Access relative and absolute orientation sensors from Chrome for Android for Virtual and Augmented Reality

Summarized this feature includes the following changes/additions: - make 'deviceorientation' relative by default -- now compatible with Safari on iOS, -- better usability (no drift) for VR applications, -- not reliant on magnetometer hence no interference in the presence of magnetic fields. - add dedicated 'deviceorientationabsolute' event for AR applications.


'deviceorientationabsolute' events have been added to accommodate developers requiring absolute orientation e.g. for AR applications. To the best of our knowledge this event has not shipped in other browsers.




Public discussion

Status in Chromium


Enabled by default (tracking bug) in:

  • Chrome for desktop release 50
  • Chrome for Android release 50
  • Android WebView release 50

Consensus & Standardization

  • No public signals
  • No public signals
  • Shipped
  • Positive


Last updated on 2017-06-14