Bug 8423 - OnConfiguration not called unless ScreenSize and Orientation flags used together
Summary: OnConfiguration not called unless ScreenSize and Orientation flags used together
Alias: None
Product: Android
Classification: Xamarin
Component: General ()
Version: 4.8.x
Hardware: PC Windows
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-11-15 08:32 UTC by Wayne Phipps
Modified: 2012-11-15 15:19 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description Wayne Phipps 2012-11-15 08:32:01 UTC
Description of Problem:
I have found that OnConfiguration is not called unless ConfigChanges.ScreenSize and ConfigChanges.Orientation are used together.

I guess this could also be a problem relating to the auto-generation of the AndroidManifest.xml?

Steps to reproduce the problem:
Use the following code:
namespace RotationTest1
	[Activity (Label = "RotationTest1", MainLauncher = true, ConfigurationChanges = ConfigChanges.ScreenSize | ConfigChanges.Orientation)]
	public class Activity1 : Activity
		static int count, orientation = 0;

		protected override void OnCreate (Bundle bundle)
			base.OnCreate (bundle);

			// Set our view from the "main" layout resource
			SetContentView (Resource.Layout.Main);
			Console.WriteLine( "OnCreate " + ++count);

		public override void OnConfigurationChanged (Android.Content.Res.Configuration newConfig)

			base.OnConfigurationChanged (newConfig);
			Console.WriteLine( "ConfigChanged " + ++orientation );

2. Remeove either ConfigChanges.ScreenSize or ConfigChanges.Orientation and run

Actual Results:
OnCreate gets called unless both flags are present

Expected Results:
OnConfigurationChanged when either flags are present

How often does this happen? 

Additional Information:
Device = Nexus 7
IDE = MonoDevelop v3.0.5
Target API = 16 (Jelly Beann)
Comment 1 Jonathan Pryor 2012-11-15 15:19:20 UTC
This appears to be By Design:

> "orientation"         The screen orientation has changed — the user has 
>                       rotated the device.
>                       > Note: If your application targets API level 13 or
>                       > higher (as declared by the minSdkVersion and
>                       > targetSdkVersion attributes), then you should also 
>                       > declare the "screenSize" configuration, because it 
>                       > also changes when a device switches between portrait 
>                       > and landscape orientations.

I believe that the "should" in the above note should be "must", given:

> In API level 13 or above, the screen size changes when the orientation
> changes, so this still causes the activity to be destroyed and started
> when orientation changes.

Note that that's a Android/Java question noting that when targeting API 13 or later (e.g. API 16), both both orientation and screensize must be provided or the Activity to be recreated.