Android ‘immersive mode’ apps and games
Android ‘Immersive mode’ made a debut on the Google Play Books app in Android 4.4, and since then some developers have added support for the new feature in their apps.
Update: This list of apps is being continuously updated. Last update: 9-Dec-2013.
Immersive mode apps and games make a lot of sense when you want to have an experience free of distractions and fully concentrate on what you are doing. The benefit is biggest on devices with on-screen buttons like Nexus phones, LG’s, Sony’s and Motorola’s latest devices as the new immersive mode actually frees up a fairly large chunk of the screen. Previously, the on-screen buttons would only black out but still occupy screen space.
What are the best app candidates? Games are a no-brainer, but other types of apps like reading and browsers would also look great in full-screen immersive mode.
Apart from the games listed below, we’re all looking forward to the hottest games to get that support, but right now it’s not yet there. We’ve reached out to Gameloft and EA asking them when we can expect their games to support the new Immersive mode and we’ll update this post as soon as we get an answer.
Right now, this handful of apps all support the new immersive mode, they are listed in alphabetical order below, clicking on any of the titles will take you to the Google Play store download page:
- Google Play Books
- Google Search
- Hangouts (when viewing images)
- Hexage games (all)
- Manga Plus Reader
- Moon+ Reader
- MX Player
- Perfect Pixel Checker V2
- Super Hexagon
- Train Crisis
2. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
more reasons for developers to favour the android ecosystem
4. bucky (Posts: 1393; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
It's a good idea but this should just be standard a while ago
3. Genersis (Posts: 184; Member since: 29 May 2013)
It seems such an obvious idea, I would of thought something like it would of be implemented when on-screen buttons were introduced.
6. andrak (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Oct 2013)
But while playing games how will you able to get out without buttons? I mean if the game crashes or it is badly designed and have no escape button you won't be able to get out of that app.
7. Victor.H (Posts: 411; Member since: 27 May 2011)
A swipe will bring back the controls. Or I hear Google has built in always-on curse word recognition. Whatever works best for you.
8. aditya.k (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
Pull from the top or bottom of the screen to unviel the notification/on-screen bars! If it crashes then hold your lock button for 8 seconds, it'll reset the phone! :)
10. Univice (Posts: 22; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)
Why put the buttons on screen to begin with - does Samsung have a patent on placing them on the base (off screen)? It is one of the items that immediately cause me to look elsewhere for my next phone. For me it's always wasted screen real estate.
12. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
It's simply a design choice. Samsung has no patent on off-screen buttons. Look at LG, iPhones, some Motorolas, etc. Eventually, on-screen buttons will only be there when needed, not when they're annoying; this is why the immersive mode exists, to compliment their on-screen buttons design choice. Now, it's only a matter of having devs support it.
11. Stuntman (Posts: 714; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
Yahoo! Weather already does this on Android 4.1.
14. aalokmehta96 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)
Riptide GP2 Is also compatible with immersive mode