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UTILITY: Free the HTC Touch Diamond's accelerometer with SKKV GSEN [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 10.07.08 - 20:20:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 101141x
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The HTC Touch Diamond's accelerometer is a quite useful hardware-component if only used. However, by default, HTC enabled the G-Sensor for given applications only, like Opera Mobile, the HTC Photo Album or Teeter. Other applications don't take a benefit from the accelerometer while at the same time, HTC also disabled the manual screen rotation as normally available in Windows Mobile. As a matter of fact, you can only run a small amount of predefined applications in landscape mode. Some applications, like E-Mail Inbox or calendar cannot be used in landscape but portrait mode only. However, SKKV's free GSEN solves this problem since it enables to use the accelerometer in all applications and enables to auto-rotate the HTC Diamond screen:

It even allows to exclude applications (like Opera Mobile which doesn't need GSEN) or vice versa, to select which applications should be used. In addition it has a nice add-on feature which lets you turn the device in standby mode by turning the device to screen.

GSEN comes with a whole bunch of configuration options and v1.5 is now available free of charge from SKKV Software. It works on all HTC Touch Diamond devices, including carrier branded versions like the O2 Xda diamond or the T-Mobile MDA compact IV.

UPDATE: Pretty good, SKKV's GSEN also works on HTC's new X7510 Windows Mobile UMPC. Unlike the first HTC Advantage, the X7500, the X7510 isn't using the - still inbuilt - accelerometer anymore and as a matter of fact, the display can be rotated through HTC Home (HTC's Home screen plug-in) only. However, SKKV GSEN reactivates the available accelerometer again which makes it more convenient to use it as a PDA in portrait mode or as an UMPC in landscape mode, when docked to the keyboard.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by FlowerPower on 11.07.08 - 17:39:38

Great finding, even greater program! Now my O2 XDA Diamond is really useful! What kept HTC away from adding this themselves?

Posted by Viewer on 28.07.08 - 18:49:35

Kind of amuzing video.. too much turning the device, too little showing the advantages of the flip possibility!

Posted by Arne Hess on 28.07.08 - 19:53:57

That's exactly what this video is about, turning the device. If you are a Pocket PC user you know what the advantages of landscape are. However, so far Pocket PC user had to switch between orientation through Windows Mobile which is now done through the accelerometer and GSEN. What else do you expect to see?

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