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.