Google Advises Android Developers to Optimize Apps for 18:5:9 Aspect Ratio

A new trend emerged in the smartphone market, with the recent launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and LG’s G6. The G6 comes with 18:9 aspect ratio, while Samsung’s newest flagships feature 18:5:9 aspect ratio, showing more content on their Infinity Displays.

Samsung’s premium phones offer increased screen size, smaller bezels and a relatively compact overall size for a phone, to make it easy for users to navigate and swipe on the screen using only one hand.

However, taller and wider screens could pose some issues for Android developers, considering that some applications are created for the more common 16:9 aspect ratio. Such an app running on a display with 18:9 or even 18:5:9 aspect ratios would have unpleasant bars at the top and the bottom of the screen.

Android apps should support aspect ratios of 2.1 or higher

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