Android system buttons taking up screen area

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Android system buttons taking up screen area

Post by luxshokk » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:56 pm

Hello everyone!

Today I received my Moto Z3 Play which I thought would be great for using DraStic, because on the 2160x1080 screen two 4x DS screens would fit beside each other, which is important to me because I prefer the screens to be scaled by nearest neighbor or "None" filter, which only looks good for integer scaling factors. But I was disappointed to see that the system buttons take up a large enough portion of the screen that the screens wouldn't fit beside each other with 4x size. When I tried to get the secondary screen to snap to the right side of the screen it actually moved it as far right as if the system buttons weren't there, which must be a bug.

I tried to get around this by changing the display size to small in the Android display settings, which makes the portion of the screen taken up by the system buttons smaller, but the area that is cut off from the DraStic screen real estate is still the same as with the default settings. When I set it to large to see what would then happen I noticed that DraStic then behaved exactly as I wanted, not cutting off this part of the screen at all! But why can't it always behave like this? I guess you could say I have found a workaround but I don't want to change the display size of my phone to large permanently and changing it before and after using DraStic would be quite a hassle.

If there is a setting to make DraStic do what I want, I missed it when I looked thoroughly through the settings. If there is a way to do this, I would greatly appreciate if someone could point that out to me. Otherwise, I would like to request this option to be added in a future update.
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Re: Android system buttons taking up screen area

Post by dsattorney » Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:09 pm

Well, in my case the system buttons disappear upon booting a game. So this is strange.
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Re: Android system buttons taking up screen area

Post by kaikun97 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:20 am

Your phone has an 18:9 aspect ratio screen. Drastic DS does not fully support this screen type yet so you will need to wait for it to be supported.

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Re: Android system buttons taking up screen area

Post by luxshokk » Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:54 am

kaikun97 wrote:Your phone has an 18:9 aspect ratio screen. Drastic DS does not fully support this screen type yet so you will need to wait for it to be supported.
That's a pity... I hope the update supporting it is coming soon. :(

Still, I have to wonder... How can an app "not support" an aspect ratio? I first played around with the Android API back in the Froyo/Gingerbread times and it always seemed to me that Android is designed to handle all aspect ratios and screen sizes as opposed to iPhones which had a fixed resolution and aspect ratio. So it seems to me that even the weirdest aspect ratio shouldn't be a problem for any app that isn't just optized for a specific device. Anyway, I guess that should give me hope that this is going to be an easy fix and that the update is coming soon.

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Re: Android system buttons taking up screen area

Post by kaikun97 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:37 pm

luxshokk wrote:
kaikun97 wrote:Your phone has an 18:9 aspect ratio screen. Drastic DS does not fully support this screen type yet so you will need to wait for it to be supported.
That's a pity... I hope the update supporting it is coming soon. :(

Still, I have to wonder... How can an app "not support" an aspect ratio? I first played around with the Android API back in the Froyo/Gingerbread times and it always seemed to me that Android is designed to handle all aspect ratios and screen sizes as opposed to iPhones which had a fixed resolution and aspect ratio. So it seems to me that even the weirdest aspect ratio shouldn't be a problem for any app that isn't just optized for a specific device. Anyway, I guess that should give me hope that this is going to be an easy fix and that the update is coming soon.
I'm not sure why. During the introduction of 18:9 phones, a lot of apps were not displaying correctly on these phones so perhaps this was not a standard aspect ratio for Android or some apps use custom libraries for the UI and rendering.

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