Change the Orientation of the Droid Bionic

The Droid Bionic features an accelerometer gizmo. It’s used by various apps to determine in which direction the phone is pointed or whether you’ve reoriented the phone from an upright to a horizontal position.

The easiest way to see how the vertical-horizontal orientation feature works is to view a web page on your Droid Bionic. Obey these steps:

  1. Touch the Browser app on the Home screen.

    The Droid Bionic launches its web browser program, venturing out to the Internet. Eventually, the browser’s first page, the home page, appears on the touchscreen.

  2. Tilt the Droid Bionic to the left.

    As shown in the figure, the web page reorients itself to the new, horizontal way of looking at the web. For some applications, it’s truly the best way to see things.

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  3. Tilt the phone upright again.

    The web page redisplays itself in its original, upright mode.

You can also tilt the phone to the right to view the touchscreen in Landscape mode. Either way, the phone displays a web page horizontally, though it’s more difficult to use the sliding keyboard when the phone is tilted to the right.

Oh, and don’t bother turning the phone upside down and expect the image to flip that way, though some applications may delight you by supporting this feature.

  • Some applications switch the view from portrait to landscape orientation when you tilt the phone. Most applications, however, are fixed to portrait orientation. Other applications, however, appear only in portrait or landscape orientation, such as games.

  • A useful application for demonstrating the Droid Bionic accelerometer is the game Labyrinth. It can be purchased at the Android Market, or a free version, Labyrinth Lite, can be downloaded by using your phone to scan the following barcode.

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