SensorCore is the technology made by Nokia in conjunction with Qualcomm to enable tracking of your location, steps, and level of activity using your Windows Phone while not killing your battery. Found on the Lumia 630, Lumia 635, Lumia 730, Lumia 735, Lumia 830, Lumia 930, and Lumia 1520, SensorCore is also open to third-party developers to make new apps that leverage the tech.
Sensie is one of those apps, and it is quite ingenious and well polished, especially being relatively new, (it first launched at the beginning of September, but received an update today). The app is designed to visualize your travels and recent activities, leveraging HERE Maps.
Sensie keeps track of where you are, where you have been, activity level and then maps it all for easy viewing. It also calculates how much you have traveled in the last few days, displays information in heat-maps and more. Here are the features from the Store listing:
- Activities in time
- Favorite places
- Map of moves
- Export to GPX
- Backup on OneDrive
The app works exceptionally well and if you already have SensorCore enabled (it is found under Settings > Motion Data), the app pulls in that data going back ten days. The OneDrive integration is also admirable, as you can backup your data in addition to pulling down your Microsoft Account avatar and name for a personal touch. The ability to export a GPX file is not something I would often use, but I think it is better to have features than not, so thumbs up.
Sensie also has a Live Tile that displays how much distance you have traveled over the last ten days. Unfortunately, the wide Tile looks great but does not appear to be Live.
Sliding over to the right, and you can see a recap of your last three days of activity in graph form, along with how many feet (or meters) you have traveled.
Interestingly, Sensie does not appear to have a pedometer, which is an odd omission. Since SensorCore collects that information too, it should not be too hard to add. Then again, Sensie is not a fitness app, but rather it is meant to visualize your position and activities.
Not everyone needs Sensie, but it is a fresh way to see where you have been over the last week and a half. The app is free, but it only shows you the last three days of activity. If you do an in-app purchase for $1.99, you can go back the full ten days. The price may seem a little high, but conversely, this is a niche app for those who know they need it. If you need an app like Sensie, it works well, and it is worth the $2.
Like most things on Windows Phone, try before you buy. Also, remember, if you are already using Motion Data/SensorCore, using Sensie (in addition to your other pedometer apps) does not use any more battery. All SensorCore apps tap into the same bank of collected information.
- Download Sensie for Windows Phone 8.1 (Free trial; $1.99 IAP; Lumia phones only)