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Android ‘immersive mode’ apps and games

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Android ‘immersive mode’ apps and games
Android 4.4 KitKat brings a new feature called ‘Immersive mode’ that developers can enable so their apps take over the whole screen, hiding the notification bar and on-screen buttons out of the way. Let’s make it clear - the feature is not something that users can enable, it’s purely a developer optimization. There are a few apps that already support it and the list will likely snowball in the near future, and a list of all apps we know to have it is right below.

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:

source: Reddit

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posted on 21 Nov 2013, 07:04 5

1. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

awesome Idea

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 07:24 2

2. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

more reasons for developers to favour the android ecosystem

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 07:58 5

4. bucky (Posts: 3100; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

It's a good idea but this should just be standard a while ago

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 07:32 4

3. Genersis (Posts: 219; 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.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 08:00

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Liked it...

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:17

6. andrak (Posts: 22; 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.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:23 6

7. Victor.H (Posts: 761; 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.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:33

9. aditya.k (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

LOL!? Curse word recognition? XD

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:32

8. aditya.k (Posts: 496; 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! :)

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 13:16

10. Univice (Posts: 39; 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.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 18:17

12. Pancholo (Posts: 380; 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.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 17:50

11. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Yahoo! Weather already does this on Android 4.1.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 02:27

13. andynaija (Posts: 964; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

It's even on Android 2.3.7.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 06:25

14. aalokmehta96 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)

Riptide GP2 Is also compatible with immersive mode

posted on 12 Jun 2015, 06:44

15. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 210; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)

Hey PhoneArena! You should publish a new updated article like this? :)

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