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A List of Apps that Support Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” Immersive Mode

KitKat immersive mode

One of the subtle (but overdue) changes in Android 4.4 Kit Kat pertains to the way fullscreen applications work. Before Kit Kat, if an application took up the entire smartphone or tablet screen, the only way to access notifications was to exit or pause the application by navigating to either (1) a different app, or (2) the launcher.  This quickly became frustrating.

Android 4.4’s “immersive mode” rectifies the issue by allowing users to recall the notification shade (and on-screen navigation key, in the absence of hardware buttons) by swiping downwards from their respective device’s top bezel.

The improved behavior is incredibly sick, but the scope of its adoption obviously depends on developers. Luckily, nearly 50 days after Kit Kat’s introduction, some have begun to implement immersive mode into their applications, like RSS reader Press and game studio Vector Unit (Riptide GP2 and Beach Buggy Blitz). Developers typically make these types of changes through app updates, though, so it’s tough to track which apps take advantage of the feature. To remedy that, we’re compiling from a number of sources (including this Reddit thread) a list of apps and games that support immersive mode.

This list isn’t intended to be holistic, but it should provide a good starting point for those looking to see immersive mode in action. Still, let us know in the comments if we missed anything major.

List of Apps that Support Immersive Mode

  • Badland
  • Beach Buggy Blitz
  • ComicRack
  • Comixology
  • Dayframe
  • DicePlayer
  • Dynamic Notifications
  • EVAC (and all other games by Hexage)
  • FBReader
  • Feedex
  • Flixter
  • Google Play Books
  • Google Search
  • Hangouts (when viewing images)
  • Instapaper
  • Manga Plus
  • Moon Reader
  • MX Player
  • Nest
  • Paint Splash!
  • Perfect Pixel ChecStack4
  • Perfect Viewer
  • Pow Comics Reader
  • Press
  • QuickPic
  • Radient
  • Riptide GP2
  • Robotek
  • Santa Tracker
  • Snapchat
  • Snes9x and All “.emu” series of emulators by Robert Broglia
  • Stack4
  • VSCO Cam
  • Widget Locker

  • Memphis May [S]unjay

    I’ve been able to do this for ages.

  • KingofPing

    Would love to see Google Play Music added to this list…. :-/

  • no one

    Make sure and add sonic dash to the list

  • mariano zorrilla

    Add “Asphalt 8″ with the last update!

  • William Yim

    Is there are any launchers that is going to support immersive mode?
    I am desperately waiting for it!!

  • r2doesinc

    NFCSecure uses this for the lock screen as well. Perfect use case IMO.

  • Randy Young

    I must say, I like immersive mode, but not on every app. For movies, photos and TV, sure, it makes sense and enhances the experience, but it annoys me that I can’t see notifications while playing CandyCrush or other games without swiping down. I don’t really see any benefit to it for those kind of apps and wish I could turn it off.

  • Guest
    • Guest

      and super hexagon

      • guest

        AND SANTA TREACKER

  • Danish Prakash

    much needed post :)

  • Kavya

    Candy Crush Saga supports it too

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    Can’t say I use any of those -_-

  • shaun76

    Hey, that’s my post on reddit! Thanks for bringing attention to this…can’t wait for more devs to take advantage of immersive mode.

    • Kevin

      You can already enable immersive mode by default on all apps by using the app called immersive full-screen mode. It’s free and you don’t have to be rooted you just have to be running Kit Kat.

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Thanks for compiling the initial info. It was very helpful.

      • shaun76

        I think I only brought 3 or 4 to the table. The commentors brought the rest. I need to grab the replies from here and add them to the list over there. I appreciate you doing the post!

  • odeiosenhas

    changing feedly and Pocket for press and instapaper in 3,2,1…

  • John Burke

    WidgetLocker supports it too

  • http://blog.elemedu.gr/ hkalant

    The VSCO Cam app also supports the immersive mode.

    • http://blog.elemedu.gr/ hkalant

      Facebook Home supports the immersive mode. How did we forget it?

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  • Addie Baker

    BigDX Clean Theme’s app supports it ;D https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bigdx.clean.multi

  • JimBurke57

    Perfect Viewer also.

  • http://rootzwiki.com/news Max M.

