Sony Xperia XA2 magnetic compass?

asked 2019-08-12 13:13:07 +0300

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I have long used my Sailfish phones for geocaching, and c:geo works very well in this environment, you can even get the Finnish national survey maps into it offline as a large binary blob.

My former AquaFish had no magnetic compass (which could be helpful, if not essential) although Sailfish seemed to indicate to c:geo there was one. I've now switched over to a Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra and am happy with the results. Unfortunately, c:geo still doesn't understand the Ultra's magnetic compass: it is also indicated as present but doesn't seem to give any useful readings.

What is the situation, doesn't Sailfish know how to use the XA2 magnetometer chip or what?

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Don't know about XA2 but have you tested compass with CSD tool and with a compass app?

Pohli ( 2019-08-13 12:42:16 +0300 )edit

Testing the compass using the csd tool gives me a fail on the compass sensor test: repeated attempts of waving the device around in a figure-eight does not seem to calibrate the sensor (messages are "Pass calibration level: 1 / Current calibration level: 0.333333 / Fail"). Trying Jussi Vuorisalmi's Orienteering Compass 1.0.1 from the Jolla store also gives the maximum calibration 33% (as he warns) but does not point north with any reliability. What now?

ExTechOp ( 2019-08-17 11:11:23 +0300 )edit