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Optical Track Pad doesn't work in the dark?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Colchicine, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Colchicine

    Colchicine Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Last night I was hammering out some emails while watching TV. The only light in the room was from the Inc and the TV. I could not get the track pad to register my motions. I attempted to angle the phone to face the TV but still got no response.

    I'm thinking this is a design failure. An optical device shouldn't be on a phone if it can't be used in the dark. Seems to me that the light sensor would affect the track pad's sensitivity based on the ambient light.

    Is there any work around to getting the track pad to work in the dark?
     


  2. callmeox

    callmeox Android Enthusiast

    As a parade of Dinc owners file into a darkened room in their abode for testing, Colchicine gets a good laugh at their expense. :p


    I just tested this in a pitch dark bathroom where the only light was the screen on the lowest illumination setting and the soft buttons and I had no issue using the optical track pad to navigate.
     
  3. Colchicine

    Colchicine Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    You caught me.

    Alrighty then. I guess I need to do more systematic experimentation to determine when it doesn't work. Anecdotally, I've noticed it more in dark situations.
     
  4. callmeox

    callmeox Android Enthusiast

    I have had issues on and off where the trackpad is wonky when trying to edit emails, but I've not connected that with room lighting.

    What app do you use for email?
     
  5. sabrewings

    sabrewings Android Expert

    Mine has worked just fine in the dark.
     
  6. adrynalyne

    adrynalyne Android Expert

    Froyo is iffy with the trackpad.

    Are you stock or using a leaked rom?
     
  7. Ovy

    Ovy Well-Known Member

    who the hell even uses the optical track pad, and why! i suppose it makes a good clicker for the camera, but that's about it.
     
  8. adrynalyne

    adrynalyne Android Expert

    Thank you for your opinion.

    :)
     
  9. Colchicine

    Colchicine Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I'm running pure stock. I've observed this problem in other text entry areas other than email (Gmail).

    Ovy- the track pad has legitimate usefulness when needing to correct text that has already been entered.
     
  10. sabrewings

    sabrewings Android Expert

    This. Instead of trying to click repeatedly to get between the two proper letters, just shift over with the track pad.
     
  11. Kev13Dd

    Kev13Dd Newbie

  12. sabrewings

    sabrewings Android Expert

  13. Colchicine

    Colchicine Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Very interesting about the use of an infrared camera. If we assume that's what the Inc uses, what's the explanation for my trackpad not working intermittently?
     
  14. sabrewings

    sabrewings Android Expert

    I'd say a dirty lens, perhaps?
     
  15. Colchicine

    Colchicine Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Update:
    Since froyo, I've noticed an increase in sensitivity of the trackpad (almost to a fault). I have yet to have any issues with it not working at all. Must have been a software glitch.
     

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