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Android 4.4 KitKat comes with Immersive mode - true full-screen mode for apps

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Android 4.4 KitKat comes with Immersive mode - true full-screen mode for apps
You've asked for it, and Google has delivered! Android 4.4 KitKat is here, and with it, it's brought a host of new features and improvements. Some are big, in-your-face changes, like the new Hangouts app, but others will require a bit of patience to start benefiting the user experience.

Such is the case with the new Immersive mode, which will allow developers to take advantage of the full screen space with their apps and games. We know what you're thinking - wasn't this the case already? And the answer is no, because most of the time there was either a status bar on top, or Android's navigation buttons taking up precious space. That was quite annoying for owners of phones like the Xperia Z1, for example, which has a massive, 5" display, but a significant part of it has always been occupied by three on-screen buttons.

Now, should developers decide to take advantage of Immersive mode (and we sure hope that they will), you'll be able to enjoy true full-screen apps and games on Android 4.4-running devices. And how do you get the nav keys back on screen in order to exit the app? Easy - you'll just have to do a swipe from the top or bottom of the screen, in order to display the system bars again.

source: Google

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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:53 20

1. improv (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


This is an awesome addition!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:56 6

2. DaHarder (Posts: 160; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


Agreed... An app's content should be pretty much all one sees on these devices with the hardware being nothing but a frame for said app, and the Black Monolithic look of the Nexus 5 makes that work so well.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:56 8

3. Tommy1960i (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


A nice phone
And a good price
To Nexus Hello
To iPhone goodbye

No more problems
Now things are clear
We are out of trouble
The Nexus is here!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:05

5. TarunV (Posts: 28; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


Not like anyone was forcing you to buy an iPhone in the first place.
PhoneArena is full of both Apple/Android fanboys, always bashing each other for something as trivial as an OS.
Just shut up for a minute and enjoy the tech.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:33 4

9. Tommy1960i (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


I like both android and iOS but I was discouraged by Apple making another 4inch phone with the same design and the same iOS just with a new look and almost no improvements.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:56 1

4. Knightmare64 (Posts: 29; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


This is why i had sold my Galaxy Nexus... This is AWESOME NEWS!!!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:11 3

6. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


Love KitKat
Love Nexus
Hail Google :)

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:23

7. cncrim (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


great and it is even better if LG implement this feature on G2, the navigation bar is take a lot of space and 5.2 screen right now is same size as the s4.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:29

8. Kishin (Posts: 600; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Wow This is good new this might almost beat the G2

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