Google to Android Phone Makers: Don't Go Crazy With the Notches

Google to Android Phone Makers: Don't Go Crazy With the Notches

Since the release of Apple's iPhone X past year, there has been a steady influx of phones with notches from many companies, including Nokia, OPPO, OnePlus, and Leagoo.

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And it's about to get Google's official blessing. It is aimed at developers on how to optimize their applications to make good use of the notch. The final version of Android P is supposed to be out soon, of course, so points to Google for at least looking down the road and trying to get a little ahead of the game. The other is that the entire cutout area must be letterboxed in fullscreen or landscape mode. 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".

It was always unlikely, but this rules out the triple-notched Android phone you've all been dreading.

Specifically, Google is limiting the number of notches - or "cutouts", as they're technically called - to two.

Second, devices may only have up to one cutout on each short edge of the device.

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The guidelines have also thrown up a few rules for Android OEMs. Additionally, Google also highlights that in order for cutouts to not intrude or negatively affect apps, two requirements are needed. 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.

This means giving app creators the tools to develop for phones with multiple notches (a top and a bottom, for example) and notches in different sizes and locations.

People might credit iPhone X for bringing the notch into our lives; Essential did it before Apple with its PH-1 Android smartphone.

Since we haven't seen any Android device with more than one notch yet, both the aforementioned restrictions are rather interesting.

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

This essentially means manufacturers can either go with two notches on the top or bottom or a notch each on the top and bottom as possible combinations.

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