Android P will look to woo iPhone users with 'notch' support

Android P Rumoured to Bring Native Support for Foldable Displays and iPhone X-Like Notch

Android P will embrace the iPhone X “notch”: Report

More intriguing, however, are claims that Google plans to design its Android P to better integrate iPhone X-like camera notches and other such sensors, which would play nicer with devices sporting ultra-thin bezels.

While Google's goal seems to be promising, an underlying issue will mean a majority of Android users may never see these new innovations for a very long time. Mark Gurman says Google expects the iPhone X-like notch, which was criticized by many, to become more popular.

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As well as support for different display types, Android P (Pavlova?) will also include improved battery life on phones and a deeper integration of Google Assistant.

If past history is anything to go by, Google will likely announced Android P with a developer preview sometime in March, with a more formal unveiling at Google I/O in May before launching the final software to users in the fall. With iPhone X, Apple designed iOS 11 and the status bar to take specific advantage of the "horns" around the notch and encouraged developers to do the same with a specific set of interface guidelines.

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What's unlikely to change much is Android's nagging problem: Most of the billion-plus Android devices globally run outdated versions of the operating system, exposing security holes and holding back Google's newest mobile innovations. With the rise of edge-to-edge screens in the past year, companies have begun including notches that sit at the top of displays which house important sensors and the front-facing camera.

With Android already dominating the low-end smartphone market, Google is determined to beat Apple in the high-end smartphone segment. Google is also considering integrating Assistant with the search bar on the Android home screen, but these are yet to be finalised. Rumors have it that Huawei is also in the making of a device with a notch similar to the one on the iPhone X. Marshmallow's Google Now on Tap paved the way for Google Assistant, a feature that debuted on the original Pixel phone.

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THE NEXT VERSION of Google's Android OS will offer support for iPhone X-style "notched" displays, according to Bloomberg. Essential Phone already features a camera notch.

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