Comparing the effectiveness of sensors in mobile OSes

According to Ian Chen of Sensor Platforms Inc., in “Comparing the effectiveness of sensors in mobile operating systems, ” mobile devices have adopted many different sensors, such that they have become the dominant volume driver for consumer grade sensing components.

Managing and interpreting sensor data, whether using the Core Motion framework of iOS, the Sensor Manager functions in Android, or the Sensor Class Drivers in Windows 8, allows applications to accomplish similar goals. However, the capabilities of the three platforms differ in details, representing ongoing learning challenges for app developers and OS architects.

This article looks at the scope of these mobile frameworks, particularly with respect to inertial sensors common to all three platforms, and highlights their commonalities, examines their differences, and identifies common areas that need improvements in order to expand sensor-enabled use cases.

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