Google is continuing its push to get third-party app developers to update their foldable apps with the Pixel Fold (and Tablet) launch.
To “make the most of the extra screen space on large screen Android devices,” Google adheres to three design principles:
Responsive layouts resize content and controls as the screen size changes, such as when you use two apps in split-screen mode. The ability to “do more without extra taps or losing context” is indeed the benefit of two-column designs, but windows resizability remains important for split-screen mode. Two-pane layouts display content across two columns, showing you more content across the unfolded, larger screen, and allowing you to do more without additional taps or losing context In the meantime, continuity is essential to ensuring that switching screens does not cause states to be reset and is not frustrating.
Google today featured “five applications that utilize these significant plan standards for foldable gadgets.” Two are first-party applications:
Google Keep, which was updated last year, is great to use, but there is no full-screen notes view. Instead, the note grid is shown in the background, which can be a little distracting.
Concerning third parties:
“SideChef, a cooking and grocery app with more than 20,000 recipes, shows you step-by-step instructions for recipes on the larger screen of a foldable phone. Since cooking frequently requires multitasking, SideChef automatically resizes when used in split-screen mode: You can see the recipe on the right side of the screen, and on the left, you can pull up a timer to see how long it will take to cook a dish in the oven. Alternately, a calculator can be used to convert measurements. You can stay in the moment and never forget about the next step in the recipe with this split-screen mode.
“LINE, an application for calls and messages, easily changes when you change from involving your foldable telephone in a collapsed to unfurled state. LINE adapts to a two-pane layout when unfolded, allowing you to view all of your active chats on the left and the conversation details for any friend you select on the right. This format makes it more straightforward to monitor every one of your discussions immediately, and you can flip between discussions with less taps. Assuming that you’re shuffling various discussions, you’ll be capable all the more effectively see new messages and immediately change to the visit you need to zero in on.”
“Deezer wanted to redesign its apps for foldable phones to help fans connect with music on a deeper level and provide the best possible listening experience. Music fans can access more than just the player controls on the screen with the new two-pane layout. Now, listeners can share songs with family and friends with just a click and see the artist’s album art, sing along with the lyrics on the screen, and spread the word about their favorite artist.”