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Another welcome feature uncovered by many of you in Android 2.2 is the ability to work in apps through 270 degrees of rotation. That is, if you turn the phone to the landscape position to the left, it'll rotate. And it'll rotate to the right now, as well.

But, wait, there's more. The car app has gotten smarter. So when you're using the car dock and need to pull up a contact, you don't have to turn the phone back to portrait (or worse, tilt your head) just to find whom you're looking for. We'd prefer that the home screen rotate, too, but custom Froyo ROMs will take care of that soon enough.

(Thanks, Mike B! Though try to turn your caps lock off, m'kay? :) Find a cool new feature in Froyo and want to tell the world about it? E-mail us here and we'll make you famous!)


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Froyo Feature: Android 2.2 screen rotation


Who really cares? I know smoothness and prettiness matters (not being sarcastic either - I do agree that it matters) but this is such a small thing that I don't see anything wrong with how the phone rotates.

I am glad that on Android you can disable the autorotate, something I don't think you can do on the iPhone.

I was always able to go landscape in the Gmail App with my Incredible... So is that attributed to Sense? Or is being able to go landscape in either direction the big to do?

I think I'm going to have to stop coming here until next Friday when I have my own Adroid device. And even after that I am going to have to stop reading about Froyo. Life is bliss when you don't know what you are missing.

Actually, I've been able to do that on my Droid (without sliding the screen) on stock 2.1 and maybe even 2.0.1 I can't remember.

Most apps will switch if you rotate to the left but it stays in portrait if you try to rotate to the right. Froyo is just doing what has been built into roms like Cyanogen mod except those roms offer full 360deg rotation and the launcher also rotates. Under Orientation in the Sound & Display settings, CM has options for no rotation, normal left only rotation, left and right rotation and full 360.

Does this mean we have to wait till Gingerbread comes out before the screen can rotate a full 360?

I'm one of those quirky types who likes to hold his phone upside down.

i like landscape on phones, however it can get really really annoying at times! sometimes it's so sensitive you don't know how the hell it manages to do it! lol! sometimes i hate it!

I think the lack of rotation is going to take a while to get used to in moving from the BlackBerry Storm to Android. I'm used to holding the Storm in portrait orientation most of the time, and everything rotates.

This is a new feature? My Cliq XT already does this. It already supports the remote-wipe feature on Exchange too.

Maybe I should stop complaining about MOTOBLUR on 1.5.


I am lost...how does it have 270 degrees of rotation? Can you rotate it 3/4 of a turn and have it display correctly while upside down (but only if you rotate to the left)? Isn't landscape to landscape rotation only 180 degrees?

Prior to Froyo didn't it have 90 degrees of rotation (I could lie on my right side and read the phone in portrait). Adding rotation to the other side is just 90 more....right?

It feels more natural for the buttons to be controlled by my left thumb, so this is a welcomed feature. Currently I keep orientation turned off bc I rarely use it anymore, but still, a welcomed improvement for those of us that like left thumb navigation.

I do not need to wait for Android 2.2 (Froyo) to do that. I can already so this with my Captivate running Android 2.1 (Eclair).