Google is urging Android developers to optimize their apps for the new 18:9 and 18.5:9 screen aspect ratios


Samsung, with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and LG, with the G6, are kickstarting a new trend in smartphone design which is aimed at increasing screen size, eliminating bezels, and keeping our favorite pocket computers relatively compact.

We've already discussed at length how the new screen aspect ratios are changing smartphones for the better, and how this may be turning into a broader trend, starting this year, so we'll spare you the detailed explanations here. Google seems to be of the same mind on this topic, as the company is now encouraging Android developers to optimize their apps for the new 18:9 and 18.5:9 aspect ratios, featured on the LG G6 and the Galaxy S8/S8+ respectively.


"In order to take full advantage of the larger display formats on these devices, you should consider increasing your app's maximum supported aspect ratio," says a new post on the Android Developers blog,"we recommend that you design your app to support aspect ratios of 2.1 or higher." 

If you want to learn more about the "FullVision" 2:1 display featured on the LG G6 and the new "Infinity Displays" found on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, check out these informative posts:

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32 Comments

1. mikehunta727 unregistered

Good shiett

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Encouraging? they should be forcing it.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Kinda hard to force something from people who'd happily ignore them...

3. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

Samsung should've just stuck to 18:9 to make it uniform with the G6..

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it's not like they know G6's aspect ratio when they design S8..

16. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I use my phone as a media device (mainly video) every day. The last thing I need is another screen ratio. I have already gone through that with my BlackBerry Passport. This change is just another way to convince people to buy a new phone. I see 0 (zero) benefit to this change except money in the pockets of phone makers. Besides the whole internet is geared toward landscape mode. It will suck in this ratio I think. So many are into building phone friendly sites. What it really is proving is that phones are NOT full computers and need everything dumbed down to their level. Look at how crappy Microsoft Office has become on desktop just to make it easier to use the same code on mobile.

28. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I predict that people who carry their phones in their pocket will dislike a tall phone sticking out of their pocket. That was one annoyance I had with my Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.

17. RodrigoFreijanes

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Android world is so weird.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You are clueless.Apple also has different aspect ratio among their device. IPod iPhone iPad does it all share the same aspect ratio. What would happen when Apple release a reduce bezel iPhone 8?

31. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Don't worry Apple kmows what they're doing.

34. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Of course! Its the apple troll that make irrelevant comment about android that is silly.

26. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Technically, the best way business wise for all smartphone manufacturers is to concentrate on big screen two hand features on your smartphone, get a tablet if not big enough. Then design smart watches to do all the one hand things really well so you can NO hand your phone. I think most manufacturers are on the right track. I am a fan of 18:9.

29. ebilcake

Posts: 1229; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

I still don't like on screen buttons but this ratio does make them less annoying it terms of the space they take up so it's a good thing I guess.

33. lmao2016

Posts: 80; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

I think they suddenly care for this because there pixel 2 is definitely going​to be 18:9

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