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



1. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

This is an awesome addition!

2. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 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.

3. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 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!

5. TarunV

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 21, 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.

9. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 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.

4. Knightmare64

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

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

6. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

Love KitKat Love Nexus Hail Google :)

7. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

8. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Wow This is good new this might almost beat the G2

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