Android P folds the iPhone X notch and gestures, do you like where Google is heading?

Android P folds the iPhone X notch and gestures, do you like where Google is heading?
Google recently cut out an image from its developers blog, as it was showing the overhauled navigation paradigm of the upcoming Android P update before it had become official. The shots depicted a new navigation strip that had only two virtual buttons - an elliptical home bar, and a back key - with recent app duties allegedly taken over by a swipe-up gesture.
 
These iPhone X-style gestures may actually find their way into Android 9.0 Popsicle, or whatever it's called, that should be announced next month at Google I/O, which will be held May 8-10 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre at San Francisco, California. That navigation and gestures aren't a true iPhone X ripoff, though, for the simple reason that iOS doesn't have a universal back key (duh).

Still, if the home key becomes a mere gesture indicator like it was depicted by Google, while swiping up and holding would bring recent apps, the copycat journey would be complete. Adding insult to injury, Android P is already introducing official screen cutout support, aka the notch, as you can see from Google's official developer blog imaging on the right. 

With the P20 family of Huawei, we have the first major Android handsets that have reworked the interface to fit a notch in, and even add an iPhone X-esque home indicator in the nav bar settings. This is why we wanted to ask you whether you approve of this follow-the-trend mentality that Google seems to be introducing with Android P.

Android P folds the iPhone X notch and gestures, do you like where Google is heading?

As long as the features make sense, who cares
47.28%
I don't like it, Google and Android makers should keep it original
52.72%

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42 Comments

1. highwaysnobbery

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Firmly in the "If it makes sense, do it" camp. I think most phones today are on a collision course. The convergence of design and utility will lead most companies to the same place.

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3153; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

To each his own I guess. I find nothing wrong with the notch, I don't see what all the hate is about. There are a lot more important things in life to worry about than a phone's design.

3. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Exactly ;-) Right on the mark!

19. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

You didn't already know that there are more important things in life than a phone's design? :)

39. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That’s what he said Id-ot

40. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

People who think the notch is a design element are thinking about it wrong. It is what a phone looks like on its way to becoming a full screen phone. You don’t add a knotch you add the screen that’s on either side of it. The knotch is a necessary evil. You can always make it black or not use it. But if you don’t have that design your not adding screen to the phone your taking screen away. What you have left is a top bezel. The notch is Good use of others wise unused space. Most of you just want somthing negative to say about Apple. Well that’s until it’s coppied. -copied. The knotch is the last piece of land holding on to the front that’s not screen. That area will get smaller and smaller and before you know it there will be a breakthrough. I just would wish people see the potential in using that area of the screen. Well most do I think

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

As an Android fanboy, I feel sorry to the Apple-haters, if it works, do it, I don't care anymore. Not to mention the smartphone maturity had reached it's peak. No reason to argue and compare how good or how bad each other. Haters gonna hate. Oneplus 6 here I come

34. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

It's not about hating Apple, i hate the notch no matter which phone it's on. As a Huawei / Honor user for the last 3 years i would buy the P20 Pro in a heartbeat if it wasn't for the notch, it's there and i hate it, even if it's "hidden" i still know it's there.

5. Cabeção

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Essential Phone Notch and Blackberry gestures.

24. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I hope Essential Phone 2 comes with an AMOLED display this time. And with no software issues like the first phone.

26. yalokiy

Posts: 1057; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Palm WebOS had them before.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6834; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Give me the option to hide that fricken notch and I couldn't care less.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If they do it right, sure. 8m more familiar with blackberry gestures which were excellent but I know they were inspired from other platforms. There are apple gestures that make no sense especially if they out out a larger phone this year. The notch is a pain point but the way android p will hide it is again far better than having it prominent all the time and ruining video and games.

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3153; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There was only 1 platform that inspired BlackBerry and that was webOS. To this day I can't figure out how Palm didn't take RIM to the cleaners when they unashamedly ripped off webOS with the BlackBerry Playbook. Don't misunderstand me, I'm a devout fan of both OSes but I call 'em as I see 'em. I sincerely hope Apple struck a licensing agreement with LG before releasing the iPhone X because LG is in dire financial straits and I don't think they'll miss a chance to get a few easy bucks in court.

35. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Probably due to the $2.7 billion that Apple invested in LG Display last year. LG will still be hoping to get a piece of the iPhone pie at some point.

8. JasontheVeteran

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

The "notch" serves NO purpose. If you can use a app to get rid of the "notch" why even put it there? Give me a phone that works for 2 to 3 years. Give me solid OS updates every 2 years. Rolling out a new OS every year is useless as well. Give me something that works with minor updates every 4 to 6 months. But rushing to get a phone out in 8 to 12 months is killing creativity. Mobile phones are reaching a climax just like PCs did in the mid 2000s. Where the chips aren't really much faster than before.

