Mobile

optimizing for large screens with the latest stable APIs and tools


Posted by Maru Ahues Bouza, Director, Android Developer Relations

Last month at Google I/O, we announced that Pixel Tablet and Pixel Fold are joining our Pixel family of devices, and this month, as consumers purchase them, they are opening them up and downloading their favorite apps, including perhaps…yours!

We’ve been walking you through a number of optimizations you can make so that your app looks great on large screens, but it boils down to three important design principles to make the most of the extra screen space on large screen Android devices:

  1. Two-pane layouts display content across two columns, showing you more content across the unfolded, larger screen, and allows you to do more without extra taps or losing context
  2. App continuity on foldable phones ensures apps easily transition from folded to unfolded orientations
  3. Responsive layouts resize content and controls as the screen size changes, such as when you use two apps in split-screen mode

Over 50+ Google apps, and many of your other favorite apps have already made the optimizations; we rounded up some of our favorites, like how the team at LINE adapts to a two-pane layout, or how Peloton optimized their app for larger screens, including a new design for foldable phones in tabletop mode. It’s a great time to invest in optimizing for large screens; in fact, great large screen apps will be featured and ranked higher in recommendations in Play.

Some of the latest resources to help you get started for large screens

For the last few weeks, we’ve been diving into the world of large screens with posts to help you get the most out of these devices with your apps, including many of the latest updates from this year’s Google I/O. Here’s a round-up of some of the posts:

This is just a taste of the materials we have to help you get your apps ready for large screens, and there’s even more here. Still want more? We’d love to hear how we can help. We can’t wait to see how great your apps look on Pixel Tablet and Pixel Fold!