No gyroscope in Windows Phone 7, at least initially

Recently at TechEd 10, Brandon Watson and Peter Torr discussed Windows Phone 7 development on Channel 9. You can watch the whole thing here, though suffice to say it's not the most exciting video nor does it shed too much more new info.

However, it was noted by Mobility Digest that there won't be any Gyroscope support for WP7, at least not right now. The new iPhone 4 has an electronic gyroscope which is supposed to be more sensitive than just an accelerometer. When combined, it should give the phone a more stable and accurate portrayal of its location in three dimensions. Why would that be important? For the growing area of "augmented reality" programs. Sure the accelerometer will help there too, but the gyroscope is even better.

In Microsoft's defense, we can see this as not being a top priority, so we'll allow this one to slide for future updates.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • No gyroscope now but we'll have plenty of overreaction to make up for it in the mean time!
  • gyroscope is so minor. oh wow augmented reality, lets throw around more buzzwords, yea apps that answer a question noone asked. thats what we need
  • There are an awful lot of "no's" with Windows Phone 7. 1) No copy and paste
    2) No multi-tasking
    3) No sideloading of apps
    4) No gyroscope
    5) No RAPI
    6) No Video Capture
    7) No bluetooth api
    8) No outside truetype fonts
    9) No swappable memory card I'm sure there are several other no's I forgot about. I think I will stick with Windows Mobile 6.5. There is no good reason to goto WP7 at all.
  • Not surprising. i heard it isn't compatible with kittens, nor will it turn farts into Skittles.
  • No gyroscope isn't a problem, but no compass API at launch is disappointing. Is there an accelerometer API, or are they including this under "gyroscope"?
  • No gyroscope is not a problem, but don't you think that no compass API at launch is disappointing.
  • Isn't that just for 3rd parties? Don't OEMS get access to it?