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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ArtS, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. ArtS

    ArtS Lurker
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    Here's a strange one: My desktop screen will not rotate to horizontal UNLESS I put it into the charging dock. When I take it out of the dock, it flips back to vertical. Rotation works fine on most apps. I have the same problem with GPS Status app.

    Is this just me or is it a problem with Android or Bionic?

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  2. jbdan

    jbdan Extreme Android User

    Not a problem per se. Just the way it works. Home screen rotation isn't always the "norm" with Android.
  3. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    Yep ... all depends on how the dev writes the app/launcher. Most stock Android launchers don't rotate. Frankly, I like it. Even when I would flash custom ROMs that enable the feature, or use third-party launchers that could rotate, I would turn that feature OFF. IMO, it gets old.
  4. ArtS

    ArtS Lurker
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    Strange. How come it rotates to horizontal when it's in the charging dock?
  5. jbdan

    jbdan Extreme Android User

    Would be hard to read it if it didn't right? If your asking how does it know to rotate....I think it is through the use of a magnet in the charger to let the phone know, but don't quote me on that :)
  6. dguy

    dguy Android Expert

    As stated above, it is by design. This has nothing to do with the Bionic itself. Apps all give the developer the option of allowing rotation or not and choosing a default position of horizontal or vertical. Almost all(if not all) Android phones do not let you rotate the home screen unless it's in a dock or you pull out a slide out keyboard. There are launchers that let you rotate the home screen if you really want it though. I believe Launcher Pro lets you do this.
  7. UncleMike

    UncleMike Android Expert

    My big gripe right now is that the car dock app uses landscape orientation exclusively, even when the phone is in a portrait orientation. I'll likely be using a third party app for this reason alone.

    Why portrait orientation? Because when I'm driving, I don't care what's to the left or right, I want to see what's ahead. And with a 9x16 aspect ratio, portrait lets me see almost twice as far ahead.
  8. ArtS

    ArtS Lurker
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    It's interesting, my Xoom, which runs Honeycomb, does rotate the home screen and GPS status. There are a few apps designed for Android 2.x that don't rotate on either.

    As I said earlier, both apps rotate to horizontal in the charging app, so they obviously can. The fact that they don't rotate when off the dock implies that the programmer specifically blocks rotation when off the dock.
  9. Big_Baby

    Big_Baby Lurker

    I had this issue installed Launcher pro and it seemed to fix it. then i seen that i only had 1 page to each side of my home screen. I removed launcher pro and took all my icons and widgets off my last page east and west and auto rotate worked again but as soon as i put another icon up on the far west page auto rotate stopped once again.

    Hardware: Samsung galaxy s
    OS: Android 2.2.1
  10. welbinator

    welbinator Android Enthusiast

    I use Go Launcher. It's a lot like launcher pro (has scrollable icons at the bottom) and it gives me 5 home screens. Also, I used launcher pro for a long time, I thought you could add screens in the preferences? Maybe I'm wrong. Also, Go Launcher allows my home screens to rotate, and I can turn that function off if I wanted.
  11. billd

    billd Well-Known Member

    Auto-rotate worked on the home screen out of the box and for the first couple of days. Then it stopped. I removed the widgets I put on and it's back to stock, but auto-rotate still doesn't work from the home screen anymore.

    If it was by design, then why did it auto-rotate when I first got it? It's not by design. Something is broken.
  12. I have to ask ...

    Does he perhaps have Auto Rotate turned off ...

    Auto-rotate screen

    ... Thom
  13. billd

    billd Well-Known Member

    It was the first thing I checked. I even tried turning it off and on. Turning if off and exiting to the home screen and then going back and turning it on. No luck.
  14. Apparently some of the apps you care about do rotate ... correct?

    Can you identify some apps that don't rotate for you?

    As was mentioned by someone else ... rotating the screen is an option that the App Developer chooses. Many apps don't support it.

    ... Thom
  15. billd

    billd Well-Known Member

    The apps rotate. The home screen does not, except when docked. The home screen used to rotate.
  16. I have a dock for the Droid X. I do not have a dock for the Bionic.

    The home screen rotates if the Droid X is in the dock.

    The Bionic and Droid X do home screens do not rotate if they are not in the dock.

    I believe this was true on the Droid X prior to the Gingerbread upgrade.

    ... Thom
  17. DanDroide

    DanDroide Android Enthusiast

    I had the below posted in the 5 must have apps thread. I can over-ride apps and rotate (or not) the way I want:

  18. floridaman

    floridaman Newbie

    The homescreen does not rotate unless it is docked. I have a standard dock and when I place the phone in the dock the home screen rotates. If it isn't docked the home screen doesn't rotate. This is exactly how the phone was designed to work.
  19. billd

    billd Well-Known Member

    Then why didn't it work that way for the first two days that I had it?

    For the first two days, the home screen rotated. Your "by design" argument makes no sense.
  20. richphitzwell

    richphitzwell Well-Known Member

    I hated the stock so much i got car dock home. There are others in the market but you can set car dock home to the orientation you like.
  21. floridaman

    floridaman Newbie

    I am on my third Bionic and none of them had a rotating home screen. If you installed a launcher then some of them are capable of rotating the hime screen. If you are using the stock launcher the home screen doesn't rotate unless it is docked. If your home screen did rotate for two days then you have the only Bionic in the entire universe that did so.

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