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More of a status update than an answer: Jelly Bean 4.1.2 allows a landscape rotation on small screens. I previously had the same experience (accidentally changed the rotation but could not reproduce it) -- I received the system update yesterday and was pleasantly surprised after the reboot :-)


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It's possible to override the default screen orientation by disabling accelerometer rotation and setting user rotation in the system settings database. The phone/tablet needs to be rooted to do this. The change is applied after the phone/tablet is rebooted. On the console: su sqlite3 /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases/settings.db insert ...


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You can go to Settings > Display and then un-check Auto-Rotate. Since that's rather inconvenient, I installed an app called Power Toggles which makes it possible to force lock the screen orientation to landscape or portrait from the notification bar very easily. I particularly liked this app since its very lightweight, only about 248kb. It also makes it ...


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There is a way but not an easy way. You can use keyboards like Null keyboard. A keyboard that does nothing. Yes, really. This keyboard is useful if you have an external bluetooth keyboard paired with your phone and you want to stop the on-screen keyboard from popping up all the time. The problem is every time you change mode you have to change the ...


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Rotation Locker says that it supports this: Lock your screen's rotation in Landscape, Portrait or Auto. When you launch the app, you're faced with these three options. For doing this quickly, it does also include a widget to lock whatever your current orientation is: A widget is provided so you can lock into whatever your current ...


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With a combination of Tasker and Rotation Locker you can keep your auto-rotation off but create a profile that sets the orientation for certain apps.


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I don't think you can do it via adb, but you can programmatically change the orientation using.setRequestedOrientation(ActivityInfo.SCREEN_ORIENTATION_LANDSCAPE); You could link this up to a timer that would change the orientation every five minutes if that's what you want to do, or write it into unit tests to automatically check if everything goes ok when ...


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The auto-rotate setting is just that, automatic. When it is disabled, the device doesn't always use a single screen orientation, but uses whatever orientation is active when entering an application, until that app is closed. At least, this is trite for phones, i have little experience with tablets, but I expect it would be the same. If it is, just make sure ...


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This feature is cooked into the ROM, itself, so it will be entirely dependent on what the chef cooked into the ROM. You can find ROMs such as CM9 and AOKP that have various options for the volume rocker--- but forcing the rockers to stay static on devices like this where it changes is not one I've ever seen.



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