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Android N Feature Spotlight: Navigation Buttons Now Dim For A Slightly-Tweaked Lights Out Mode

Before Android 4.4, media-focused apps replaced the navigation icons with three dimmed out dots. These placeholders shared the same functions as the regular buttons, but they were less intrusive.

With KitKat, design guidelines started nudging developers toward Immersive mode, which hides the navigation bar entirely, bringing it back with a swipe from the edge of the screen. The other encouraged option is Lean Back mode, which brings back the system bars by tapping.

But Lights Out mode and its three dimmed dots never went away for good, as some apps never embraced one of the alternative options. Now, in N, it seems to be taking a different form.

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tinyCam Monitor 6.5 Adds Immersive Mode, Pin To Home, Hardware Decoder, And More

If you have a connected security camera somewhere without a dedicated application, chances are you're using tinyCam to login remotely and stream the video feed to your device. The app is one of the best in its niche and gets frequent updates to stay current with design guidelines and add cool features like a Wear client and a built-in web server.

With version 6.5, tinyCam is getting even better. The app now supports immersive mode on Android — better late than never, eh? — to hide the status bar and navigation buttons. It really makes a lot of sense in the context of video: the more screen estate you have, the better it is.

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Google App v4.6 Enables Translucent Status And Navigation Bars For Google Now Screen On Custom Launchers [APK Download]

Expectations are high for each update to Google's core apps on Android. After all, we know there are going to be a lot of new features announced at I/O in less than 2 weeks. Quite a few apps have recently gone through a Material refresh, and plenty of others have seen smaller changes as they slowly coalesce around the current design guidelines. That appears to be the story with the latest Google App update. The latest version finally enables full screen mode for Google Now on devices using custom launchers.

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left: old version, right: new version

Prior to this release, users with the Google Now Launcher set as their default homescreen would see their Now stream with translucent status and navigation bars.

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Chrome For Android Will Have Immersive Fullscreen For Non-Video Elements Soon, Probably In Version 43

Do you want to use Chrome in fullscreen immersive mode, without add-on apps or root modifications? According to entries in the Chromium project on Google Code it's coming soon, possibly in the next beta release. But don't get too excited just yet.This behavior is specifically for website elements, not the browser itself (which was possible in some versions of the old AOSP browser). It will enable certain sites or web apps to go fullscreen with Android's immersive mode, just like HTML videos do now.

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The upcoming fullscreen permission management system.

On this page you can follow along with a conversation between Google employees and other participants in the open-source project, detailing the need for and implementation of non-video fullscreen elements like browser-based games and apps.

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Microsoft Remote Desktop Update Brings Immersive Mode, But Only For Tablets

Considering the competitive nature of the mobile market, it's actually pretty surprising that Microsoft supports Android as well as it does, at least for its own services. The company has released over 30 apps for Android, including a free and official version of Microsoft Remote Desktop, the official RDP client for Windows. Today's update brings support for KitKat's handy immersive mode, which makes a lot of sense for a remote computer viewer... but only on tablets.

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Notice the transparent Android notification and navigation bars on the right.

We've tested the new version on various phones and tablets running 4.4+, and that particular feature does indeed seem to be limited to tablets for the time being.

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Official Twitter Beta Now Supports Immersive Mode For Images On KitKat Devices

Say what you will about the official Twitter client, at least they're trying. The UI is still a little odd, but the beta is showing signs of improvement. For example, a recent update added support for immersive mode on KitKat devices.

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Press Updated To Version 1.5 With Support For KitKat's Immersive Mode, A Night Theme, New Gestures, And More

Press is an RSS reader for people who take their feeds seriously. There are no gimmicks here, no over-the-top visual elements, and there's no free version to speak of. If you want this app, you're going to have to pay $2.99 for it, and that's okay, because it's good. Version 1.5 is now available, and it brings in a selection of features that round out your reading experience. For starters, there's support for KitKat's new immersive mode. It's not enabled by default, but once turned on, UI elements disappear to make more room for text.

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This option is joined by the addition of a new night theme.

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