Extending your app support to larger screens — such as tablets, foldables and Chrome OS — is a great way to increase your reach and engagement. Tablet growth has jumped 30% year over year (YOY), and Chrome OS devices increased 92% YOY. We've also seen the amount of time users spend on tablets increase by 50% YOY. Learn how to build apps that work seamlessly across the Android ecosystem.
Also consider the larger screen space on tablets and foldables. This could be an opportunity to display richer content, enable multitasking, or create a unique experience not available on a phone.
Handling large screens
At a minimum, your app should be able to gracefully adapt its display layout to comfortably fit whatever screen it's running on.
- Support different screen sizes. Android devices come in all shapes and sizes, so your app's layout needs to be flexible. That is, instead of defining your layout with rigid dimensions that assume a certain screen size and aspect ratio, your layout should gracefully respond to different screen sizes and orientations.
Responding to state transitions
Your app's windows can change sizes while they are being used. For example, it could be running on a Chrome OS device that allows multiple apps running in windows whose dimensions could dynamically change; or on a hinged foldable device that allows different folded poses.
- Multi-window support describes how to support your app in split-screen and picture-in-picture modes.
- The Jetpack WindowManager library and the Window metrics API help you lay out your content.
- Building apps for foldables shows how to support foldable devices.
Handling free-form multi-window and input device actions
Some user actions require your app to respond to dynamically changing states, such as window resizing and mouse tracking.
- Chrome OS devices explains how to handle multiple windows.
- Chrome input compatibility provides advice on supporting mouse and trackpad input.
Optimizing your app for large screens improves the experience for your users, and delivers on business results. We’re seeing an increased number of apps take advantage of the opportunities with large screens on Google Play. Read more about how the Google Duo team optimized their app to work well on tablets and foldable devices.
In addition to Google Duo's enhanced user experience, we've modernized many other apps, like the ones shown below, to use adaptive layouts so they can take advantage of large screens and foldable devices: