Modern smartphones contain a wide variety of electronic sensors. We’re usually peripherally aware of some sensors.
For example, we can actively watch our phones monitoring lighting conditions in order to automatically adjust screen brightness.
Many people ask if smartphones are equipped with a temperature sensor (thermometer) to measure ambient and room temperature.
Although the answer is that smartphones contain temperature sensors for monitoring the internal heat of electronic components (CPU, battery etc), however they do not include an actual room temperature sensor meter.
So, how do smartphones measure room temperature? The answer is by mainly using GPS and Internet data.
However, some of the apps in the list below state that they use internal device sensors (such as battery’s temperature sensor) to measure indoor room temperature as well.
In the following article we will describe 10 Temperature Apps for Android devices that can measure room (indoors and outdoors) temperature and also a couple of apps that work as body temperature records (i.e to store your body temperature values in order to monitor the fluctuations of your body temperature).
The Body Temperature App is primarily focused on the concerns of people with medical problems.
We can use the app to record down your body’s temperature if you are worried about the flu or other illnesses.
But the app’s real strength comes from its ability to track, maintain and work with the body’s basal temperature throughout the day.
Temperature tracking makes it an ideal tool to monitor your temperature and ensure it doesn’t get either dangerously high or low.
And if your temperature does become worrisome then the app can even guide you to the nearest hospital based on your location.
Body Temperature App helps a lot to track the history of your body’s temperature in periods of fever (supports both Fahrenheit and Celsius).
As the app’s name suggests, Digital Thermometer For Room Temperature is designed to measure indoor temperatures. The app can be used outdoors as well.
However, the app uses local weather services to monitor outdoor temperatures.
The weather monitoring is more of a side feature when compared to the app’s primary focus on the indoors.
When the app is used inside it takes advantage of a phone’s integrated sensor and hygrometer to note multiple data points.
The app can measure a room’s temperature, humidity and even pressure. All of these features are used from a fairly straightforward and well thought out interface.
“Indoor Thermometer For Room Temperature Meter” is also primarily designed for indoor use but also measures outside temperature using location data.
It uses a phone’s internal sensors (according to the developer) to monitor a room’s temperature. But at the same time it’ll also use GPS and a data connection to get outdoor weather information from local weather services.
The app’s easy to use design is one of its most important features. The default view will emulate a standard analog thermometer’s display.
This makes it easy to gauge the temperature with little more than a quick glance at the app’s display.
Users can also switch to a slightly more advanced display that will show wind, the position of the sun, and other information from weather services.
Thermometer++ is one of the best options for showing outdoors temperature. The app forgoes reliance on built-in sensors and instead ties into local weather services and location data.
This means that it won’t give an accurate readout of indoor temperatures. But it will provide an elegant and easy to read view of what’s going on outside.
The app displays the current outdoor temperature in two different ways on its main display.
The left side of the app simulates an analog thermometer. While the right side of the app displays the temperature in a large and easy to read font.
Thermometer also forgoes use of built-in sensors. However, it doesn’t simply grab data from a local weather service either.
It will instead use a special algorithm to work with multiple weather services at the same time.
This helps to ensure that temperature data isn’t influenced by outlier data. For example, a standard query to weather services would only use a single station and use that single data point to determine the temperature.
By using multiple stations the app can look for geographic variation in temperature and better estimate what someone would experience as the move away from one station and closer to another.
The app also provides multiple graphical themes. This ensures people can see temperature data in a way that fits their particular needs.
The themes can be as abstract as a cartoon frog holding a sign with the current temperature. Or one can go for less cluttered themes which simply present a numerical readout in large and easy to read fonts.
Weather station provides a rare combination of different methodologies to provide outdoor weather, humidity and barometric pressure.
The barometric pressure information is provided through a phone’s internal pressure sensor (only if available on your phone’s model).
All other information comes from information provided over the data network from local weather stations.
The app’s stylish presentation is a treat for the eyes. The user interface is styled after a traditional analog weather station.
The sepia tone and analog mimicking bars hanker back to what sea captains of old might have felt when gazing at their own gauges.
Most of the app’s functionality is present without any extra charge. However, a premium upgrade will provide data on the sun’s position, wind and weather forecasts.
“Room Temperature Thermometer – Meter” gives users the ability to measure both indoor and outdoor temperatures.
The app uses various methods (heat sensor according to the developer) to give an estimate of indoor room temperature.
The outdoor temperature and weather information is provided by local weather stations.
The app offers a clean and easy to understand user interface. The top of the app’s display is devoted to indoor temperatures.
And the bottom of the app’s display shows both the temperature and weather outdoors. Both elements are presented with a large and easy to read font.
This app uses integrated sensors to provide information about indoor temperature and humidity. The current outdoor temperature is provided by local weather stations. The app also provides a unique and distinctive user interface.
The current temperature is displayed by highlighting elements in a wheel. This makes it especially easy to get an idea of how hot or cold it is with a single glance. Though this layout also features a standard numerical reading.
“Thermometer – Indoor & Outdoor Temperature” also puts a heavy emphasis on ease of use.
The app’s thermostat uses built-in sensors to provide information about the current temperature. This includes both indoor and outdoor use.
The app states that you will need to calibrate and fine-tune the reading by using a precise external analog thermometer.
The app uses additional data from the sensors to determine how other environmental factors might change someone’s subjective feeling of how hot or cold it is.
That might sound like a lot of information to keep track of. But the app simplifies all that information into an easy to read display.
Users will simply see a large readout of the current temperature and whether others conditions might make it feel hotter or colder.
10) Room Temperature
Despite the app’s name, Room Temperature provides information about both outdoor and indoor spaces.
The app uses a combination of bult-in hardware sensors (such as phone’s battery sensor) for indoor use and access to weather stations for the outdoors.
The app’s design also puts a heavy emphasis on user friendliness. Temperatures are displayed in an easy to read and uncluttered screen layout.
Outdoor temperatures can be automatically detected based on the user’s location.
Or you can manually enter specific areas to find out what the weather’s like without using GPS. In addition, the app will also provide information about the phone’s battery and charge status.