Ben Elliott · Mar 25, 2010 at 08:31 am

SciLor’s GSensor Control [Alpha] Available

Many of the newest HTC Windows Mobile devices no longer feature a directional pad to navigate menus, as the now finger-friendly builds of WM 6.5 have eliminated a need for them. However, not having a D-pad can really be a pain when trying to navigate small, fiddly menus in apps such as Total Commander, and it also makes playing some games impossible.

Thankfully scilor has written an ingenious app that resolves this issue, by using your phone’s accelerometer (or G-Sensor) as a replacement for the directional buttons; scrolling down when you tilt the phone down, left when tilted to the left, etcetera.

‘SciLor’s GSensor Control’ also features two different settings for keystroke repetition. The ‘Analog Emulation’ option will send a number of keystrokes relative to how long the device is tilted for, whereas selecting ‘Digital Pad’ will cause the directional button to effectively be ‘held’ until the device is returned to its original position.

To use the app you’ll need .NET Framework v3.5 running on your device. As the app is still in its alpha stage of development, there is a chance that you will experience some bugs while using it. Download the .cab from the application thread, and don’t forget to leave some feedback once you’ve given it a try, to aid in the development process.


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Ben Elliott

ben_duder is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above. View ben_duder's posts and articles here.
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