Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Google sets down ground rules for notch support on Android P

Google sets down ground rules for notch support on Android P

Currently, apps tend to ignore the notch area on smartphones as far as the matter on display is concerned, which means that potentially useful data could be on screen, but simply hidden under the notch.

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

But although it's accepted the notch, it's now set ground rules for Android P to prevent bad experiences for users.

While the majority of the blog post aims to help developers make their apps compatible with notched phone designs, Google briefly mentions a few restrictions Android P will place on device makers themselves.

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In fullscreen or landscape orientation, the entire cutout area must be letterboxed. "This [means that you] won't see multiple cutouts on a single edge, or more than two cutouts on a device".

We're sure most people would agree that multiple notches sounds frightful, so we're quietly glad that Google is limiting the number that Android P will officially support.

There are 16 Android devices with screen cutouts from 11 manufacturers, according to Google.

Among the other notch-related requirements that are spelled out so that devices with notches don't negatively affect the way apps run, the status bar has to extend to at least the height of the notch in portrait mode.

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Second, devices may only have up to one cutout on each short edge of the device. "Often the notification icons get merged with the system icons, diluting the distinction and making it harder to understand which of these icons are important or urgent", said one of the Android P engineers.

Oppo's high-end Find X phone: Full screen, no notch but will you like pop-up camera? . By default, Android apps should function so that the status bar should be resized to be as tall as the notch, and app content should be display below that.

Like it or not, smartphone notches are a thing. Whether you love it or hate it, here are eight examples of phones with carved-out front tabs.

Up until now, no manufacturer has unveiled a smartphone with more than one display cutout.

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