Google sets down ground rules for notch support on Android P

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Google now counts 16 Android phones with cutouts from 11 manufacturers, including ones in the Android P beta program, such as the OnePlus 6, and says more are coming.

You might well be of the opinion that one notch is more than enough, but Google believes that two should be the maximum. The devices we have seen with notched displays so far only have one and some manufacturers have now started pushing the envelope on smartphone design to get rid of the notch altogether. Unless, of course, more manufacturers design devices with pop-up cameras and sensors following in the footsteps of the Vivo NEX S and Oppo Find X.

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There are 16 Android devices with screen cutouts from 11 manufacturers, according to Google.

Android P introduces official platform support for display cutouts, with APIs that you can use to show your content inside or outside of the cutout. They include limits on notches, or "cutouts", and specifications on where they can exist on the device. How about two or more? As a matter of fact, there can be only one notch per short edge, and there can't be multiple cutouts on the same margin. But it's always possible we see some insane designs with a lot of different notches from a manufacturer that doesn't have to follow those rules. Google's primary concern is users, ultimately, and in suggesting restrictions on the number of notches, what the company is trying to do is to make life easier for developers and ensure a consistent experience for users.

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We've seen quite a few different Android-based smartphones with a notch design up to this point, and it stands to reason that we will more than likely see quite a few more in the future. By default, Android apps should function so that the status bar should be resized to be as tall as the notch, and app content should be display below that.

Why have a notch when you can cut holes in a full-screen smartphone display? Jack Wallen ponders this and plays devil's advocate for the new world display order.

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