a way to analyse, which characteristics my smartphone is capable of? I found an app Z-Device Test, that claims to be able to analyse these characteristics: the GPS signal, camera, ...