The Nexus 7 Finally Gets a Landscape Home Screen in Android 4.1.2

The Nexus 7 Finally Gets a Landscape Home Screen in Android 4.1.2

Oct 16, 2012

Good news, everyone! And I don’t mean that in the way Professor Farnsworth means it. Android 4.1.2 has been released for the Nexus devices, including the Motorola Xoom (pretty much a Nexus device at this point) and the Nexus 7. There’s the random assortment of bug fixes that come with a minor sub-decimal release, but there’s one new feature for the Nexus 7 that improves the experience greatly: the ability to use the homescreen in landscape.

Before, it only worked in portrait, leading to awkward situations where quitting an app or game in landscape would leave the device turned on the wrong side. Google has updated the stock launcher to support auto-rotation in the 7″ tablet interface; icons rotate and widgets will intelligently be re-sized when turning to landscape. Settings is now landscape-enabled as well. It’s a minor fix, but it improves the usability of the Nexus 7, as it feels far less awkward to navigate menus now. However, it does take some getting used to after months of acclimation to the portrait launcher. Still, we’ll take it! The update is propagating now.

SwitchPro Widget

SwitchPro Widget

Sep 9, 2010

One of the things that always keeps me jazzed is the liberal app aproval policy in the Android market. It lets developers improve on just about any feature in Android, without Google getting all hot and bothered. SwitchPro Widget is just such an example. It takes the simple “power control” widget available on any Andoid phone and really tricks it out. Its nearly unlimited combinations will keep anyone who wants customizable toggles happy.

SwitchPro Widget looks a lot like the power control widget that comes with Android—except you get complete control. Want a single widget that turns on your camera flash? Done. Want a widget with seven different buttons? You got it. You can also change the color of the indicator and make the widget
translucent.