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Ultimate Rotation Control is Your Ticket to Auto-Rotating Nexus 7 Home Screens

One issue for some, if you can even call it that, with the Nexus 7 and other newly introduced Android devices, is the lack of an auto-rotate option on home screens. While these devices rotate just fine while in an app, there are those that strongly wish to see them also rotate for landscape fun before launching into apps and other activities. Enter Ultimate Rotation Control, an app that has exploded in popularity over the last week thanks to the launching of the Nexus 7. In fact, if you cruise through the comments, you’ll notice that the majority mention Google’s new affordable slate. 

So what can you do with URC? Well, it’s pretty simple. Install it, find it in your app drawer (called “Rotate”) and launch it. Once launched for the first time, you’ll find it active in your notification area as an ongoing notification. You can manually toggle rotations from any screen, allow the system to take back control, or lock an orientation in place. The coolest feature may be the per app control you have, which allows you to specify an orientation for each of your apps, should you find some extra time on your hands. It certainly works as advertised.

The app is free in the Google Play store for 7 days. Once the 7-day trial ends, you can purchase it for $2.99.

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Cheers Caleb!

  • Benjamin Clay

    Better than sliced bread. Fixes Olypmics and VEVO issue with rotation

  • Allen Byrd

    That wallpaper makes my eyes bleed

  • inzandity

    That wallpaper hurts my eyes

  • rodney11ride

    please take that down it hurts my eyes

  • JSIN

    Now it looks like a over sized cell phone people are dumb…

  • Was the free version always a trial?

  • ElixirBlack

    Awesome wallpaper. Anyone know where we can get that?

  • faganm24

    Set Orientation is free and does the same thing. Perfect.

  • schoat333

    I never understood why anyone would want the home screen to rotate? Apps I can see, but who cares? Its just a home screen.

    • faganm24

      I find it useful when i’m in a landscape app and hit the home button. Especially if I have my Nexus propped up in its case.

  • I look at this screenshot and I return to my comment in the post about that Pattrn thing or something.

    I like Motorola’s stock wallpapers because they make everything that is on my homescreen perfectly legible and readable.

    The clock on the screenshot in this post above is, admittedly, readable. Like, instantly. Perfectly legible.

  • TynanDeRosa

    Add HDMI in-out, and googleTV functions BUT keep it arm so it maintains it’s android compatibility. As a Gtv owner the x86-ness sucks ass.

  • NexusMan

    Been using this for over a week… since the day after my Nexus 7 arrived, and it works perfectly. I haven’t experienced any problems with lag or anything else. There is a free version you can download to try out for 7 days, and then you can purchase it should you wish to keep it. Also, you don’t have to have a constant notification with this app…there is a setting to remove it.


    If anyone wanted to know, you can get the wallpaper from Pattrn.

  • MidgetMe

    I’ve been using Ultimate Rotation Control since I wanted to get my Galaxy Nexus to work in the pos verizon car dock. It’s worth it imho.

  • Michael Woodson

    what about just installing a new launcher like nova launcher or something

    • PC_Tool


      Not sure why the constant advertising of this app when just about every 3rd party launcher on the planet handles this…and there are free, extremely functional versions of Nova and Apex out there.

      I’ll just install Nova on the thing (bought it for my G-Nex) and be done with it. No need for yet another constantly running app…

      • Joe Frederick

        Because not all of us want to install a different launcher and like the stock. I installed Nova before and didn’t care for the way it transitions the home screens like honeycomb having the rotating vector line graphics.

        • PC_Tool

          If I am not mistaken, you can change (or even remove) the animations for screen transition, can you not?

          (I admit you might actually know more about that then I, I set the transition to “tablet” and forget about it…)

          honestly, the only thing I miss from the default launcher is the icon-shuffle when placing widgets, but even that has it’s drawbacks (doesn’t know if it should make a folder or shuffle the icons when dropping a new shortcut on the home screen…annoyed the crap out of me initially which is why I changed.)

          Not sure if that’s still an issue on the default. Honestly haven’t used it since the initial leak.

  • Jwhap

    Just a side note from someone with a Xoom and a N7 screen rotation is not that critical and actually causes apps to misbehave……from experience!

    • JoshGroff

      ^this, also, screen rotation bothers me so I usually turn it off in general.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Ultimate Rotation Control is just too damn cool! Seriously.

  • jnt

    I’ve seen at least a few people say this app bogs things down for them… just FWIW.

  • TheOiulkj

    “set orientation” does the same thing while costing $free

  • Liderc

    Nice, I heard smart rotator works as well. Our company has finally gotten their shipment in and is giving out Nexus’ on Thursday to the department heads, so I’ll definitely check this out then.

  • BrianLipp

    you can also do this in Nova Launcher. set the Nova settings to auto-rotate and then just turn the system auto-rotate on. But i guess this is a good option if you dont want to stop using the stock launcher

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Other launchers are always a solution… I just don’t want to deal with another launcher . . .

  • Teabling

    Just installed it on my Gnex running Bugless Beast 7-24 and it works great.

  • shooter50

    works perfect, love it.

  • jc

    Edited the build prop. Works great…

    • kauthor47

      What part of the file do you edit to enable rotation like this?

      • Same Question I have

        • JSIN

          Google has a answer

  • Eric

    Have you tried Smart Rotator? It’s free too: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.xdevelop.rotator_t

  • derp

    Why do all these rotation apps have a constant notification?

    Also I have an app called set orientation that was free and works perfectly.

    • So that they don’t get unloaded.

      Notifications prevent the OS from unloading the intent/process.

  • Glen

    Even better is to use the widget. I placed the 1X1 widget in the scrolling dock on my Nova Launcher. This custom toggles through the rotation modes you select. Very handy. Was the best solution for the Galaxy S3 as well (better than the drop down toggle included in the stock notification bar).


    Or you could edit the buildprop for free to enable rotation …

    • EvanTheGamer

      But what if you’re just too damn lazy? lol

    • Fatty Bunter

      What % of the population do you think your comment applies to?

      • What % of the population? 10-20% maybe
        What % of the Droid Life readership? 80-90% most likely

        • Fatty Bunter

          My comment was more me poking fun of your comments narrow target audience. I myself root/ROM/etc, i just thought it was funny. ANYWAY:

          10-20%? Really?

          I’d guess the following of android phone owners:

          Around 1% Root
          Around 1/8 of THOSE add ROMs
          Around 1/8 of THOSE are willing to alter individual files

          Leaving it at about .015% of the android owning population.

          I’d say you’re right about the Droid Life leadership though

    • cheezer88

      Do Tell

  • KleenDroid


    • Michael_NM

      You’re amazed by so many things. 🙂

      • Liderc

        Well, he does have a Thunderbolt, so even socks often seem impressive.

        • KleenDroid

          Lol… did have a Thunderbolt. First in line on launch day for Nexus. Wife now has my Bolt… 🙂

          • EvanTheGamer

            I almost thought you said “my wife now has me by the balls…” Not sure why though. Thought maybe because you’re buying all these devices and now she owns you ’cause she’s ANGRY like a Hulk! lol

            I really do need more sleep. Also more coffee. Mmmm…coffee… (in Homer voice)

          • KleenDroid

            Your eyes are not deceiving you.

          • EvanTheGamer

            lol, okay…at least I’m not going crazy. Yet.

          • BAZINGA

            She has my bolt to 😉

        • JoshGroff

          I have a Thunderbolt, mainly because of that kickstand. Wish my N7 had one, but I guess a case will have to do.

      • EvanTheGamer

        That’s not a bad thing though…lol