Okay, so this app isn't "new" in the traditional sense of the word, but it's kind of new and very cool. Full!screen lets you hide the system navigation bar and notification area on your Android phone or tablet so you can use that space for apps and games in full screen mode. It's not just crashing your system UI, though. Full!screen places minimalist replacement buttons tucked away in the corners.

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Full!screen has a ton of settings that allow you control every aspect of your device's navigation behavior. You can use swipe gestures, pop-out pie menus, and long-presses to access different functions. Button position and opacity can be tweaked, so you can even make the buttons invisible. That's cool if you want a super-clean interface, but it also makes your device completely incomprehensible to other people. Some of you might consider that a feature, actually.

You need a rooted phone or tablet to use Full!screen, and it makes the most sense on devices with on-screen buttons – that means almost all tablets, and just some phones (like Nexus devices). If you want Full!screen to show notifications in its special popup (you probably do), it needs access to accessibility services. Don't worry, this is standard behavior. The app is free, but a paid version is also out there with an automatic mode that snaps you into full screen when certain apps are opened.

[Thanks, Tim McCormick]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • http://www.yepi2.info/ yepi2

    thanks for post!

  • Luis Reynaldo Corcino

    Pretty cool, but i guess it doesn't beat Paranoid Android's Fullscreen + PIE. Its just epic for devices with onscreen buttons ala Nexus.

  • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

    Not fluid and responsive as Xposed Framework, but its a alternative for user that not currently on custom rom - Sense, Touchwiz to get full screen app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1202836 Hovannes Abramyan

    How does the pie compare to LMT? I like LMT but there doesn't seem to be good support for it, and the screen flickers when switching between apps.

    • eszol

      What version are you using? IMHO LMT is the best and better than over hype PIE than PA have

      • andy_o

        The problem with LMT is that pie remains active even when you're not in full screen, if you're using your ROM's full screen mode.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1202836 Hovannes Abramyan

        I'm using v. 1.9.1, which is the newest as far as I can tell from the XDA thread. But I'm on stock, rooted, 4.2.2.

        LMT works well enough, but the flickering is pretty annoying.

  • bob

    [compatible with] "just some phones (like Nexus devices)".

    Not the Galaxy Nexus, apparently.

    • Tyler

      It shows its compatible with my Verizon Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 10, Nexus 7, and RAZR HD MAXX. Maybe its your country? I'm in the US.

  • Carlos Martín

    woa, just what I was looking for! I wanted it only for games ^.^
    Thanks AP
    Works great on Nexus 4

  • BrianLipp

    Great for using the full potential of that sweet screen on the Nexus 10. Tried using Fullscreen Toggle(v2) and LMT but for some reason the Toggle app stops the menu/overflow button from working so its basically useless. The strange thing is that only happens on the N10 because im doing the same thing on my GNex and it works fine. O well, this is a good solution too.

  • wurst

    I've tried them all. Fullscreen, LMT...
    But the only app that REALLY makes sense and is really awesome, very customizable and really boosts usability is "GMD Gesture Control"!
    Here you not only can hide the status bar, you can unhide it with a (of course customizable) gesture, and you can set up system-wide gestures for just about anything.
    Frankly, with GMD, FullScreen is obsolete.

    • Timm

      GMD is far to expensive for just hiding systembar. It's somehow fine for gestures, but needs to much CPU while touching screen.. even in games. AND: fullscreen can show Notifications while in fullscreen mode... which none of the other apps are able to. AND: it's free :)

  • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

    Why people so anal about on screen button when in the end they're going to hide / disable it ...
    I personally hate on screen button since I can't view image / read ebooks in real full screen mode. it's just decrease the screen real estate ...

    it's not like OEM can eliminate the bottom bezel either by using on screen button ...

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  • http://www.yepi-yepi.com/ Yepi

    woa, just what I was looking for! I wanted it only for games ^.^
    Thanks AP
    Works great on Nexus 4

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