Android P concedes to the notch

Android P concedes to the notch
Google has just released the first developer preview for the next version of Android: Android P.

While this preview is not aimed at the regular user, it reveals a lot of interesting details and changes that point towards what we can expect to see in the final version. Probably the most interesting detail of Android P is that it concedes to the notch. Google calls it "dislpay cutout" support and there are not only separate options in the menu to acknowledge the feature, Google has also moved the clock to the left of the top nav bar, a change that frees up space for a notch, possibly even on Google's own phones.


The notch first arrived in the middle of 2017 with the Essential phone, which had a tiny cutout for the camera, but it was the iPhone X that really made us talk about the notch. Since then, tens of Android manufacturers have embraced the notch in their phones in early 2018, and even Huawei, the world's third largest phone maker, is rumored to have a flagship with a notch. And while it makes sense to have a notch on the iPhone X where it houses the sophisticated Face ID recognition system, most if not all Android phones do not have any good reason to include a peculiar notch (other than copy the iPhone).

So yes, regretfully, Google concedes to the notch in Android P and fully embraces it.

Will it use a notch in its future Pixel phones? Will Android phone makers introduce their own alternative of Face ID that would justify a big notch? Those remain open questions.

Meanwhile, Vivo, seems to be showing a brave new future with true bezel-less screens and no notch. The concept Vivo Apex phone has a slide-out selfie camera and an uninterrupted display and it looks gorgeous. We took a look at the futuristic Vivo Apex at MWC and you can read more about it here, and see it in action below.

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11 Comments

1. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

More like "ANDROID :P ". I hope Google with Pixel 3 or Samsung with Note 9 forces this trend to die by introducing a phone close to Vivo Apex, although I'm skeptical due to the amount of sensors a galaxy phone has on the front.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1983; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Google has always went from bad to worse when it comes to notifications. Did they just remove some notification space in order to make room for the notch ? Why not let users choose what to remove from the top bar ? I would rather remove the signal bar icon or battery level indicator if that would make room for more notifications.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

From bad to worse? They only improved notifications since every version.

4. mrochester

Posts: 1039; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Good move Google. People are starting to demand phones that push screens to all of the edges the way Apple has done with the X. Android has to keep up and stay relevant.

11. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Why when did Apple release an "all screen " phone? The X has a 4mm bezel around every edge and a huge chunk cut out at the top, that's far from "all screen".

6. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

"Dammit so many retards copying Essential Phone, I guess we have to make some cutout support in Android" - Google

7. Stickerlicker

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 08, 2016

Why oh why this ugly notch.

8. Stickerlicker

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 08, 2016

Fruit phone hahahaha.

9. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well...I think google had to do this. As Chinese OEM won’t stop making phones with notch.

10. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Moments like this make me think we need a new OS or at least for Tizen to be an option in S devices

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