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