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[Guide] Use stock Launcher with rotation

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27th July 2012, 08:07 PM   |  #1  
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I have tried some of the custom launchers from the store but was not that impressed with them. I still like the performance of the stock launcher but I just wanted it to rotate the home screen and allow portrait or landscape mode.

Well I found out you can do just that.

You need to be rooted to do this. I am using a fully stock Nexus 7 just adding Root to it. Follow the other guides on how to do this.

Note: NEW info...

Just add the following line to the file "local.prop" located at "/data/local.prop"
If this file is missing, just create a new one. You DO need to be rooted to create or edit this file.
Use ES File Explorer, turn on Root Explorer and Mount File System in the settings.

Navigate to the folder "/data/"
Press Menu, New, File, then name it "local.prop" (without the double quotes).

Add the following line to it in the editor...
Code:
launcher.force_enable_rotation=true
Also change to Tablet UI
If you want the full tablet UI just add the following line also to this file:
Code:
qemu.sf.lcd_density=160
The qemu.sf.lcd_density overrides the setting ro.sf.lcd_density in the "build.prop" file.

Then reboot your device.




Old method
Note, this method makes it more difficult on re-installs and OTA upgrades, because typically the build.prop file is upgraded or overwritten each time also. The new method above is retained as long as you do not wipe data.

All you have to do is edit your "build.prop" file located at "/system/build.prop"
I used ES File Explorer to edit this file, just turn on Root Explorer and Mount File System in the settings.

Just add the following line at the end:

Code:
launcher.force_enable_rotation=true
Then reboot your device.

That's it! Hope this helps others.
Last edited by ejohnson0547; 6th August 2012 at 05:23 PM. Reason: Added new local.prop method
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27th July 2012, 08:25 PM   |  #2  
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Confirmed :P
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Originally Posted by ejohnson0547

I have tried some of the custom launchers from the store but was not that impressed with them. I still like the performance of the stock launcher but I just wanted it to rotate the home screen and allow portrait or landscape mode.

Well I found out you can do just that.

You need to be rooted to do this. I am using a fully stock Nexus 7 just adding Root to it. Follow the other guides on how to do this.

All you have to do is edit your "build.prop" file located at "/system/build.prop"
I used ES File Explorer to edit this file, just turn on Root Explorer and Mount File System in the settings.

Just add the following line at the end:

Code:
launcher.force_enable_rotation=true

That's it! Hope this helps others.

AWESOME!!! When I first did it, the rotation seemed a little hiccupy. Apps in the bottom disappeared and took a few seconds to reappear, but now its working fine. How do you figure this stuff out??

Edit: The play store doesn't really seem to like it now. Keeps acting weird. It wouldn't let me go anywhere else in the store while an app was downloading. Now that the download has stopped, its not glitching out anymore. I am trying to download another app, and while its downloading, it goes back to the earlier app that I was downloading and stays there. The screen is almost pulsating. Its hard to describe.

Second Edit: I force-stopped the play store and google play services, then rebooted. The glitch with the play store is now gone. But when I rotate from portrait to landscape then back to portrait, the apps disappear for a few seconds again and then reappear. Just an FYI.

Third Edit: Lock screen doesn't rotate.
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28th July 2012, 01:26 AM   |  #4  
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It does work! Only thing is the bar on the left side that the icons pass through.

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28th July 2012, 04:51 AM   |  #5  
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Works fine on liquidsmooth alpha 6

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28th July 2012, 05:44 AM   |  #6  
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Works fine on liquidsmooth alpha 6

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I didnt know Liquidsmooth builds were released gonna have to grab a D/L
28th July 2012, 06:00 AM   |  #7  
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awesome. thank you.

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Originally Posted by adamhlj

AWESOME!!! When I first did it, the rotation seemed a little hiccupy. Apps in the bottom disappeared and took a few seconds to reappear, but now its working fine. How do you figure this stuff out??

Edit: The play store doesn't really seem to like it now. Keeps acting weird. It wouldn't let me go anywhere else in the store while an app was downloading. Now that the download has stopped, its not glitching out anymore. I am trying to download another app, and while its downloading, it goes back to the earlier app that I was downloading and stays there. The screen is almost pulsating. Its hard to describe.

Second Edit: I force-stopped the play store and google play services, then rebooted. The glitch with the play store is now gone. But when I rotate from portrait to landscape then back to portrait, the apps disappear for a few seconds again and then reappear. Just an FYI.

Third Edit: Lock screen doesn't rotate.

the lock screen appears to rotate for me...
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awesome. thank you.

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the lock screen appears to rotate for me...

Screenshot?

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Screenshot?

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although... i'm not running the stock rom, i'm running an AOSP rom. so that might be why.
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Appears to be working perfect on CM10, thanks!

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