In the phrase "On devices sporting the needed sensor, heart activity can be sampled," the word "sporting" obviously means "equipped." But in which cases the word "sporting" could substitute "equipped"?
When "sporting" is substituted for "equipped," I see it most often used in product advertisements or reviews. You might see something like "Renault's latest car model is sporting a heated steering wheel" as that would be an uncommon and notable feature. However, it would be highly unlikely that someone would write "Renault's latest car model is sporting a steering wheel" even though it's technically true.
- Samsung's Galaxy A7, sporting a three camera setup at the back...
- Kawasaki Ninja H2, sporting a 998cc inline-four-cylinder and the first supercharger on a production motorcycle...
- Raspberry Pi 4 vs Raspberry Pi 3, The new model sports four USB ports, with two of them sporting USB 3.0. This is a notable upgrade over the last model, which only featured four USB 2.0 ports.
In the case of a heartbeat sensor, that is still something that is uncommon on a phone, and not always present on a smart watch. It's much more common on a fitness watch but it's still feature you would have to specifically look for on any given model.