In Android P, Google Chrome may hug the notch

In Android P, Google Chrome may hug the notch
There are plenty of well-done app examples that embrace the notch beautifully on the iPhone X already, and, with the Android P's "display cutout" support, it's a matter of time for the same to happen with Android apps. First in line may be Google's default apps, it seems, as recently a 'DisplayCutoutAPI' reference appeared in the Chromium browser repositories, indicating that mobile Chrome may be undergoing a facelift around the what seems like Android phones' inevitable white flag to the notch.

LG, Huawei, OnePlus, Oppo, and plenty of other less known Android warriors already issued, or are reported to have phones in the works that flaunt a top bezel cutout to house the front camera, earpiece and other paraphernalia, in an Essential Phone, or, the more likely inspiration - an iPhone X notch style. Copycat legalities aside, the "notch" allows a manufacturer to boast extremely high screen-to-body ratios. The iPhone X's 82.35%, ratio, however, is lower than on the Galaxy S9, which sports an oldfashioned uninterrupted, but very thin top bezel, returning 84.36%, which only gives way to the Essential Phone's 84.85% with its most minimalistic of notches.

The Notch and the Horns. While that may sound like the name of an English pub, the horns on the two sides of the notch can actually serve a purpose with their active screen area, believe it or not, and we don't mean simply showing the battery icon or network status. We are very curious to see how mobile Chrome may extend visible area and functionality into the horns of the P20 or the LG G7, though. 

Does that mean the address bar will be moved at the bottom, like Google's recent Chrome Home experiments hinted at? It might all be revealed as soon as next week at the Google I/O conference.

source: Chromium



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I hate the notch, don't get me wrong, but given the 'circumstances'; its safe to assume that the future is 'notchy' and its best for the human specie to 'evolve'. And I've gotten myself to embrace the notch; as long as there's an option to 'hide' it with a black border all across the OS. So... Go ahead, Google. Go wild! [Like they were waiting for your approval, Green!] G'Day!

2. KingSam

Posts: 1472; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I used to have it too but at this point it's "normal". At least on Android you can hide it.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's not only that Android can hide a notch, but all apps will work without the need to support a notch. To me and any other developer that is a great thing, because all apps will just work with or without notches on any Android device. Much better than Apples FORCE method.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Still concerned about OLED burn in with blacked out bar at the top. Notch is poor design all around. Just lazy.

5. Hollowmost

Posts: 424; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

5 years using my Galaxy S4 , no burn in at all

4. Hollowmost

Posts: 424; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

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