Apps with great experiences on large screens
Many developers have invested in optimizing their apps to work well on the 250M+ active large screen Android and Chrome OS devices. Learn more about some of the experiences they built.
YouTube goes all in for tablets and foldables
The YouTube team continues to innovate and optimize for different form factors to make sure regardless of device, people can dive right into the YouTube they know and love. This includes the YouTube experience on large screens. When foldables were introduced to the market, the team built a tabletop experience mode to allow people to watch their favorite content hands-free. The team strives for product excellence and is continuously launching improvements to tablet and foldable experiences, along with all other devices.
Disney+ supports large screens
“We wanted the app to be available on every screen so that our users can enjoy the content regardless of their device. From the beginning we intended to support every screen: from phones to chromebooks to TV, and everything in between.” -Erik Wallentinsen, Sr. Director, Software Engineering at Disney Streaming.
Candy Camera sees engagement increase by 10%
“We invested because we believe in the potential that these types of form factors will reach. We developed flexible UI differentiation and optimization for foldables, and enabled “snap and view” layout for tabletop (flex) mode. To build a screen layout used for a wide range of device environments, we used the Android Jetpack WindowManager API. After these changes, the time foldable/ tablet users spend in the app increased about 10%, with 7 day retention increasing by 14%.” -Rion Ahn, COO of JP-Brothers, inc.
Signal Private Messenger expands for foldable devices
“Expanding Signal to foldable devices means more people can connect privately and securely with their friends and loved ones. We optimized the Android app for foldable devices, streamlining the layout for ‘tabletop mode’ and making it easier to make and receive calls.” -Randall Sarafa, Chief Product Officer at Signal
“We added fundamental continuity support that makes the app more robust with the ability to handle UI configuration changes required when transitioning foldable screens, using multi-window mode, and more. We also migrated our inset detection logic to use WindowInsetsCompat in AndroidX, which is more performant and reliable especially with multi-window mode and waterfall devices.” - Software Engineering Manager at Snap, Inc.
"Zoom’s mission is to create frictionless video communications experiences, and we want to make sure that Android users with large screen devices have the best possible experience. We want the user interface to feel responsive, and we plan on continuing to optimize the Android app across a wide range of device sizes so users have the best experience on whichever device they choose.” - Software Engineer at Zoom
“Since Android has such a large array of device types, investing in support for tablets, foldables, and Chromebooks now helps us better position our product for future device types. Global support of our customers across all devices is extremely important, and we’ve seen growth in sellers using bigger form factors to manage their eBay businesses.” - Matthew Mossman, Android Software Engineer at eBay
“By adding support for tablets and foldable devices, we gave users more options for easy and comfortable reading. In addition we implemented synchronization between smartphones, tablets and foldable devices, which allows the user to switch devices and quickly pick up where they left off; a significant step up for the ReadEra app. After adapting for large screens, we have received a lot of positive feedback and have noticed a significant increase in the amount of time users spend reading books and documents on tablets.” - Veronika Gorbacheva, Managing Director of Readera LLC