A groovy reader recently wrote to us in an email:
“Hi groovy guys, I recently updated my Samsung Epic 4G to Froyo, Android 2.2.1. Since the update my screen orientation has been messed up. It takes about 4-8 seconds for it to change orientation, and I usually have to also shake the phone for it to work.
Thanks for the question Redd, it turns out that the recent 2.2.1 update for the Epic 4G did have quite a few glitches, so much so that Sprint and Samsung recalled the update. But, addressing just your laggy screen orientation problem, we have two different solutions.
One way is to hard-reset (completely wipe all your data) your phone and set it back to Android 2.1 while you wait for an update. The alternative is an easy make-shift fix that should solve the problem, and below we’ll show you how to do it in a few simple steps!
From your Home Screen, Press the Menu button on the outside of the phone. Now Tap Settings.
Scroll down and Tap Horizontal calibration, then get ready for the fun part!
Place the phone face down on a flat surface. You’ll need to Press the button while it is upside down so you’ll need to leave the bottom of the phone hanging off the edge.
If the phone is having trouble balancing over the edge, you can place something flat and heavy on one side of it; such as a book.
While the phone is upside down Press the Calibrate button.
Don’t touch the phone for at least 5 seconds after pressing Calibrate! The phone needs to calibrate during this time and touching it could mess up the whole process. If you do accidently mess it up, you can just repeat the process to fix it.
When the calibration has finished it will briefly display a small box that says “Calibrated.”
Now your phone should be fixed so that it instantly rotates to the appropriate landscape. While this may be more of a “hack” than an actual fix, Samsung owners aren’t left with much other option due to the company’s lack of functioning updates.