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

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

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

That means no notch support on the side of the display. But perhaps the biggest takeaway is that Google is putting a hard cap on the total number of notches Android will accommodate, saying that "devices may only have up to one cutout on each short edge of the device" and that users should not encounter gadgets with "multiple cutouts on a single edge" or "a cutout on the left or right long edge of the device".

Xiaomi's new flagship Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the first Android phone with the iPhone X's 3D face unlock. Google wants to make sure that won't happen, and most importantly, that the full-screen experience won't be different on a notch-less Galaxy S9 versus a notched LG G7.

The company has also given app creators Android SDK tools to help them develop for notches of various sizes and locations. Google states that "the app's window is allowed to extend into the cutout area if the cutout is fully contained within a system bar". Google's Pixel 3 is also rumoured to feature a notch cutout as well, which is why the Beta build of Android P features support for notches.

"You won't see multiple cutouts on a single edge, or more than two cutouts on a device", says a post on the official Android Developers Blog by Megan Potoski, Product Manager, Android System UI.

Another requirement, when the device is in portrait mode, the height of the status bar should extend to that of the cutout below which an app's content can be displayed. Smartphone makers could go that way in the future, leading to smartphones that are filled with entirely unnecessary notches.

Here is how Google officially words its constraints. The devices we have seen with notched displays so far only have one and some manufacturers have now started pushing the envelope on smartphone design to get rid of the notch altogether.

The guidelines have also thrown up a few rules for Android OEMs. That means Google is envisioning a world where phones have notches at the top and bottom of the screen, as well as models where the notch is annoyingly off-center.

So thank you, Google, for drawing the line somewhere.

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