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Android P features leak, notch support incoming

Despite the fact the latest major Android version – Android 8 Oreo – is present on little more than 1% of all Android devices, we've already got some details on the next big Android update – Android 9.0 P, having the internal code name 'Pistachio Ice Cream'.

The Essential Phone is currently the only Android smartphone featuring a notch. Funnily enough, its also one of the few devices to get regular Android updates.

The Essential Phone is currently the only Android smartphone featuring a notch. Funnily enough, its also one of the few devices to get regular Android updates.

According to insider sources, Google has already laid out the main goals of Android 9.0 P. One of them is said to be a visual overhaul of the OS to make the software more appealing. Reportedly, Google is aiming to draw the attention of iOS users with this move, hoping to make them switch over to Android. As part of the overhaul, Android 9.0 P is expected to bring support for notch-sporting cellphones a la iPhone X

Currently, there's only one Android device with such a feature – the Essential Phone. It has a small yet easily noticeable cutout in the upper section of its screen to fit a front-facing camera. Due to the lack of native support for such quirks, its maker had to adapt the software so that apps, notifications, and status information are properly shown instead of being obscured by the missing display portion. Rumors have it that Huawei is also in the making of a device with a notch similar to the one on the iPhone X.

Display peculiarities aside, Android 9.0 P is also expected to gain support for new device designs. This would include devices with multiple and flexible displays, such as the ZTE Axon M and the rumored Samsung Galaxy foldable smartphone. Battery life improvements are coming as well, according to the source.

Google is also seeking out ways to make the Google Assistant play a bigger part in the Android experience, and the next step would be to allow developers to include it into their apps. Unfortunately, none of these changes will be implemented until the next year, the source states. For comparison's sake, Apple has already allowed developers to integrate Siri into their apps using SiriKit, released alongside iOS 10.
 
We can expect to get more information about Android 9.0 P at this year's Google I/O, which will be held from May 8 to May 10. There's also the possibility that we get a developer's preview before that, as we did with Android 8 Oreo. The last couple of major Android updates were previewed at the convention, so we believe this trend will continue. As for an actual release date – that's probably going to be sometime in the fall, alongside the release of the new Pixel smartphones.

source: Bloomberg

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31 Comments

kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Do we need this stupid ass trend?

bucknassty

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

the answer is no... can it be a bridge to an all screen phone... yes.... with the finger print scanner soon to be under the display how can you incorporate the front facing camera? also what about stereo speakers... those are a blessing

cmdacos

Posts: 3629; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Place the camera sensors under the display as well. That's the way to go. I know it's being worked on but hope it comes through soon. Speakers are tougher to deal with and I don't think the vibrating display panel is the right solution.

midan

Posts: 2301; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

If the choices are notch or big top and bottom bezel, notch for sure.

NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

+1 agree.

michaelny2001

Posts: 298; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

we don't... but in order to release a new OS, they have to add some features. Why is this better than Oreo for example? It's not, just monor things,but if they stop innovating, they will be seen as too lax, stock price goes down, consumer confidence, etc. it's a whole chain reaction. After kit kat i was good, but hey , i'll take the new crap. I won't use it, but whatever.

gamehead unregistered

Def not

Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Nooooooooooooo I want to still be able to make fun of apple.

NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

2 years old spotted.

palmguy

Posts: 947; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

The ONLY reason Apple has the notch is to make it's phone front look different like the home button). Who cares if it takes up screen real estate horizontally with games & videos. So feature over form which is unApple like.

midan

Posts: 2301; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Notch doesn't reach into videos. I have had zero problems with notch, notch is in safe area almost all the time.

nepalisherpa

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

When you stretch the video to fullscreen, the notch does obstruct part of the video. An example:https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/9244305/fGEC9TJ.png

midan

Posts: 2301; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

If you stretch the video, it would look very weird. After that what is behind notch isn't your biggest thing to worry. You are then watching cropped video.

cmdacos

Posts: 3629; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If your watching 18:9 content it can and does. Also there are several apps that it cuts in on as well.

c.m.s

Posts: 206; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

A "notch" does not "take up screen real estate". On the contrary, the alternative to a "notch" is to have a full "forehead" where you lose the option to display status icons on the side of the sensors.

cmdacos

Posts: 3629; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lol the status icons disappear when you're viewing full screen content so a notch would just create wasted space or impede on videos and apps like the iPhone...

Boast_Rider

Posts: 488; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Notches are stupid. I like the V30 or the S8 series design a lot more.

KingSam

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

What they need is an Airdrop for Android built in.

KickRocks

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I really hope Amdroid manufacturers do not start to copy this trend, Apple is not innovating with this notch, it's very ugly

tyger11

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Teleprompters use special glass to allow a camera to shoot through a display (though the image is reflected) - I wonder if anyone is working on a similar scheme for cellphones. Until then, count me in the #NoNotch camp.

Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Does this mean Pixel.will have notch?

cmdacos

Posts: 3629; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I guess for Chinese vendors with no resources it makes sense. Just a lazy way to do a functional design. Ugly as hell.

LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Yep, agreed, lazy...Jobs rolled over in his grave at the iNotch

shortkey

Posts: 40; Member since: May 19, 2017

I hate these trends. The notch on Essential Phone looks extra useless. If I wanted a bezelless phone, I'd also want a notchless phone. I don't f**king need nor want a front facing camera or a fingerprint sensor - just get rid of them entirely. And keep at least *some* bottom and top bezel - I need to hold my phone by *something* when watching a video.

monoke

Posts: 1061; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Lmao! Notch support is the major feature of the new version? Can't wait to upgrade!

mootu

Posts: 1220; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

No it's not, PhoneArena just had to make the article about Apple, just read it again and look how many times Apple or iPhone is mentioned. Look on any other tech site and you can read about the major redesign the OS is getting and other features.

TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

Read the article? Nah. Straight down the comments section with only the article title to go on :-)

samystic

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

Just bring an option to add buttons on the navigation bar and customize them. To me that is the best utilisation of 18:9 display with OCB.

kingjaymz3

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 19, 2010

Jesus Christ google just fix your f*****g messaging system

xfire99

Posts: 1200; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

More correct, it supports weirds resolutions for phones with notches and not that Google gonna release phones with notches!

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