Omnia II i8000 Digital Compass

With devices becoming more hardware enriched, it was a pleasant surprise to discover that the Samsung Omnia II i8000 has an embedded digital compass.

After fiddling around with the hidden programs in the Windows folder, the LCDTest program stuck out among the rest. The application is a probably just a hardware testing utility that Samsung used as a product control to make sure that everything was working correctly. The test program activates a multitude of different hardware functions from simple color testing, to accelerometer, and even the hidden digital compass.

Although these newer devices do not yet utilize the technology available (think about the FM radio in the AT&T Touch Pro/Fuze variant before the ROM upgrade) developers may be able to access the hardware in the future. The directory for the Samsung Omnia II i8000 is Start>Programs>File Explorer>Windows>LCDTest, remeber to select Show All Files under the Menu tab… It is a little ironic that it is called LCDTest since the Omnia II i8000 has a WVGA AMOLED screen. Some devices that have accessed the digital compass are the newer iPhone 3GS and the HTC Hero. These devices will change the orientation in Google Maps and particularly the Street View.

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