Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Google says Android P phones can not have more than two notches

Google says Android P phones can not have more than two notches

Apart from giving developers tips on "taking advantage of the cutout area" and testing their apps with the cutout, Google notes that it ensured that hardware partners will also follow certain rules for efficient app compatibility across all phones with display notches. First of all, the notches (or cutouts as Google calls them) can not negatively affect any apps.

These two requirements are meant to address lingering troubles with existing notch phones.

This will ensure that we "won't see multiple cutouts on a single edge, or more than two cutouts on a device", and that we "won't see a cutout on the left or right long edge of the device". Additionally, Google also highlights that in order for cutouts to not intrude or negatively affect apps, two requirements are needed.

But recent betas have introduced new notch options, the likes of which we've yet to see in an Android phone (and hopefully never well): corner and double.

Google has rolled out guidelines to help OEMs and app creators develop for smartphones with display notches. Unless a manufacturer plans to build a phone that has a camera at the top and bottom of the screen, there's simple no need for a bottom notch.

A handful of Android Oreo phones that have a notch, usually at the middle of the top of the screen, include Android co-founder Andy Rubin's first and last Essential phone, the PH-1, the Huawei P20, the popular OnePlus 6, Asus's ZenFone 5, Oppo R15 Pro, and Xiaomi's new Redmi 6 Pro. A bottom notch makes no sense but I guarantee someone will do it.

We are yet to see phones with two notches, but Google is predicting a possible future where that happens and is making sure the number stays at two and no more than that.

This shouldn't be a problem that needs to be addressed, but unfortunately it is.

Notches are either the bane of everyones existence, or just a future part of mobile life, at least until manufacturers work out how to incorporate the relevant sensors underneath the display.

So far, all of the phones officially announced, whether iOS or Android, have a single notch. Because as they say, there's no accounting for taste.

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