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October 15, 2014

SensorCore explained

From time to time, we refer to SensorCore, particularly where newly launched devices like the Lumia 635, Lumia 830, and Lumia 930 are concerned. But what is SensorCore? Here’s a brief explanation.

Well, SensoreCore is two things: part hardware, part software, and both work in unison.


On the hardware side, it’s a physical buffer between the sensors already present on your phone, such as GPS, compass, and accelerometer, and the applications programmed to make use of the sensors.

For these sensors to run almost continuously throughout the day, they need to run on very little power and therefore a new software solution was created that could handle such a small amount of power.

While it’s the sensors alone that register movement, those motions are captured and turned into data using software.

That data can be accessed by apps built using the SensorCore SDK, such as Health and Fitness, miCoach Train & Run, and Track Runner. It’s then visualized and presented in a meaningful way so that you can see how far you’ve traveled, how many steps you’ve taken, how many calories you’ve burned, and how long it took to complete your workouts.

For developers, you can make your own real-time data-driven apps using the Lumia SensorCore SDK – Go to to download the newly released version 1.0

See how SensorCore can work for you in this video.

Currently, SensorCore is available on the Lumia 630, Lumia 635, Lumia 730, Lumia 735, Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia 1520 and Lumia Icon, running on Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan.