i only use the phone in landscape mode with virtual kb is there a way to lock the phone in one mode or another?
I haven't seen anything that "locks" screen orientation...
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Some of the laucher programs allow you to view the screens, that would typically still be in protrait, in landscape. I use Launcher Pro and it allows the home screen to be viewed in landscape. So if you hold the phone in landscape, it should always allow you to view it in landscape. Not locked, but always available.
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