Android P features leak, notch support incoming
by Mihail Nikolov / Feb 12, 2018, 10:26 AM
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'.
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.
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Do we need this stupid ass trend?
posted on Feb 12, 2018, 10:30 AM 21
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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
posted on Feb 12, 2018, 10:40 AM 2
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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.
posted on Feb 12, 2018, 12:50 PM 0
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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.
posted on Feb 12, 2018, 2:09 PM 2
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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.
posted on Feb 12, 2018, 10:44 AM 0
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Notch doesn't reach into videos. I have had zero problems with notch, notch is in safe area almost all the time.
posted on Feb 12, 2018, 10:49 AM 2
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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/f
posted on Feb 12, 2018, 12:44 PM 2
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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.
posted on Feb 12, 2018, 1:19 PM 0
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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.
posted on Feb 12, 2018, 12:34 PM 0
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I guess for Chinese vendors with no resources it makes sense. Just a lazy way to do a functional design. Ugly as hell.
posted on Feb 12, 2018, 12:53 PM 1
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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.
posted on Feb 12, 2018, 1:01 PM 1
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Lmao! Notch support is the major feature of the new version? Can't wait to upgrade!
posted on Feb 12, 2018, 1:41 PM 2
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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.
posted on Feb 13, 2018, 2:03 AM 2
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