AndroSensor an All-in-one Android Sensor Diagnostic Tool
Aug 27, 2011 8:44 AM –
AndroSensor. The absolute all-in-one diagnostic tool! AndroSensor started as a simple showcase of all the sensors your Android device has, yet it has become the absolute all-in-one diagnostic tool that lets you know virtually everything about your device’s status.
Tested on: Sony Xperia Play, HTC Droid Incredible 2
Pros & Cons:
- Single screen read out of all system sensor information!
- Minimalistic and extremely easy to use interface!
- Select only the sensors that you wish to see displayed in the application!
- Detailed readout of system sensors!
- Allows you to monitor your device’s multi-touch capabilities!
- Not overly useful information for the average consumer.
- Not frequently used.
AndroSensor is an Android application for keeping track of all of your device’s sensors. AndroSensor allows you to track your device’s GPS, Accelerometer, Magnetic Field, Orientation, Proximity, Battery Status, and Sound Level. You are also able to keep real-time logs of your device’s operation as well as see detailed info on your Hardware, Memory, Software, Display, and Mobile Network information.
The sensor readouts are based on your device’s current state and change as you change the location, orientation, or the amount of usage of the device. This information allows you to see whether your device is working properly and to be able to accurately compare the sensors on one device to the sensors on another. Readouts based on location are given in Latitude and Longitude, readouts based on device position are given based on the position of the device’s axis, and the battery information provided in AndroSensor is similar to that given in other applications like Battery Indicator.
Under the Device Info option you are able to delve deeper into the specifics of your device’s hardware. This portion of the application gives detailed information on your device’s model, system software, processor, and memory. What I especially appreciated about this portion of the app is that it displays current CPU governors, Available RAM vs Total RAM, and detailed display information including device density and refresh rate. You are also able to access a Multi-touch test which allows you to find out exactly how responsive your device is to multi-touch through determining maximum simultaneous touches supported on your device’s hardware.
AndroSensor also keeps detailed logs of running processes and registry changes on your device. You are able to access these at any time by selecting the Menu key and the selecting Logs. The logs are given in a text based scrolling readout which can be exported to any email address or saved for later perusal.
Finally, the settings allow you to select the language of the application, determine the units used to display system information in, change the application update interval, or choose which sensors are monitored and displayed. I especially like the option to select which sensors should be monitored and displayed because it prevents the application from becoming congested and allows you to see only the information you desire to see for your device.
Androsensor Hardware Info
Androsensor Display Stats
Androsensor Multitouch Sensor
Androsensor Activity Log
Androsensor Unsupported Sensors
Androsensor Settings 2
AndroSensor is a useful application if you wish to see more detailed information on each of your device’s sensors. It gives you extremely detailed information on your GPS, Accelerometer, and Device Display. The application is lightweight and filled with options to give you as much information as you desire.
Despite this fact I do not think it would be overly useful for the common user, showing mostly information which is not necessary for the common user. I personally have no use for a detailed readout on my phone’s accelerometer, GPS, or current decibel level, and I doubt many others would either. I think this is mostly a niche application for developers looking to test the accuracy of their programming on a device.
Ease of Use:
AndroSensor is extremely easy to use. All you need to do is turn on the application and all of your device’s sensor readouts are displayed instantly in front of you. There are a few menus incorporated throughout it, but everything was very straightforward and easy to use.
Personally I would not add AndroSensor on my daily flyer list. I normally do not have any need for sensor readouts or system information on my phone beyond what I already know. Instead I would put this application in a category that I would download when needed and recommend to others, but not use often myself.
Where I believe it would be used the most is by developers; especially for those developers experimenting custom ROMs and the Android file system.
The interface for AndroSensor is minimalistic and that is how I like it. The application does an excellent job putting out all of the information you may need and making it easy to access for all users. The information displayed is detailed and concise, and there are no major distractions to take away from the pleasant user experience.