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Smartphones have been the revolution these days with many people are purchasing a smartphone irrespective of the age group. We can see smartphones in hands of a three-year small kid which goes up to a 100-year-old man, which simply because of how productive they became these days.
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How smartphones became an unstoppable force from last two-three years? This is simply because manufacturers have improved the usage productivity of smartphones with the integration of several sensors.
Smartphones, till date are released with nine sensors of which some sensors may miss on some sensors, however, high-end smartphones will definitely feature all the sensors. Here are the smartphone sensors which are used in smartphones till date.
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The first one in this list will be the Accelerometer, which helps in detecting the motion of your smartphone. Smartphone manufacturers these days are using this accelerometer for various purposes such as the wake-up screen when the smartphone moves and so on.
This accelerometer is also responsible your screen orientation and helps apps to detect your screen orientation when in portrait or landscape.
Light sensor is responsible for the 'auto brightness' setting in your phone as with the help of light sensor itself, the display will be able to set the brightness according to the light.
The much useful sensor in smartphones. This sensor turns off the display when you are in some call, which is a really cool feature as many people will be wondering why their calls always disconnect. Proximity sensor addresses this issue.
Recently smartphone manufacturers also added some additional functionality to this sensor like waving your hand over the sensor wakes the device which they as 'Ambient Display'. This sensor can be mostly found beside the front facing camera and while on call, you can see a red light glowing, which is the sensor.
The Magnetometer is helpful in detecting your smartphone's magnetic field and can point towards North. This sensor helps in finding your orientation when in navigation and helps in detecting your direction.
Navigation apps such as Google Maps, Here Maps, etc work with the help of this sensor and it helps in locking your device's GPS.
The Gyroscope is otherwise called as an Accelerometer itself because it offers the same functionalities of Accelerometer but with great accuracy.
Heart Rate Sensors
Heart Rate Sensors are commonly seen in smart bands or smartwatches, however, they became sort of absolute these days with the smartphones. The first smartphone to release with a heart rate sensor was the Samsung Galaxy S5, which was a huge flop for the company.
Heart Rate sensor basically monitors your heart rate and shows it in the smartphone with the help of an additional application.
The latest one to enter the smartphone arena. This sensor became absolute with every smartphone releasing these days. With fingerprint sensor, you can unlock your device and it provides additional security to your smartphone
Pedometers are also seen in smart bands or wearables, but some smartphones do arrive with pedometers and one of them is the latest entrant- the Huawei P9, which has a pedometer in it.
The basic idea of a pedometer is to detect your steps and show them as how many calories burnt from your body, which is a really cool sensor to have in smartphones.
Alright, the sensor in this list. This one is kind of weird sensor to have a smartphone as it measures the atmospheric pressure of your surroundings and tells if there is any rainfall in near future.