Custom Google apps now available in two pane mode without a specific DPI or ROM

dual panel - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereWe’ve seen the Android tablet mode interface on smartphones plenty of times before, with impressive ROMs such as ParanoidAndroid that allow users to customize the entire interface to take better advantage of the screen size. However, at times users may want the tablet interface of just one or two apps, without all the elements of tablet mode or dealing with the hassle of installing a new ROM.

If those apps happen to be some of the standard Google apps, then there is now a simple solution. An XDA user decided that he liked the two pane view of many of Google’s tablet interface apps, but didn’t want to completely switch to a hybrid or tablet interface ROM. In order to solve this problem, the developer took some themed Google applications and forced them to display in the two pane tablet mode you see on the right. These apps will display in tablet mode regardless of your screen DPI setting, which is what differentiates the tweak from the usual tablet mode.

Currently, the modification is Jelly Bean only, and available for just Gmail and Google Talk. However, the developer says that with enough requests, he will post more of Google’s or perhaps even other developer’s apps.

As a fan of the two pane app view of Google’s apps on my Nexus 7, but not yet a hybrid or tablet mode convert, I have to say that I really like this idea. I haven’t been particularly unhappy with the Gmail and Google Talk apps in phone mode on my Galaxy Nexus so far, but I don’t see a reason not to download the .apks just to see if the interface really works better.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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One thought on “Custom Google apps now available in two pane mode without a specific DPI or ROM

  • Avatar of Abraham

    Interesting to see Google adapt certain apps to what modders are doing. It is nice to know that they are paying attention to what is going on with the ecosystem.


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