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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by osli, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. osli

    osli Well-Known Member
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    Any Alps to enable the other direction?

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  2. kabbie_mcfeely

    kabbie_mcfeely Android Enthusiast

    That has been asked many times, I havent seen an answer.

    I think it would be a cool and sometimes usefull idea.
  3. kennyidaho

    kennyidaho Android Enthusiast

    Honestly it really pisses me off - if it rotated the other direction as well it would be so much more handy for me.
  4. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    It is because that us how the software is programmed. There are apps that USE both directions but I have not seen one that allows us to enable landscape mode on the right-hand side of the phone.
  5. osli

    osli Well-Known Member
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    Wow, kinda crazy. And I guess I should have searched better first... sorry. It wouldn't be such a big deal, except that at night I have it charging and I like to use it to browse and check mail and such in bed, and the cord is sort of short and I'm on the left side of the bed.... So I have to rotate the phone with the cord sticking out the right, and then making a sharp turn back across itself to the left. It's tight and makes me have to hold the phone over to the side just a bit; a little uncomfortable. Probably not the best thing for cord life either.

    Hopefully this is something that will be changed in a latter OS update - no good reason I can think of why it only goes one way. I actually like using the phone the way it rotates now with the hard buttons on the right, it's just the charging in bed thing that is annoying.
  6. lekky

    lekky Lover

    just unplug it while you use it, and charge before you sleep!
  7. osli

    osli Well-Known Member
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    But that's the point. Very often its about dead and the first chance I get to charge it is when i crawl in bed. So you're saying either charge it or use it, but I need to do both if I want to use it at all.
  8. dbpaddler

    dbpaddler Android Expert

    I use the digital clock app and it sits on my night stand 24/7. Yet it's on the right side bed stand so the charging cord doesn't cleanly come from behind. It sticks out the front and is just annoying. Small problem, but annoying none the less.
  9. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    No harm no foul. That's an east fix, push the S.O. to the other side of the bed!

    On a serious note, I'm right-handed and hold the phone with my right hand so it is natural for me to tilt it the way it is set up. I would bet that it wasn't even considered when it was being designed. Either that or i caused to many issues when people set their phone on a surface they thought was flat.
  10. mysticmead

    mysticmead Android Expert

    I'm new here.. but a simple workaround for this is to get an extension cord...

    it's not a fix because it would be nice if the screen rotated both ways.. however since it doesn't extending the cord is the easiest solution.
  11. osli

    osli Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Not a bad idea. I'd rather not extend the AC part of the cord though because I don't want the wall wart sitting in my lap in bed. I do have an old USB extender cable around somewhere... should work between the wart and the factory cable since that part is standard USB. I'll have to make sure one end isn't the square USB... I think they are both the flat part.

    Not ideal, but better than lying a little on my left shoulder the whole time!
  12. tdieckman

    tdieckman Newbie

    I'm actually glad that it doesn't flip automatically in one of the directions. Here's why:

    When I'm laying in bed and browsing the web, I don't want it to flip. I'm happy that I can lay on my right side and it doesn't flip or else I would have to shut off flipping and turn it back on when I get out of bed.

    Still, I think this should be customizable--instead of just having automatic flip on/off, there could be more options for always flip both or always flip either right or left or not at all. That does make it more complicated UI though, so is maybe why they just have current Android working the way it is now since it's obvious how it all works when you turn your phone around.
  13. cooolone2

    cooolone2 Android Enthusiast

    Just wanted to chime in here... with 85% of the populace being right handed the flip is designed to address the majority of users and the dominate hand used... its just the way it is! But, I'm sure... if enough people exhibit a desire for such a need, then sooner or later an app will appear to provide this function.
    Don't worry... be happy!

  14. osli

    osli Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Erm, that just seems stupid. I can't think of any good hardware or software reason why the flip couldn't have been enabled to go either way. At least, there shouldn't[/b] be any hardware reasons. I think it's more likely that they either (1) didn't think about it or (2) figured everyone in the world would always just flip it one way. Both are stupid. And I'm sure this will be fixed.
  15. mkhopper

    mkhopper Well-Known Member

    Bumping up an old thread based on what I saw last night on my Sprint Hero.

    My phone is running with the Fresh v1.0 ROM and I'm currently running Sweeterhome v2 beta.

    While in the threads list in Handcent, I was deleting a particularly long thread and apparently had the phone tilted over just enough so that the screen rotated clockwise.

    I couldn't believe it at first, but I wasn't seeing things. Sweeterhome force closed about 3 seconds later, causing the screen to rotate back to portrait.

    I've tried to make the phone do it again, but it won't cooperate. haha

    So it seems that it is possible to have the screen rotate to the right. We're just not allowed to do it for whatever reason.
  16. hood420

    hood420 Android Enthusiast

    I'm just bumping this thread up because I'm curious if there's anything new on this front. Any apps, or rooted roms that allow rotation in more than just two directions?
  17. kevanfl

    kevanfl Lurker

    I have been looking for an orientation app for the same reason :.. lm right handed but use left hand on phone
  18. dmm5157

    dmm5157 Android Enthusiast

    Just to let you know, I believe Android 2.1 will allow this (rotate either way).

    I loaded the first 2.1 Rom from Flipz and got it rotating all the way around either direction. My wife was excited when she saw this, as she has a Hero and always turns it the wrong way and gets frustrated when it doesn't rotate.
  19. pwabbit

    pwabbit Android Enthusiast

    Damage 1.0 doesn't flip in both directions but Fresh 2.0 did. I wonder why the difference? Does the Nexus rotate in both directions?
  20. dmm5157

    dmm5157 Android Enthusiast

    Flipz talks about this in some of his comments on his latest release of 2.0c (I believe). The orientation was one thing that wasn't working on the latest release. It was, however, working on the first release (the one without the camera working).

    I believe the Nexus and even the Droid rotate both ways.
  21. mattcoz

    mattcoz Member

    All the way around? So even upside down? That would be awesome if true.
  22. Scorp63

    Scorp63 Newbie

    Because it just doesn't.
  23. cooolone2

    cooolone2 Android Enthusiast

    I think phones south of the equator have screens that rotate in the opposite direction as does the water in toilet bowls.

    Hahahaha, anyone know someone in Buenos Aires that we can ask?


  24. aerajan

    aerajan Newbie

    Go to monoprice.com they have plenty of cables with various length for less than $2.
  25. mlblack16

    mlblack16 Well-Known Member

    Seems like the only app I've seen where the phone recognizes the flip in the opposite direction is the level app called "bubble."

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