Motorola Droid :: Landscape Mode While Physical Keyboard Stored?
Nov 11, 2009
I cant get the browser to automatically change orientation as I change my phone's orientation. The only time it goes into landscape mode is if I pull out the physical keyboard. Note that I don't want to select The option to always force landscape mode.
When opening the physical keyboard, the phone first comes out of sleep, and then switches from portrait to landscape. This is typically not too noticeable, but sometimes it takes up to 5 seconds. Is there a way to make it so that opening the keyboard just resumes this phone already in landscape? Also, has anyone figured out a way to get the home screen to respect switching to landscape when rotated, like all well-developed apps do?
I got my Droid 2 (or as it is called in Germany Milestone 2) just this week. I got two minor things that are bugging me. (see the other one here Is it possible to reconfigure the keyboard?) Otherwise I'm loving my new phone. I got the auto-adjust option for the Display turned on but for some reason the screen won't switch to the landscape mode as long as I don't pull out the physical keyboard. That is only the case for the homescreens and the main app menu. Otherwise it works fine. For example, if I open the settings I get to look at them in landscape mode with the keyboard in our out.
So the "minimize keyboard" button in the lower left of the landscape qwerty keyboard works maybe every 5th time. I only started noticing this after the 2.1 OTA. However my wife has the 2.1 on her Eris as well and hers works perfectly. If I make sure to push the very top edge of the button, it works fine, but just pressing it normally in the middle rarely works. Perhaps there is something wrong with that corner if the screen.
From the XDA forum: Link to app page = [APP][ROOT/Keyboard] Keyboard Manager - Dual keyboard: Portrait/landscape switch - xda-developers
Keyboard Manager allows you to customize what keyboard (input method) appear on input based on your phone orientation. It displays the keyboards you have enabled on your android device, and let you select one per orientation (landscape/portrait). As your phone switch orientation, the app automatically switch the keyboard.
Requirements: - Rooted android device (app was tested on Samsung captivate 2.1) - Root Explorer app, or similar app that allows you to edit the permissions of a file.
To install: 1- Download the app (KeyboardManager.apk) on your device sdcard. 2- Using Root Explorer, move the apk file to /system/app 3- Using Root Explorer, edit the file permissions like below: -- User: 'Read/Write' checked --Group: 'Read' checked --Others: 'Read' checked 4- Exit Root Explorer
The app should be visible in your launcher as 'Keyboard Manager'
Update: - Added option to disable notification icon -' start on boot' feature is disabled because it's not yet complete and tested... Sorry for the confusion
Bugs: -On certain applications (i.e: Messaging on Samsung Captivate), the input window occasionally freeze on orientation switch. Exiting the app, and resuming should fix it.
i wanted to know that how can i enable physical keyboard mode on android without actually having a physical keyboard connected to the device. i just want to enable HID mode on my device without a keyboard. I AM Rooted
Aside from simply preferring a physical keyboard over a virtual keyboard, is there a reason now or possibly in the future to have one? My wife is trying to decide between getting a Droid herself or a Nexus. I know there are good reasons for and against, but this feature seems to be the fork in the road for her right now.
I have a motorola droid but would like to trade for htc droid eris, minus the memory card. I live in wisconsin and would prefer a local trade. I understand some might say motorola's offering is the better of the two but personally, I can't get used to the physical keyboard.
I just bought my android incredible today and I'm absolutely addicted to it. However, I ran into a problem today with my phone that makes me wonder if it's something minor that I can fix on my own or if it has to be taken in. You know when you tilt your phone longways the display changes as well so you have a bigger keyboard? Well, mine's not doing it now and I'm wondering what the problem is.
I think theres an app floating around to measure text speed somewhere. IF not tell me how fast you text with it. My friend hates it so he uses swype (which i can't use worth crap) I text really slow on it, so i got an n1. Verizon plans are just too expensive for me anyway.
on my physical keyboard my G key is sort of loose you can see the gap in between and if i move it around its loose and i think might eventually fall out..anyone else have issues like this anything i can do in case it does fall out?
I may be blind, but I can't find a way to type a "?" or a "|" I may be able to forgive the latter but what the heck on the "?" I figures at least it would be in the ALT-SYM menu, but it's not there either.
Had the phone about 30 hours or so, been happily learning the ins and outs of my first android. Was streaming Pandora for a couple hours while working, then went to type a text and the full size landscape qwerty wouldn't come up only that aweful portrait mode cramped keyboard that makes me feel like I am typing on a blackberry now the browser won't switch to landscape either which is 'incredibly' annoying. Teeter seems to work fine, on level 19 and also "Bubble" an app for Leveling which switches to landscape in either direction.
I had my physical keyboard open and I started to get word prediction at the bottom of the screen again. But I cant figure out how to get it every time the physical keyboard is open. Most of the time I get nothing but this is the second time I have seen this at the bottom. Anyone know what going on with this. There isn't a setting for it for built in keyboard settings page. I wish it would work all the time because it is a nice feature.
After successfully rooting my phone, after my reboot i noticed that the bottom row of touch sensitive keys and the physical keyboard do not light up when touch or slid open. to fix this i have to go to the brightness setting and uncheck and check automatic brightness again? is this common? did i make an oopsie?
I would've been happy as a passive forum user and keeping up with other's posts but my Hero has recently developed a problem, prompting me to sign up and get some advice from you guys who have more experience.
Basically in the last couple of days my soft keyboard has randomly decided to change how it displays and works! 3 main problems:
- sometimes soft keyboard does not go into landscape mode when phone is orientated (seen suggestions on here of calibrating keyboard and installing bubble and running the bubble clibration: tried both of these but has not solved problem).
- when phone does decide to let me in landscape mode no text is displayed as you type....only when you switch back to portrait do you see what you have typed
- when in text message mode the predictive text box has moved and is now being overlayed on the text message body, so basically i cannot see what i am typing! (the predictive text box used to be displayed above the text message body). This problem is the most annoying out of the two!
When typing a text message in landscape mode, is there any way to send the text by hitting the enter button? I know on the Moment I was able to hit the enter button and it sent the text. With the Hero I have to hit the actual keyboard button to get back to the thread and hit send...
I have searched google and this forum and have not seen the same problem. When texting using my physical keyboard the phone inserts spaces or @ signs after letters that I type that are not the word I meant to spell. Sometimes what results is not even a word. I tried disabling the auto completion feature but it still happens. Has anyone else seen this and is there a fix?
I've been experimenting with the IMM and it's mostly straightforward, but for some reason, my custom view that launches the soft keyboard works only in portrait mode. Launching it is easy enough: InputMethodManager imm = (InputMethodManager)getContext().getSystemService(Context.INPUT_METHOD_SERVICE); imm.toggleSoftInputFromWindow(getWindowToken(), InputMethodManager.SHOW_IMPLICIT, 0);
I've seen a couple notes about the soft keyboard only working in portrait but I assume this was a limitation in a previous version, since all the Android EditText views work fine in both portrait and landscape. Is there some additional piece of work needed to enable landscape?