Growth spurt: Google urges developers to optimize their apps for wider displays

Android apps aspect ratio

Google has urged Android developers to begin gearing their apps to support aspect ratios of 2:1 or higher, which the LG G6 and Galaxy S8 support.

One of the major changes flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 have brought to the market is the advent of a wider display. In the wake of that change, Google has now urged Android developers to increase their app’s maximum supported aspect ratio.

For parity, the LG G6 brought with it a FullVision display with the aspect ratio of 18:9 (2:1) – the same used by media in the Univisium format, which media houses such as Netflix have adopted. With the Galaxy S8 Infinity Display, Samsung adopted the unique aspect ratio of 18.5:9.

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In an official post on the Android Developers Blog, Google offered that “In order to take full advantage of the larger display formats on these (new) devices, you should consider increasing your app’s maximum supported aspect ratio. We recommend that you design your app to support aspect ratios of 2.1 or higher.”

The fact that Google has now urged developers to adopt wider displays points to the fact that it might well see such aspect ratios become the norm for Android devices. In fact, during its early advertising blitz, LG punted that its FullVision display is perfect for a native Android 7.0 Nougat feature; split-screen multitasking.

As the LG G6 sports a 2:1 display, two apps can be placed side-by-side in perfect squares in landscape view. It is unclear as to whether LG plans to introduce its FullVision display to its wider range of handsets, or whether the feature will be locked to its flagship releases.

Read: LG’s G6 roars to life with an all-metal and glass build, FullVision display

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