One of the coolest new features introduced in Android 4.4 KitKat was the all new “immersive mode” for games apps. For those unfamiliar, normally playing a game on a device using virtual buttons (instead of physical capacitive buttons) meant you’d lose some screen real estate to have the nav bar always present (where the home, back, and multitasking buttons are). With immersive mode, developers now have the option to hide the status and nav bars in their apps, allowing for a — you guessed it — fully immersive, fullscreen experience.
Developer Vector Unit has officially updated 2 of their biggest titles in the Play Store with the new KitKat feature, games you’ve no doubt played before: Riptide GP2 and Beach Buggy Blitz. Now, when firing up either game on your Nexus 5 or Moto X (eventually the LG G2), the nav and status bars will disappear, only to return when performing a swipe from the top or right bezel.
It’s a little touch but one that makes for a better HD experience, and we applaud Vector Unit for putting in the work. Now get out there and try these newly updated titles for yourself.
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- Verizon LG G4 pre-order tomorrow, June 4th
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