Add rotation-lock by a "rotate to here" gesture, accessible from all apps [duplicate]

asked 2014-02-05 01:30:15 +0300

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updated 2014-07-12 02:58:28 +0300

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There are a few rotation-lock questions already submitted, but I would like to propose a specific solution to the problem.

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. It goes to show how quickly the rotation lock needs to be available.

I would like to suggest an elegant option: 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?

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The question has been closed for the following reason "duplicate question" by 00prometheus
close date 2014-02-18 19:04:16.801160



i prefer a gesture to lock rotation rather than a gesture to rotate. so the phone automatically rotates by default but you can use a gesture to lock and unlock auto rotate. but that introduces another issue - a visual indicator needed to let you know the lock status.

droll ( 2014-02-05 01:44:55 +0300 )edit

That is actually the solution in rotation-lock apps on Android (all of them AFAIK), however it means that you need to make two gestures to change your lock: First unlock, then turn your phone and wait for the rotate to happen, then re-lock. I find it a bit of a bother when reading in bed. I am not saying that we shouldn't have that option too, if you like, all I am asking for is that my suggestion is included as a setting as well. The gesture for your "lock/unlock", and my "rotate to here" could be the same, it's just the setting that decides what the gesture does.

00prometheus ( 2014-02-05 01:54:16 +0300 )edit

How about using one of the sensors for invoking a rotation lock.. f.i. a double shake or covering the proximity sensor

teun ( 2014-02-05 09:52:26 +0300 )edit

@00prometheus agree with you. i am not a heavy android user (never used rotation lock, can you believe it? :P).

droll ( 2014-02-05 10:15:58 +0300 )edit

@teun: Double shake might be right, I find myself shaking Androids all the time when I think the rotation doesn't happen fast enough :-)

00prometheus ( 2014-02-06 02:15:09 +0300 )edit