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Google Encourages Android Developers to Optimize Apps for New Screen Aspect Ratios Used by LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, and S8 Plus

Mar 31, 2017 11:28 AM EDT

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The successful launches of the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, and S8 Plus, may have forced the hands of the Android Apps developer. Google issues an advice to these developers to optimize their Apps for the new screen aspect ratios utilized by the recently introduced flagship devices.

According to Phone Arena, Google has urged Android developers to fine tune their Apps for the new screen aspect ratios, 18.5:9 used by the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and 18:9 utilized by the LG G6. These new screen aspect ratios allow these newest smartphones to eliminate bezels while simultaneously allowing these devices to have an increased screen size.

To take full advantage of the larger display formats on the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, and S8 Plus, Google urges the Android developers to consider increasing the app's maximum supported aspect ratio. Further, Google offers a recommendation to these developers to design the apps in a manner that can support the aspect ratios of 2.1 or higher.

According to Greenbot, Google is pushing the Android developers to modify their apps so that it looks at their best on the new flagship devices including the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, and S8 Plus. Currently, only a handful of smartphones are capable of supporting the new screen aspect ratios, but it is possible that Google is banking that the new sizes would be the new trend moving forward.

Also, Google's own flagship, Pixel, is running on 18:9 screen aspect ratio, so it makes sense for Google to push the Android developers to resize their apps to support the 18:9 and 18.5:9 aspect ratios. While the screen sizes for the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, and S8 Plus have been enlarged, these flagship devices from Samsung and LG have remained compact.

That said, Google must have been counting for this trend to continue for the years to come and the Android developers might as well develop their apps to suit the 18:9 and 18.9:9 aspect ratios used by LG G6, and Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. After all, these newly launched flagship devices are the first of their kind, and they are here to stay.

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