Surjya Narayana Padhi Surjya Narayana Padhi - 1 year ago 98
Android Question

How to detect movement of an android device?

I need suggestion about how to detect the amount of movement of an android device. Suppose I have put the phone on a table or bed and then if somebody taps the table or sits or laydown on the bed then I want to detect the movement of the android device.

Actually I know that android has motion sensors APIs but I don't know which sensor to use and what sensor type is best for this type of movement detection.

I would be glad if someone can share some basic demo code.

Answer Source

Definitely work with the accelerometer:

// Start with some variables
private SensorManager sensorMan;
private Sensor accelerometer;

private float[] mGravity;
private float mAccel;
private float mAccelCurrent;
private float mAccelLast;

// In onCreate method
sensorMan = (SensorManager)getSystemService(SENSOR_SERVICE);
accelerometer = sensorMan.getDefaultSensor(Sensor.TYPE_ACCELEROMETER);
mAccel = 0.00f;
mAccelCurrent = SensorManager.GRAVITY_EARTH;
mAccelLast = SensorManager.GRAVITY_EARTH;

// And these:

public void onResume() {
    sensorMan.registerListener(this, accelerometer,

protected void onPause() {

public void onSensorChanged(SensorEvent event) {
    if (event.sensor.getType() == Sensor.TYPE_ACCELEROMETER){
        mGravity = event.values.clone();
        // Shake detection
        float x = mGravity[0];
        float y = mGravity[1];
        float z = mGravity[2];
        mAccelLast = mAccelCurrent;
        mAccelCurrent = FloatMath.sqrt(x*x + y*y + z*z);
        float delta = mAccelCurrent - mAccelLast;
        mAccel = mAccel * 0.9f + delta;
            // Make this higher or lower according to how much
            // motion you want to detect
        if(mAccel > 3){ 
        // do something


public void onAccuracyChanged(Sensor sensor, int accuracy) {
    // required method