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If you try to create something using the compass, the values returned by the SensorManager fluctuate between the correct value and 0.
This can be seen in ApiDemo->Graphics->Compass or MapsDemo->With Compass.
This is a regression since 1.9.2.
I fixed this by changing ApiDemo to use the currently recommended sensor APIs. It was using deprecated APIs.
I did not dig, but a possible cause of this regression was that using SensorType.Orientation may have been the incorrect value for an Orientation sensor.