This sample shows how to use the Windows.Devices.Sensors.SimpleOrientationSensor API.

Note  This sample was created using one of the universal app templates available in Visual Studio. It shows how its solution is structured so it can run on both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. For more info about how to build apps that target Windows and Windows Phone with Visual Studio, see Build apps that target Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 by using Visual Studio.

This sample allows the user to view the current device orientation with respect to one of four quadrants:

You can choose one of two scenarios:

Orientation change events

When you click the Enable button for the Orientation change events option, the app begins streaming sensor readings in real time.

Current device orientation

When you click the Get button for the Current device orientation option, the app retrieves the most recent sensor reading.

To obtain an evaluation copy of Windows 8.1, go to Windows 8.1.

To obtain an evaluation copy of Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, go to Microsoft Visual Studio 2013.

Note  For Windows 8 app samples, download the Windows 8 app samples pack. The samples in the Windows 8 app samples pack will build and run only on Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.

Related topics

Windows.Devices.Sensors namespace
Windows 8 app samples

Operating system requirements

Client
Windows 8.1
Server
None supported
Phone
Windows Phone 8.1

Build the sample

  1. Start Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 and select File > Open > Project/Solution.
  2. Go to the directory to which you unzipped the sample. Then go to the subdirectory containing the sample in the language you desire - either C++, C#, JavaScript, or Visual Basic. Double-click the Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 Solution (.sln) file.
  3. Select either the Windows or Windows Phone project version of the sample. Press Ctrl+Shift+B, or select Build > Build Solution.

Run the sample

The next steps depend on whether you just want to deploy the sample or you want to both deploy and run it.

Deploying the sample

  1. Select either the Windows or Windows Phone project version of the sample.
  2. Select Build > Deploy Solution.

Deploying and running the sample

  1. Right-click either the Windows or Windows Phone project version of the sample in Solution Explorer and select Set as StartUp Project.
  2. To debug the sample and then run it, press F5 or select Debug > Start Debugging. To run the sample without debugging, press Ctrl+F5 or selectDebug > Start Without Debugging.