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PhoneGap 4 Mobile Application Development Cookbook by Zainul Setyo Pamungkas

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Detecting device movement using the accelerometer

The accelerometer captures device motion in the x, y, and z axis direction. The accelerometer is a motion sensor that detects change (delta) in movement relative to the orientation of the current device.

How to do it…

We will use the accelerometer functionality from the plugins to monitor the feedback from the device:

  1. First, create a new PhoneGap project named accelerometer. Open Terminal or Command Prompt and run the following command:
    phonegap create accelerometer com.myapp.accelerometer accelerometer
    
  2. Add the device's platform. You can choose to use Android, iOS, or both:
    cordova platform add ios
    cordova platform add android
    
  3. Add the device-motion plugin by running the following command:
    phonegap ...

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