Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

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

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

Second, devices may only have up to one cutout on each short edge of the device. Google says it worked with device manufacturer partners to establish a set of practices for notch implementation so that the hardware design won't conflict with software rules built for app devs.

Keep in mind these rules are for the Android manufacturers that want Google's support with the Play Store and services, which is obviously the lion's share of Android devices out there in the wild.

"In portrait orientation with no special flags set, the status bar must extend to at least the height of the cutout". And with Android P being created to support the notch, Google is basically giving Android phone makers an incentive to come out with more notched phones.

In one of the latest posts on the Android Developer Blog, Google has outlined all the methods to implement the notch for various apps. The company explained how it had made it easier for developers to utilize the cutout area efficiently in Android P, and also encouraged them to test their apps using an Android P device or the Android Emulator before publication. There can only be a single notch on each edge of the display.

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Google adds that device makers will not be able to place cutouts on the left or right "long edges" of their devices.

Are you happy with Google's rule for limiting notches? Smartphone makers could go that way in the future, leading to smartphones that are filled with entirely unnecessary notches.

"During our user research we have often seen status bars filled with icons on Android devices". Google is reassuring you that your next phone can have two notches. We already know that Android P is expected to offer official operating system-level support for the display notch - also known as a cutout - as well.

Phones with notches are incredibly divisive, but since Apple launched the iPhone X complete with a little screen cutout, there have been endless copies from other handset manufacturers.

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