Smartphones have drastically changed from what they were a decade ago and what they are now. The change has been mostly centric to the increase in the computing capacity and a proportionate growth story with regards to the app ecosystem. The world has bid adieu to small screens, and now we have bezel-less and large displays that struggle to fit in one’s palms. The smartphone segment is no alien to phones with a 6-inch display and in fact, thanks to the media consumptions these phones are turning mainstream.
The smartphones with larger displays are an absolute bliss when it comes to entertainment or gaming, but things started getting ugly when it comes to single hand access. The large screen phones don’t allow users to reach the topmost section of the display thus cutting them out from basic operations like pulling down the notification drawer. Truth be told, I personally use the one-handed mode even on my iPhone 7 which comes with a relatively “small” 4.7-inch display.
We have seen smartphone manufacturers like Xiaomi, Samsung and LG include a One-handed mode but other devices are left in the lurch. XDA has released a One-Handed Mode app for Android, and the best part is that it doesn’t require root access.
That being said the one-handed mode by Android OEM’s scales down the entire display into 2/3 of its original size whereas the iOS One Handed mode pulls down the controls so that it is easily accessible. The XDA app kind of mimics the iPhone functionality and be used on any Android device running Jelly Bean or higher.
Download the One-Handed Mode app from here and follow the instructions on how to activate the app via ADB. The One-Handed mode can be operated with the help of a floating bubble, and the developer is also readying a customisable option to set a hardware shortcut. The developers have also baked in a resize feature with which one can set the height and width of the window. However, this feature is still in experimental stages. That being said, if you want to access the settings you will have to make a one-time in-app purchase of $1.99.