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Hidden portrait mode on Nokia N900

8 July 2010Entry by

As you can see in article about auto-rotating homescreen widget, from few days ago, some developers are already thinking of automatic portrait mode for Nokia N900. It appears that system developers have also thought about it on wider scale than it is available right now.

Some time ago, when N900 firmware was in it’s early stage there was a bug that allowed to enable portrait mode. I’ve never tried it to be honest, quickly opening and closing application when sliding the keyboard at the time, I just thought it’s too tricky.

Now there is possibility to enable portrait mode and automatic rotation in most of the applications by pressing Ctrl+Shift+R. When you do this, you can see application rotation when you have keyboard closed and rotate the phone, but the effect is still not perfect, I’d even say it’s far far away from perfect. For example contact list looks pretty good, but when you open a contact card it goes back to landscape and you need to press key combination again. Some apps just doesn’t look good in portrait, like conversations are truncated, media player looks more like messed puzzles. Some of the applications may even become completely unusable, because touchscreen mapping will not work in new orientation.

So if it does not actually work why to even mention it? I think that leaving this kind o functionality inside Nokia N900 is like telling us ‘this is proof o portrait mode concept, it can be done and we’re working on it, but still need some time’. At least I hope it’s like that.



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