    I’m pretty interested in the apps that have the transparent nav and status bars like GEL. I’ve seen it in only one or two apps, the one I remember being QuickPic.

  • Adam Truelove

    Super Hexagon does not do full immersive mode. The navigation buttons still show up while playing the game.

  • guestrrrrrrrrr

    Today is when I discovered this odd pull down looking at photos on the N5. I had no idea there was a new mode. Hopefully it will not become practically unusable like win 8.1 without a touchscreen.

  • Inquizitor

    I was about to recommend comickrack but you guys already listed it. Good, that app is AWESOME.

  • Bobby N

    Flixter app

  • Tim242

    Samsung phones allow you to recall the notification bar in full screen by a swipe in that area.

    • Maxim∑

      but its touchwiz… and has hardware buttons

      • Tim242

        But it’s a goof feature…and I like their hardware buttons. Small bezel and no wasted screen space FTW!

        • Maxim∑

          good** :)

          I don’t have any issues with samsungs HW buttons only the HTC One’s. Ive gotten used to sofkeys on the nexus 5

          • Tim242

            Yeah…HTC was wrong for that!

          • LionStone

            No way buddy, Sammy is wrong with the outdated hw buttons… even LG stepped it up with software keys!

          • Tim242

            Hey, I need every milimeter! : )

          • LionStone

            Haha… Oh kaay!

            I’m thinking the S5 they may finally drop hw keys?

          • Matthew Merrick

            Unlikely

          • LionStone

            Ya, probably too soon

          • Bojan Tomic

            You don’t really have wasted space on the screen with software buttons. They go away completely when you’re watching videos, and now with the immersive mode even in some games. And you still have 4×4 grid + dock on the homescreen, just like on Samsung without software buttons.

          • Tim242

            They waste space when browsing. It makes you scroll more.

    • Grahaman27

      It was a recent addition to touch wiz (starting with note 3)

      • Tim242

        Incorrect. It did the same thing on the S4 out of the box back in May when I got it.

        • Matthew Merrick

          Has done that in my note 2 since day one

      • UniBroW

        was on the Galaxy s3 as well

      • roberthenderson

        It isn’t a big deal, there has has been a free app that has allowed this for several years now.

    • David

      It was also on note 2. That was supposed to be for grahaman27

    • Piotr

      That’s also available on LG G2

    • michael arazan

      It pisses me off playing games with swipes and the notification bar shows up and opens up during game play. I have not found any setting in the gs3 to turn it off. Most annoying.

  • EricMayBell

    Doesn’t tapping on the screen instead of swiping down from the top do the same thing? Moto X owner

    • Grahaman27

      it seems to work on my Phone (moto x), but not on my tablet (nexus 7). Odd.

    • Raloc

      No. Immersive mode doesn’t capture inputs like that. If it did you wouldn’t be able to use it with games and such. You might be thinking of the older “lights out” mode that was used to dim the navigation buttons prior to 4.4.

      • Pengwn

        On my Nexus 5, when I’m using an app with immersive mode, both tapping the screen and swiping from the top brings back the controls.

    • http://www.buddinggeek.com/ Abhishek

      yes, that even works on nexus 4

  • Kevin

    Or, you can just download the app ‘immersive full screen’ which enables immersive mode on all apps. of course you also have to be running 4.4

  • Robert Macri

    Santa tracker

  • http://www.coroflot.com/mellerad Adam Meller

    Accidentally discovered this feature while playing Dots on the L today. Could add that to the list.

  • sc0rch3d

    love this feature in Netflix, esp since it pauses the video to get a quick peak at the notifications

  • Jonathan Figueroa

    Dynamic Notifications also supports it.

  • Samvelavich

    Kyle?

    • Thomas

      We are still waiting for more info on Kyle. All we have so far is that him & Eric get their hair cut by the same person ;)

      • Pedro

        Shoot! I thought it was Moe’s barber. Or, is it Larry’s?

  • http://cad.cx Colin Dean

    Nest app.

  • Nexus_FrEak

    Kyle… Is your last name really Wiggers? That’s Bad A** Welcome to the team!

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Thank you kindly!

      • adbFreedom

        Kellen mentioned on the show yesterday that you have extensive grammar, I now know what he is talking about because I had to Google “holistic” lol welcome to the site sir.

        • Krishna Ersson

          I think a better word would be “exhaustive.”

