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Ultimate Rotation Control: Forcing landscape mode in Nexus 7 homescreen and apps

Learn all the ways to switch rotation on your device
August 15, 2012

The Google Nexus 7 is the first Nexus tablet ever made. However, the lack of landscape orientation for the homescreen and in some apps makes it feel less of a tablet. Usually, most tablets feature a landscape orientation to utilize the tablet’s wider screen. Although made as a tablet, the Nexus 7 doesn’t rotate into landscape mode while on the homescreen. Some apps even restrict their main screens to display only in portrait.

To solve this problem, you may ask the help of third-party apps that allow you to control the screen orientation on your Android device. One of those apps is Ultimate Rotation Control. This app overrides the default orientation settings and allows you to control the orientation of your device’s screen. You can even set a specific orientation for specific apps such as your device’s app launcher or the web browser.


Launching the app will take you directly to its Settings menu. Here, you can change the screen orientation on your Android device. The app offers various screen orientations such as Auto, Forced Auto, Lock Current, Auto Portrait, Portrait, Landscape, Reverse Landscape, and Manual. Tapping one will automatically change the orientation of your screen. Try out these orientations and set it on your Android device.

Once activated, the Ultimate Rotation Control icon will appear on your status bar. The currently active orientation will also appear on the notification menu. Here you can view the current orientation and quickly tap on it to change the orientation. Along with the current orientation, you can also view the orientation shortcuts. Just tap on a shortcut and your screen orientation will automatically change. You can change the orientation shortcuts displayed by going to the settings menu.

The app also allows you to add widgets on your home screen. You can add a bar of the shortcuts that you had set in the Settings menu. You can even add a widget that lets you view the list of screen orientations or place a 1×1 widget with a specific screen orientation.

The app also allows you to set a unique orientation for an individual app. You can enable this feature by going to the app’s settings menu. This feature will allow you to set a specific orientation to an app so it can automatically rotate the screen when launching an app. You can set your browser app to rotate to landscape or reverse landscape. You can even set a specific orientation for your device’s stock app launcher. This feature is applicable to HTC Sense 4 phones (HTC One S and HTC One X), the Samsung Galaxy S3’s TouchWiz, and the Google Nexus 7’s launcher. With this app, you can start appreciating your Nexus 7 as a tablet with its homescreen’s landscape orientation.

The 7-day free trial version of Ultimate Rotation Control app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. When the trial expires, you will need to purchase a license to continue using the app.


Have you tried using this app on your Nexus 7? What can you say about the app’s capabilities? What other Android apps do you use that allows you to rotate your Android device’s homescreen?