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Accelerometers?

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones & Tablets' started by PermaBanned, 9 Apr 2010.

  1. PermaBanned

    Capodecina

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    Why do they only rotate the screen two ways?
     
  2. Skully

    Sgarrista

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    They don't.
     
  3. PermaBanned

    Capodecina

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    Indeed, so why is the software only programmed to utilize them to rotate the display two ways?
     
  4. BF-Bert

    Wise Guy

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    because theres only 2 usable orientations.... portrait and landscape
     
  5. asim18

    Capodecina

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    I think he means all four directions. 0°, 90° 180° and 270°.

    Most phones only rotate the GUI in two directions; 0° and either 90° or 270°.

    Windows Mobile, lets you do three directions I think.
     
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  6. BF-Bert

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    iphone does 3 directions
     
  7. PermaBanned

    Capodecina

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    Spot on, it would be far mre practical to just be able to pick it up or take it out of you pocket without having to orientate it properly. Especially for just checking the time or something, which could easily be implimented with the technology available. For more 'proper' use it might be an idea to have a more symetrical design, but maybe a proof of concept app first...
     
  8. BF-Bert

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    I would imagine that since controls are usually at one end of the phone only 1 portrait view is required and the 2 landscape views are there for right and left handed operation
     
  9. Amp34

    Caporegime

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    Windows Mobile allows you to do it in all four directions depending on the program running.

    It's odd reading a webpage with an upside down phone though!:p