        • ERIFNOMI

          I think the word you’re looking for is vocabulary, but yes, that was a well written article. Keep it up.

          • adbFreedom

            Lol yes you are correct thank you

  • Blaine Johnson

    My Note 3 already does this in full screen… On Candy Crush etc? Fluke?

    • Kevin

      That’s because you’re note 3 uses those ugly hardware buttons.

      • Tim242

        Much better than wasting screen space with oversized buttons. That is ugly

        • http://rootzwiki.com/news Max M.

          Its not wasting screen space, it’s adding screen space where the hardware buttons would have been, which is awesome to have for features like this one.

          • Tim242

            You are incorrect. The S4 and Note 3 have hardware buttons in a space smaller than the bezel of the Nexus devices.

          • http://rootzwiki.com/news Max M.

            It’s still not wasting space though, it’s adding it.

          • Tim242

            It is not adding space. It turns the 5″ display of the Nexus 5 into a 4.75″ display. The only place it adds space, is to the bezel!

          • http://rootzwiki.com/news Max M.

            But the only time I need a 5″ display is when watching videos or reading books, hence the immersion mode.

          • Tim242

            Most people like their screen for browsing, not just videos. You have no more need for a 5″ display in a video, than any other app. That is silly.

        • Neurolytic

          I prefer overlay buttons over hardware buttons that will not disappear if I go in landscape. I am on a Nexus 5 and this is my first device without capacitive hardware keys. Less bezel too. Bigger screen, and no increase in phone size. List goes on.

          • Tim242

            You are incorrect. The Nexus 5 has bigger bezels than Samsung devices.

          • Brandon Jiang

            moto x

          • Tim242

            OK. And the 4.7″ display is cut to 4.45″. Still no good reason for on screen buttons.

          • Brandon Jiang

            i thought we were talking about bezel? when did i mention how much screen real estate is lost? on screen keys (i used the moto x as an example) have the capability of seriously reducing size, and it’ll only be a matter of time before this efficiency is common, so i’m going to leave. since you have no answer to this, instead focusing on another aspect because you realize i win, bye.

          • Tim242

            How old are you, 12? If you read the posts, you would see that both points were being debated. My very first comment stated that on screen buttons waste screen space. Read, comprehend, get your panties out of a wad, then come back. : )

          • Brandon Jiang

            so they were. did i address both points? if you read the comment i replied to, you would have realized i do not intend to have a say on the loss of screen real estate because i agree.
            seeing as how you only address the framework of the debate and not the actual argument… you continue to concede my point. at least i gracefully admit you are right about losing screen space.

            EDIT: no need to throw around insults either… did I ever insult you?

          • Tim242

            I agree that it is possible to have smaller bezels, but that rarely happens. My point is that even with smaller bezels, even the Moto X suffers from a loss in screen space. To compensate for the loss of screen space, they would have to make a bigger device. Samsung with its hardware buttons suffers from none of that.

          • Justin W

            So, in immersive mode (the topic we were discussing), the display is cut to 4.45″? No, you can use the full 4.7″ of the display. Without hardware buttons/capacitive keys, you don’t have a massive bezel on the bottom, or at least, not on the Moto X. IMO, on-screen keys looks much better, but different strokes for different folks of course.

          • Tim242

            Exactly. Different strokes for different folks. I would never push for no devices with on screen buttons. That is why I get bothered by people dogging other options. I like the Samsung way of doing buttons. Options are a good thing.

        • ERIFNOMI

          On screen buttons can be contextual. The ability to change what the button looks like can be useful. For example, when the keyboard is present, the back button becomes a down arrow indicating hat hitting it will close the keyboard.

          Considering on screen nav buttons allow the bottom bezel to be smaller and thus the screen extends to where the capacitive or physical buttons would have been, it’s no different. There are only upsides, ex. The buttons disappearing while watching a video allowing very nearly the entire front of the device to be a screen to show the video.

          • Tim242

            There’s a major flaw in your argument. Samsung has hardware buttons….and small bezels. Maybe you should tell Google your idea of extending the display further down. The buttons don’t need to be contextual. The back button does the same as that arrow down button on the keyboard.

        • Kevin

          I have no screen space wasted since I use an app that can hide the nav bar any time I want to. Unlike those phones with hardware buttons you can’t remove them.

