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Front-facing camera disabled in hardware or software?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by sinoth, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. sinoth

    sinoth New Member
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    I'm curious if anyone knows whether the front-facing camera is disabled in hardware or software. There are definitely holes on the front of the case that look like they could be a camera.

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  2. Aerimus

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    I thought it was just a proximity sensor and a light sensor...but you're right, it almost looks like 3 different things going on up there.
     
  3. merrion13

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    Those are the sensors for the proximity sensor and ambient light sensor, no front camera sorry.
     
  4. sinoth

    sinoth New Member
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    Thanks for the quick response! Had no idea about the proximity sensor... interesting. So we can tell how close someone's face is to the screen? xD
     
  5. waltflanagansdog

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    sorry, wrong thread
     
  6. iPenguin

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    Memories of the Incredible forum back in April... everyone thought it (the proximity sensor) was an FFC. And who knows, might be, but several months later and a 720p update around the corner and no talk about "getting it activated".

    The ambient sensor is so the display can auto-change brightness, the proximity sensor is so when you're talking on the phone the display powers off so you don't hang up with them cheek whiskers.
     
  7. tcv

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    But it looks like there is a third sensor/light/camera/whatever.

    Does one of the processes (proximity or ambient) use two sensors?
     
  8. Dennis_Bham

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    On the Galaxy S, the FFC is mounted behind a much larger hole on the upper right side of the front (as you look at the phone) ...
     
  9. Dennis_Bham

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    I believe a proximity sensor would have a transmitting IR LED and a receiving IR sensor, mounted together. I think that is what you are seeing on the one with two devices behind the same hole.

    The other single device is an ambient visible light detector.
     
  10. suXor

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    Correct. The larger hole shows the TX and RX for proximity. The smaller opening is the ambient light sensor for automatic brightness.
     

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