GDR3 disabling screen auto-rotation causes issues with Blink RRS feed

  • Question

  • I recently noticed all my Blink's posted to so.cl were coming out at 90 degrees, here's an example:


    After playing around with it a little bit, I realized that it's due to the fact that I have my screen auto-rotation disabled (which I believe is a new setting in the WP8 GDR3 update).

    As soon as I re-enabled it, I no longer had this problem.

    It makes total sense - but I think this is going to be a common issue as more users get Update3.  As a result, I think it's necessary that the Blink app for WP8 has a rotation feature.  At the very least, Blink should put up a giant warning letting the user know that they can't record horizontally.


    Thursday, January 2, 2014 7:17 AM

All replies

  • That is really a problem. I have movie app that rotates between portrait and landscape playback. The problem is that as a developer you can't detect whether the user has rotation lock enabled. This new user feature basically cripples existing Apps that rely on device rotation.

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    Thursday, January 2, 2014 9:12 AM
  • I agree.  I consider myself pretty knowledgeable and it took me a while to figure out why my videos were 90 degrees off.  I had completely forgotten that I disabled auto-rotation.  I looked everywhere (on so.cl and in Blink) for the ability to rotate it manually, once I realized what the problem is, but that feature doesn't exist.  The average user needs the ability to easily rotate it after-the-fact, or a way to force rotation, regardless of the user settings (for apps like this).
    Friday, January 3, 2014 5:43 AM
  • If we as developer could detect the setting we could at least warn the user about the effect it has.

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    Friday, January 3, 2014 6:59 AM