Samsung releases Digital Compass API for Windows Mobile devices

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Here’s some more news coming out of Samsung this weekend. As we have reported earlier,the Samsung Omnia II has “hidden” Digital Compass, but this fearure wasn’t exposed by any API. Today the south Korea phone maker is releasing an update version of their WinMo SDK for Windows Mobile 6.5. The new SDK exposes the Digital Compass with the new 3D Orientation API:

Updated SDK supports the new Windows Mobile operating system; allows users to develop enhanced applications for Samsung phones

Samsung Mobile Innovator, Samsung Electronics’ support center for mobile application developers, today announced the availability of the latest release of the popular Samsung Software Developer Kit (SDK) which now supports the new Windows Mobile operating system. The SDK, which is available for download on http://innovator.samsungmobile.com, allows developers to utilize advanced features on Samsung phones running the Windows Mobile 6.5 OS. This latest release provides access to the 3D Orientation (compass) and proximity sensor APIs, enabling developers to bring further innovation to Samsung mobiles. The localized SDK 2.0 release for China will be available in late October.

Currently, the SDK allows users to develop applications that utilize features such as the accelerometer, the camera, haptics and LED technology among many others. To date, developers have used the SDK to develop applications to enhance games, develop music applications and create social networking solutions with enhanced usability and features.

Currently, the number one downloaded application available at the recently launched Samsung Applications Store (www.samsungapps.com) is Omniano, a virtual piano playing application developed by Sean Kwon, which puts a grand piano in the users’ hands.

“We have been actively working with developers to understand their needs and provide the functionality and usability that make developing applications a unique and fun process,” said Martin Tannerfors, Director, Samsung Mobile Innovator. “It’s exciting to see how Samsung Mobile Innovator has created a place for developers to collaborate and share new and innovative ideas and openly discuss how we can help develop enhanced SDK tools.”

The following phones are supported in the latest release of the SDK:
GT-I8000 Omnia II
GT-B7300 Omnia LITE
GT-B7330 Omnia PRO B7330
SPH-i350 Intrepid
GT-B7620 Armani
The full list of phones and APIs supported is available at http://innovator.samsungmobile.com.

It’s not known if the all the devices listed here have a Digital Compass (I gues that yes though). The other known Windows Phone with a Digital Compass is the HTC HD2. Now let’s see some nice Augmented Reality apps on WinMo please.

Source: Samsung via MSMobiles