Foldables have undeniably brought a fresh perspective to the smartphone landscape. Although relatively new to the market, they have had their fair share of challenges. From concerns about battery life to handling mishaps, and notably, the scarcity of apps fully optimizing the expansive display. Fortunately, Samsung and Google have addressed a common concern with the release of Android 14. Both Samsung and Google foldables now allow third-party apps to use both displays simultaneously.

One of the significant drawbacks in the foldable market has been the challenge for third-party developers to harness the full potential of these devices. Android 14 addresses this hurdle, offering developers the tools they need to cater to the strengths of foldables more effectively. By empowering developers, the foldable market is poised for a surge in innovation, breaking down barriers that previously hindered the growth of these unique devices.

If you’re investing an extra couple hundred dollars in a foldable device, it’s only reasonable to expect your favorite apps to use the entire display without any UI glitches. Fortunately, as highlighted by Android Police, Google has tackled these concerns and streamlined the process for developers to tap into the full potential of foldable displays with Android 14.

Samsung and Google will implement an Android 14 feature that allows third-party apps to use all foldable displays simultaneously

The key enhancement in Android 14 revolves around the Window Area module in the Jetpack Window Manager support library. This change empowers developers to create more refined and efficient foldable apps. A foldable device’s orientation and display arrangement are closely linked to its hinge position. Therefore, it is crucial for developers to have access to this information to be able to tailor their apps to a foldable’s unique layout.

With this update, developers can now access and interpret the hinge position. In addition, access to the new modules allows them to showcase data simultaneously in a multi-pane layout. Google and Samsung’s foldables have already integrated this feature into the Android 14 release. The broader question remains whether other companies will follow suit.

Consider the Google Pixel Fold’s dual-screen interpreter mode, which illustrates the capabilities of multi-pane support. This mode simultaneously uses inner and outer screens to enable live translations. Dual-screen interpreter mode has become a favorite for its ease of communication across language barriers. Another similar feature is the Pixel Fold’s rear camera selfie. This showcases how developers can tap into the distinctive strengths of foldables in creating engaging and unique functionalities.

The Android 14 update emerges as a critical milestone in the trajectory of foldable smartphones. This update not only acknowledges and tackles existing challenges but also paves the way for a future where the unique advantages of foldables are fully realized, thanks to the collaborative efforts of third-party developers.

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