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2255; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Why would Android fans be in favor of Apple's notch? If so, buy the "real thing" rather than the fake.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3153; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The notch isn't a feature, it's a design criteria that was necessitated by the cries of "no bezels".

11. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Buy the real thing? You mean the phone that originally started the whole notch design? You're right, people should buy that! That phone would be the Essential Phone, the phone that was introduced much before the iPhone X, meaning it was the first notch design smartphone. Android started the notch design, not Apple. So if Android brands are copying anything, then it's another android brand. Additionally, if you had to say that someone was copying someone else, then Apple is copying Essential, not the other way around.

17. midan

Posts: 3016; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Without X we wouldn't see these notches coming from every direction, it was Apple who started the trend not Essential phone, no-one cares that phone, it's huge flop and no-one wouldn't have had courage to do it without X, even Huawei just admitted that with the newer article.

32. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I agree with you that Apple made it "trendy" for sure. They often do. Apple seems to be a trend setter, a hype machine if you will, but they often use existing tech/features from other lesser known manufacturers (ex. Essential/notch), and then make it a "must-have" thing with the iPhone. They are good at what they do, for sure. Whether other manufacturers should follow these trends, or do their own thing is the question.

22. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

U refuse to give apple credit for the notch design but it's people like you who would be quick to give samsung the credit for phablets when they were not the ones who first made them. The point here is that if Apple didn't do the notch no oem whatsoever would even bother to try it. it's already an established fact that apple are a natural pioneer in the industry. when they make a move everyone including oems, media houses and the public makes it a thing and follows. This is why they're APPLE.

27. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

My fanboy-o-meter is going wild. I think you might have exceeded the limits of it. PS: I didn't walk around on forums giving Samsung credit for inventing the concept of phablets, as you apparently assumed i did without any evidence. I haven't even done that on this site at all, but you're welcome to try and find a place where i did. The reason i didn't praise Samsung for inventing the concept of phablets and leading the charge on that front, is because i saw it as a natural evolution, as phones were generally getting bigger. It's the same reason i don't praise Apple or Essential for creating the notch design, as it's not a surprising design decision in a world that is trying to remove the bezels as much as possible with every year. I don't personally like notch designs, as they're a compromise, but it's a natural way to increase the screen real estate. The only thing i do is correct people when they act as if Apple pioneered and created the notch design, as that is simply untrue, as Essential were the first ones to create it by quite a few months. If you're going to call someone the inventors of the notch, then you should attribute that to the actual inventors of it, not the ones who came afterwards.

28. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

well, fair enough then..

13. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

"Adding insult to injury, Android P is already introducing official screen cutout support, aka the notch, as you can see from Google's official developer blog imaging on the right. With the P20 family of Huawei, we have the first major Android handsets that have reworked the interface to fit a notch in" Are you just ignoring the existense of the Essential Phone? Apple wasn't the first ones to do the notch, Android was, so it's ridiculous to say that Android in its enterity is copying Apple's notch design, when Android did it before Apple. So how is it adding insult to injury? Android is merely continuing on the path that it started within the smartphone world with the Essential Phone, the first smartphone with a notch design. For the same reasons, the Essential Phone was the first smartphone to incorporate a notch, not the Huawei P20. The bias is definitely having an effect.

14. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

There there

21. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

The kind of response you make, when you know the person is right, but you don't want to admit it. I'm completely fine with that. I'm going to correct an article if i feel that it's being overly biased towards a brand. I would do it, if it were that way towards other brands as well, but there is a reason people call this site iPhonearena at times. That name stuck for a reason.

25. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

yet the whole of android has gone the route of the iphone X style notch instead of the one of the essentials? lmao..

36. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Does Samsung (the largest phone OEM in the world) have a notched phone ? Sony? Nokia? Motorola? Google? And yet here you are lying and claiming "the whole of android has gone the route of the iphone X style notch"

15. rohanH_phonearena unregistered

Let me clarify. I am not a fanboy of any O.S./Company/Device. Lets not compare Google with Apple. Apple has their own hardware and OS. They can do whatever they want however Google has to think about market trends(Eg. gesture. We cant give credit to Apple here for gestures, I think blackberry did it first but made popular by Apple) and mobile vendors who are unnecessarily trying to copy Apple(Eg. notch, off course it was first done by essential but made popular by Apple) and eventually burdening the O.S. with tons of changes to adapt things like notch. I feel by providing Notch, gesture support google will make it more easier and smoother for mobile vendor which will eventually affect O.S. experience. Google is doing right. I see no reason to hate or object the decision.

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