Proximity Sensor?

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  1. gscal

    gscal Well-Known Member

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    So I heard that 3.0 would bring with it a proximity sensor. I feel this is the most overlooked feature of them all. I mean, this could come in handy in a bunch of games! But are devs gonna use it? Discuss.
     
  2. Zincous

    Zincous Well-Known Member

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    Google has already been using it :p
     
  3. yourofl10

    yourofl10 Well-Known Member

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    What exactly is a "Proximity Sensor"? :confused::confused::eek::eek::rolleyes:
     
  4. Zincous

    Zincous Well-Known Member

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    The thing that senses/can tell when your face is up against (or in proximity of) the phone so it shuts the screen off when your on a phone call or listening to voicemail, so your face doesn't press any "buttons"
     
  5. Kamazar

    Kamazar Well-Known Member

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    In a nutshell, it's a light sensor.
     
  6. worldcup1100

    worldcup1100 Well-Known Member

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    Wouldn't that require new hardware that some software couldn't fix? Or is that an existing feature. I.E. the brightness gauge.
     
  7. Zincous

    Zincous Well-Known Member

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    It's an existing feature that apple didn't allow developers to use. They used it for the phone themselves. But in 3.0 they are allowing devs access to that feature. (aka: API)
     
  8. worldcup1100

    worldcup1100 Well-Known Member

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    Oh, ok.
    Stingy apple.:p
     
  9. Marioman619

    Marioman619 Well-Known Member

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    There's no proximity sensor in the touch is there?
     
  10. worldcup1100

    worldcup1100 Well-Known Member

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    Read above, according to Zincous there is.
     
  11. Zincous

    Zincous Well-Known Member

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    What :confused: where did I say the touch had one? I just said it was used for the phone.

    I don't think they do. It's only used for phone calls in the iphone right now. So idk why a touch would have one. And I don't think I've ever seen it being used.
     
  12. Kamazar

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    Wait, I know where it is. Shine a light on the top of an iTouch. You'll be able to see a tiny red circle where the headpiece would be on the iPhone. Pretty sure that's the sensor.
     
  13. Zincous

    Zincous Well-Known Member

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    I opened up google mobiles app on both an iphone and ipod touch and they are completely different.

    iPhone has voice activated search and allows the proximity sensor. But the iPod touch doesn't even have the option, it's just typing in to search and the proximity sensor doesn't work.
     

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