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What is this dot? Is it a light?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ReasonableMan, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. ReasonableMan

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    My friend asked me if the HTC Desire (we both that just got ours, and I've spent a significant amount of time hacking around with it, he not so much), like the iPhone 4, had a front facing camera. I thought he was crazy and asked why he thought that, and he said "well what is this dot here?". Well it's definitely not a camera, but there is in fact a little dot that is very hard to see near the top of the face, opposite to the battery charge indicator. I suspect it's an indicator light for something. But what? I cannot make it light up.

    I've attached a picture showing where the dot is. Hold yours up in the light and you'll see it eventually. Anyone have any clue what it's for?

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  2. Phenomenological

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    Proximity sensor. Shuts the screen off when you make a phone call and bring the phone to your ear.
     
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    Can't see it on mine, but the position you describe is roughly where the proximity detector is. Could that be what you are seeing?
     
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    Ha! never noticed it before, I always wondered how the proximity sensor worked!
     
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    I ordered an official HTC Desire screen protector from fleabay and it acualy has a small square cut out for the proximity sensor on the left and for small hole for the LED notification on the right.
     
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    Ah, nice, I just sent away for the InvisibleSHIELD for HTC Desire... hope it has a similar hole, or that the sensor still works through the screen.
     
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    The light sensor is up there as well. Thats what controls the brightness on auto brightness
     
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    You might want to change the pic unless your mates really want their phone numbers published on the Internet :D
     
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    With the copyright on there I doubt its the OP's phone
     
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    I knew that :eek: :D
     
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    That also answered my question - Was wondering if his username was a cunning ploy, or he just had a slightly effeminate hand. :p
     
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    I cannot seem to find this at all on mine?
     
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    Its barely visible, you have to catch it just right. Dont worry about it though, you have one.;)
     
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    The screen protector doesn't need a cut out for the proximity sensor to still work.
     
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    Excellent! I've been wondering how those things worked. They both function just fine with a protector over the top for anyone wondering :)
     
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    It doesn't but it still works perfectly!
     
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    Yep, if you look really carefully, you can just see it - right next to the prox. sensor.
     
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