Android 15 should bring significant changes to your smartphone’s interface, especially the status bar and navigation bar. Everything suggests that these could soon become transparent.
Android 15, the next major release of Google’s mobile operating system, could make apps edge-to-edge by default, meaning they will display content across the entire screen. This is to say even in the navigation bar and status bar.
This feature, also known as end-to-end mode, has been available for apps since Android 10, but it is optional and not widely adopted. Many applications still display a solid background behind the navigation bar and status bar, making the experience less immersive.
Android 15 wants to make status and navigation bars transparent
However, Android 15 could change that, making end-to-end mode mandatory for apps targeting the new version. This was spotted in a change to Android’s “App Compatibility Changes” page, which states that Android 15 and later will “force apps to switch to end-to-end mode by default.” This means that theApplications will have to adapt to this new mode, otherwise they will be incompatible with the new operating system.
With Android 15, all your apps should therefore be displayed full screen. This means that information will also be displayed behind the status bar and navigation bar, which can be useful in several scenarios. On social media, for example, you may see some extra lines in your news feed. In-game, the gain may be less visible, as the status bar and navigation bar usually disappear.
Google also fixed a bug that affected edge-to-edge mode and caused issues with screen cutouts like notches and holes. The bug has been fixed in Android 14 QPR2 Beta 3 and should allow edge-to-edge mode to work better with different screen formats and sizes. Please note that in addition to changing the application display, Android 15 is also expected to revolutionize audio sharing.