          • Tim242

            There’s no reason to remove the buttons on a Samsung phone. The bezels are as small as they can be. You have the convenience of the buttons always being there and not having to hide/show them all of the time.

          • Kevin

            The bezels on the side are small, but that chin could be small if it wasn’t for those hardware buttons.

          • Tim242

            Have you seen Samsung’s phones? The top and bottom bezels are tiny. They could not make the chin smaller, even without buttons. Look at the pic below comparing the GS4 to the Nexus 5.

          • Kevin

            I have. I’m looking at my brother’s Galaxy S4 and Note III right now. Those bottoms bezels could be small if it wasn’t for those hardware buttons.

          • Tim242

            They’re already small! You have to have some bezel. Look at that Nexus 5. That could stand bezel reduction.

          • Kevin

            It is not small! What the hell does the Nexus 5 have to do with this conversation?

          • Tim242

            You are making the argument that no buttons should equal smaller bezels. The Nexus 5 does not have small bezels. The Note 3 is a big device, and has the smallest bezels of any phone out right now. I’m holding one right now. It would be ludicris to have a smaller bezel.

          • Kevin

            That’s because the Nexus 5 is the most horribly designed phone after the galaxy series. Have you even seen the Moto X?

          • Tim242

            The Moto X has only a slightly smaller chin than the S4, but with concessions. They only accomplished that by making the top bezel bigger, and making the screen smaller.

          • Kevin

            Did not upload the first time.

          • Grahaman27

            “They could not make the chin smaller, even without buttons”

            Moto x could.

          • Tim242

            The Moto X chin is bigger than that of the Note 3. It is only slightly smaller than the S4. It accomplished that only by reducing the screen size and making the top bezel bigger

          • Kevin

            Are you blind? The Moto X chin is smaller than the Note 3.

          • Tim242

            This picture proves you wrong…

          • Kevin

            If only that picture didn’t deceive you. This picture proves you wrong. And here’s a link. http://www.gizmag.com/galaxy-s4-vs-moto-x/28559/

          • Tim242

            Is that a Note 3? You must be blind : ). Look at the top bezels there.

          • Kevin

            Which proves my point even more. It’s a galaxy S4 which is supposed to have smaller bezels. And nor Sir, I am not blind I just got new glasses last week. :P But if you don’t believe see for yourself.

          • Tim242

            That does not prove your point, it proves mine. The bezels on the Note 3 are smaller than the S4. They made the screen bigger, and slimmed it down. I originally stated that the bottom bezel on the Moto X is slightly smaller than the S4, but at the expense of a bigger top bezel and a smaller screen. I then stated that the Note 3 bezel has a smaller bezel than both…and posted a picture as proof.

          • Kevin

            All phones have a bigger top bezel than a bottom bezel! That’s where the earpiece is located. The Moto X screen size is smaller because Motorola wanted it that way not because they had to keep the bezel small.

          • Tim242

            Dude, I thought you looked at both the S4 and Note 3. Both of those phones have the same size bezel on top and bottom. The Moto X, G2, and Nexus phones do not.

          • Kevin

            I guess you were right. I actually saw that the top bezel was bigger than the bottom bezel. I think it’s that SAMSUNG logo that made it looked bigger. haha. You’ve actually made me look at Samsung phones a different way now. If only it didn’t have that Verizon and Samsung logo and that oval button were arranged in the right order I have might considered getting one.

          • Tim242

            The Verizon logo on the back doesn’t bother me on the S4 and Note 3. I absolutely hate front Verizon logos. The Samsung logo isn’t so bad. It blends better on the white version. But, if it weren’t there, I wouldn’t be mad haha

      • roberthenderson

        Yeah nothing so great as having to tap the screen to activate buttons as opposed to already having them there and ready one hundred percent of the time. The only thing Samsung needs to do is make the home button a disappearing capacitive button as well. Faster, not obtrusive, not ugly and doesn’t waste screen real estate.

        • Kevin

          That’s nice if you like having unnecessary buttons on your phone. More power to you.

          • roberthenderson

            This from the person who wants to have to tap the screen to make a button appear so they can push the button instead of just pushing a button.

    • vwbeetlvr

      This is a feature that Samsung implemented in their TOUCHWIZ 4.3