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Swap Volume Rocker Orientation on Rotation with Xposed
One of my personal pet peeves in mobile devices—especially tablets—is a right-sided volume rocker. No, I don’t care either way about the ergonomics of such button placement. After all, you get used the button arrangement after a set period of time, and this quickly becomes second nature. No, my gripe is with what happens when you rotate your device.
If a device features a left-sided volume rocker and you rotate it clockwise (the only way to keep the volume rocker on the top of the device), Volume Up is on the right and Volume Down is on the left. This is good. This corresponds with Android’s volume changer UI, as well as pretty much every volume readout on any modern piece of electronics. If, however, the volume rocker is on the right and you rotate the device counter-clockwise (again, keeping the volume rocker on the top of the device), Volume Down is now on the right and Volume Up is now on the left. This result is troublesome, as the keys no longer correspond with Android’s UI. While you could always rotate your device the other way, this would result in the volume keys being on the bottom, which is extremely inconvenient.
Thankfully, XDA Senior Member etatto83 created a quick Xposed module that straightens this out for us… literally. Since this comes in the form of an Xposed module, you need to have an ICS or later device and be running XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread). If you meet these requirements, however, installation is a breeze and is as simple as installing and activating the module, and rebooting.
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