Using the Google Nexus 5 On-Board Pedometer

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nexus5bThe Google Nexus 5 smartphone has been well received in the mobile marketplace. The bestselling phone delivers one of the fastest processors ever found on a mobile handset, a large display with possibly the highest pixel density ever seen on a smartphone, and the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system out-of-the-box. But the Google Nexus 5 also delivers an onboard pedometer, to help you track your fitness levels and keep in shape. Follow the steps below and you can use your powerful smartphone as a daily health-booster.

Google has teamed up with LG to create the Nexus 5, and onboard the powerful and versatile handset is a pedometer to track your movements. Generally, applications made to offer pedometer-like capabilities have not been very accurate on smartphones. They also have been known in the past to drain your phone battery quickly, but the pedometer on board the Google Nexus 5 delivers much better accuracy and also is very stingy with its battery consumption. Google’s built-in step counting technology can keep track of your movements when you are running or walking during exercise, moving upstairs or simply walking around the office.

First off, head over to the Google Play Store and download “Moves”. This free application is required to access the built-in pedometer capabilities of the Google Nexus 5, and after you have downloaded and it is in place, simply open it. You will then want to tap the OK button in your pop-up box which tells Moves to automatically begin tracking your activity throughout the day. You can also customize the experience by entering Settings to change units of measure and to enable or disable any notifications.

Now comes the easiest part. Simply start moving. The Google Nexus 5 pedometer will use the Moves application to begin automatically tracking your activity, providing you with daily reports of your movements. Aside from performing as an effective fitness tool, the Google Nexus 5 also delivers a large 5.0 inch Full HD display on which to view your pedometer readout. The extremely high pixel density runs 445 pixels per inch, delivering 16 million colors over the capacitive, multitouch screen.

The phone also gives support for fluid gaming and video viewing thanks to 2.0 GB of RAM memory and a quad core Snapdragon 800 central processor which has been clocked as fast as 2.3 GHz. All of this versatile power comes in a slim (8.59 mm or 0.34 inches thick) profile, and the handset is light in weight compared to other 5-inchers, weighing in at just 4.59 ounces (130 g). Gorilla Glass 3 scratch resistance is on board, as is a rear facing 8.0 megapixel camera which can operate in dual recording mode with the front facing 1.3 megapixel chat cam. Wireless charging is built-in, with the handset’s battery providing up to 17.0 hours of talk time after a full charge.

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