Status bar on Android P shows only four notification icons

Android P might require long time Android users to unlearn some habits. When you want to know the time from the status bar, where do you look on your pre-Android P powered phone? To the right, of course. But on Android P, the time has been moved to the left. And the new Android build will only show four notification icons in the status bar. While that is done to accommodate the notch, which gains native support in Android P, only four notification icons appear in un-notched handsets, at least right now.

If more than four notifications have been received, the four icons will be followed by a string of dots. Each dot represents another notification received, although it doesn't show which app received it. You will have to pull down the notifications shade to see which apps sent you all of the notifications you have received. As a comparison, on Android Oreo, there is room in the status bar to show as many as seven notification icons.

Android P will be released later this year, and it is unclear whether the limit of four notification icons on un-notched models is being done for the developer preview only, so that developers can get an idea about what the status bar will look like on notched handsets.

An example of what the status bar on Android P looks like can be seen on the image that accompanies this story. Also, note the new home button at the bottom of the screen. The multitask button is gone, replaced by a gesture, and the back button only appears in situations when it can be used. Since the picture shows the home screen, the back button is disabled.

source: AndroidPolice



1. Valdomero

Posts: 707; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

It'll be nice if Google let the user the option to choose if they want the time on the left or right side.

8. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I don't see what so bad with time on the left?

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's just... different than usual... It's easy to get used to it, but I still prefer right side.

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You can already see, less room for notifications. And notifications are more important (to me) than status icons. I even turned off the time completely on my smartphone (running a custom ROM). So I don't like it at all Google is making this change to only show 4 notifications. Hopefully, this will be a setting or otherwise my need for a custom ROM will be even greater.

10. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

I always install CM (Lineage OS) on my devices, and set the Clock in the middle. I love it. And that's why I hate "top-notch" phone!

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1395; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

guess it depends on the user... i myself like to have everything as cleared as possible in my notifications... my girlfriend on the other hand has a million notifications up there... whole damn status bar is full 24/7

3. Alin03

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 02, 2017


4. Stappy3

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

NOTCH! That's why..

14. nodes

Posts: 1164; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

just Google teasing, that Pixel 3 will have a notch.

5. Alter

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

That's a shame.


Posts: 477; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

It's needs an option to scroll through the status bar animation

9. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 170; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

My honor 8 also have limits 5 or maybe 6

11. Malaperdas

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

All these "changes" are gimmicks, so the consumer could think that this is a "new" product. M$ Windows do this all the time.

15. ahmadkun

Posts: 691; Member since: May 02, 2016

Since this notch came .. and things started getting fu*ked up

17. jpkelly05

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Ha Ha, Lmao! I have used Android since the beginning, well almost. I have never looked up at those icons and said to myself. OMG, let me check this notification. As a matter of fact, Google should just remove the icons. They are useless. Just swipe down to see your notifications. I only see four icons... What a ridiculous article!

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