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Lying in bed with your Windows Phone? Disable that accelerometer [Homebrew]


A good developer will add this option to their app: disable accelerometer. We've seen it in some Twitter apps and even our own WPCentral app has a "lock portrait view" option. Still, there are times when you want to do this globally because perhaps you can't sleep and want to use your phone while lying on your side in bed--hey, it's your world!

In that case, Windows Phone Hacker has provided a neat homebrew tool that disables the accelerometer on a global but temporary basis--great for those odd moments when you just don't want the phone rotating your apps.

That's the good news. The bad news is this is only for interop-unlocked Samsung and LG devices, meaning if you're on HTC or Nokia, you're left in the cold. Plus, you'll have to reboot your phone in order to gain back the accelerometer functionality, suggesting this isn't as elegant as we'd like it (but that's not the fault of WPH, who did what they could).

For those of you interested, you can grab the app here at Windows Phone Hacker to side load. Remember, only Gen 1 Samsung and LG devices can use this app. Finally, check our all the other homebrew Windows Phone apps here: Thanks, Carlos, for the tip!



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selasdray says:

I read this as I'm laying on my side in bed with the flu. This would be great feature for apps.

jtshorns says:

Do you guys ever proof read? I absolutely love the site but it drives me crazy the silly mistakes that crop up daily. I would think simply proof reading would catch most of these errors. Again, I love the site, the app, the community, but the editing needs serious help.

Aldoron says:

I've seen far worse spelling and grammar on international news websites. The writing here is not perfect, but it's also not that bad. Reading the poorly written comments in just about every comment section or forum board on the interwebs hurts my head way more. XD

rubenbest says:

Truthfully who cares. Not to rain on the parade

sfleuriet says:

I agree with jtshorns. It takes away from the credibility and reputation of the site.

Will scream at people for you, thanks.

nizzon says:

I HATE that I cant turn landscape off.

Works on Gen2 Samsung devices

Ah, wasn't aware you interop those...noted, thanks.

Desdemona says:

Just got up from sleep. Started reading this article, and guess what happened?;\
I guess I need this app, also the 8107 update, cos the keyboard also disappeared once:(

Sodapop14 says:

Since I have the Arrive I just open the keyboard to keep it from switching on me.

krisye7 says:

I have this all the time, right now actually..

jleebiker says:

I soo need this for my Trophy. I surf from bed alot. Would be nice to be able the accelerometer on and off as I want.

peterfares says:

Damn, interop only.
How is this not a feature built in to the OS? Small things like this are so annoying. Such a simple feature to implement, too! I wish I could just turn off rotation entirely unless the app requests it, like how Android allows.

cannon#WP says:

Wait a minute...This was baked into the OS at one time. When I had my LG Panther (OS 7.0.7003) I could lock the screen into portrait. When I had to move over to a Quantum to keep up with updates, I never looked into it. I'm disappointed that it's not there now.

Appmek says:

It's precisely the lack of such basic features in WP, self-evidently included in other OS'es, that keeps WP from ever gaining major popularity. And the hard-headedness of MS to respond to basic customer needs. Sorry to say.