Upcoming Sony Xperia home launcher to support auto rotation and more [Update]

by XB on 20th May 2015

in Applications

New home launcher_3Sony will introduce a new home launcher shortly that will bring some long-awaited features. Long pressing an empty space in the launcher will bring a new “Home Settings” icon (the Widgets and Apps icons have been combined into one icon to allow space). There will then be options to allow the home screen to auto rotate into landscape mode as well as the ability to adjust icon sizes. Previously, you could only use the launcher in landscape mode if docked.

The pictures below show the auto-rotation setting within the new home launcher. The icon size setting will also be added in a later version. This information has also been confirmed in the Xperia user guide linked below. We don’t have an ETA of when the new launcher will land, but it should be useful nonetheless.

Update: Sony is already using the updated home launcher in the Android Lollipop builds that hit the Xperia Z yesterday, according to the comments below. Xperia Home version 8.0.A.1.2 is expected to land on other handsets in a future update. [Thanks Shehab!]

Xperia Z home launcher Xperia Home 8.0.A.1.2

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Sony Xperia Home Screen settings

Via Sony Mobile.

Thanks Aaron!

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