I've just started using a Doogee Nova Y100X Android-based phone (it's android 5.0).

It seems that my apps can only access some of the phone's sensors: accelerometer seems to work, proximity and illumination as well - but not orientation and magnetometer. I tested using an app named Compass v0.1 and then with S Tools+.

Is this a hardware issue? A fundamental software issue due to the phone manufacturer? Or (hopefully) something I can fix with some kind of configuration?

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    Based from the description of YouTube video review of this device, it only supports "Gravity Sensor Support, Light sensor Support, P-sensor Support", which is the same as your observation.. which makes me believe that this device doesn't have gyrometer and magnetometer. Have you tested it using any sensor tester apps?
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 3:14
  • @AndrewT.: It would be pretty strange if the device were missing such fundamental (I would think) sensors present on most(?) smartphones... I did use a sensor tester app, S Tools ; but I'll try finding APKs for the ones you linked to (I don't use Google accounts so I can't get stuff from there.)
    – einpoklum
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 10:48
  • Well, from this question about minimum hardware requirement, it refers to Android CDC for Lollipop, and there's a section for sensors. Most sensors are recommended to have ("SHOULD"), but not a requirement ("MUST") (the categorization is defined on RFC2119)...
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 12:34
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    ... and it's not uncommon for Android devices not to have gyroscope and magnetometer. Many low-entry devices don't have (and thus, cannot fully utilize Google Cardboard)
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 12:36

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Indeed, as @AndrewT suggested, the device does not seem to have the extra sensors, physically.

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