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Option to lock auto rotation is missing [released]

asked 2014-02-01 10:25:52 +0300

akira.pwr gravatar image

updated 2014-03-11 17:01:38 +0300

bijjal gravatar image

It's boring when the screen rotate in some situation, like when I'm in bed, and I have to keep my phone in strange way to maintain the screen like I want, we need a toggle to lock rotation, don't you agree?

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The question has been closed for the following reason "released in a software update" by molan
close date 2014-09-24 15:25:18.361390


To me it would suffice if the screen only rotated 90 degrees. For the time being I'm unable to figure out the point of the 180 degree rotation it currently uses.

In any case, the browser is currently unusable while lying which I hope will be addressed by Jolla.

fercen ( 2014-02-01 11:14:08 +0300 )edit

In other phones it would make some sense given that you could choose on which side of the screen the buttons are, but Jolla doesn't have any so there's little difference between tilting the phone left or right. It could just fine compensate the rotation in only one side.

fercen ( 2014-02-01 11:50:04 +0300 )edit

I would like this option in the pulley menu for all applications..

JS ( 2014-02-02 18:22:54 +0300 )edit

I don't think pulley menu is the place for global features like this. They tend to get crowded enough as it is. We still have plenty of gestures available, though.

fercen ( 2014-02-02 18:29:21 +0300 )edit

This is a big one for me. It was actually a pleasant surprise when I first got my Jolla that it (for the most part) didn't support landscape, as I never had to worry about it auto-rotating. Now that auto-rotating is a thing... I'd love to be able to turn this off.

FunkTrooper ( 2014-02-02 21:28:09 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-02-04 02:21:57 +0300

chemist gravatar image

updated 2014-02-04 02:24:58 +0300

Let Settings have a new item under System->Look and feel ->

  • Orientation
    • [rotate | portrait | landscape]

always add a return to defaults to the pulley-menu (for people not knowing what default was)

also see for https://together.jolla.com/question/23231/setting-gesture-orientation-lock/

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Do you mean display instead of look and feel?

jukey ( 2014-02-07 09:43:23 +0300 )edit

@jukey no I mean Look and feel but it could be well under display but why cluster it?

chemist ( 2014-02-18 12:37:22 +0300 )edit

@chemist I totally agree. I was not aware that 'look and feel' is a category and not a menu item. So I would be fine with your proposal.

jukey ( 2014-02-18 14:16:03 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-02-18 20:11:38 +0300

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updated 2014-02-18 22:49:24 +0300

A quick, easy and always available way: A toggle in the Events screen. I know that the Events screen isn't used for any settings right now so this would change its nature a bit, but still: It's the one place you can always reach with one gesture and thus the most natural place for a toggle like this.

(...and maybe others, too.)

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answered 2014-02-24 23:41:08 +0300

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updated 2014-02-24 23:56:59 +0300

Looks like something close to want you were asking for is coming with the next update:

OS version, Settings -> Display -> Orientation ("If you want to disable orientation switching temporarily, select the Dynamic option and keep your finger on the screen while turning the device")

See video at 1:34 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0UrUNIruGI

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this doesn't look like a good solution to me, as my orientation often gets switched when i'm not even actively moving the device. In some cases even the centrifugal acceleration in busses or cars triggers an orientation switch. The other way round could work for me tough.

wirew0rm ( 2014-02-25 03:28:49 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-02-05 01:18:24 +0300

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updated 2014-02-18 19:59:10 +0300

There are many rotation-lock apps on Android, despite Android having options for landscape and portrait lock in the settings. Primarily this is to make rotation lock faster to access than the time it takes to dig through the settings to change between manual portrait, manual landscape, and auto-rotation. It goes to show how quickly the rotation lock needs to be available.

I would like to suggest a minimalistic solution: A "rotate to here" gesture, directly accessible from within any application. You set rotation mode to manual in the settings, turning off all auto-rotation. This enables a quickly accessible gesture that immediately rotates the screen to the current orientation of the phone and re-locks it there whenever the gesture is used.

The gesture could be anything, a button would suit the Android paradigm. For the Jolla, perhaps you draw a down-pointing "V" on the screen?

This would simplify the setting too, you only have two options: manual and auto-rotate, so you could reduce it to a check-box for "Auto-rotate" on or off.

This has already been posted as a question (URL below), but I am closing it, so we collect all answers here.


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I agree, a new gesture would be cool. I'm thinking about a two-finger swype from any side to lock/unlock the orientation this way

Xowap ( 2014-03-04 04:23:38 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-03-15 19:21:43 +0300

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updated 2014-03-15 19:23:28 +0300

@Neo has found an indication that there will be an auto-rotation lock in version 1.0 of Sailfish, yay! (See video at 1:34 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0UrUNIruGI )

There will apparently be a function to temporarily disable screen auto-rotation, by holding a finger on the screen when rotating the phone to keep rotation locked during that particular turn. The solution is great for many cases, but I would like to see something more:

I would like the opposite behavior too: If you set the phone to non-dynamic rotation (i.e. turn off auto-rotation), I would like to have a temporary rotation turned on when you hold the finger to the screen during the turn.

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