Thanks to the Apple, you can expect a plenty of devices to copy the iPhone Xs unholy notch in the years to come (even though Essential was first). Now seems Google is preparing for this notch-filled future by building support for screen cutouts directly into the UI for Android P. According to report by Bloomberg, the next version of Android – allegedly codenamed Pistachio Ice Cream – will include a dramatic redesign in order to lure more buyers away from Apples ecosystem. It will also bring tighter integration with the Google Assistant, improved battery life, and native support for multiple screens and fordable displays. Native support built into Android could help ensure apps display optimally on devices with notches without developers having to make tweaks for each individual phone. Its good to see Google is already working on the problem : Weve already seen one iPhone X clone, and Huaweis upcoming P20 will reportedly include a small notch as well. Googles
Google still has some serious work to do to get its most recent Android version to users — only 1.1 percent of Android users are using Oreo — but the company is already hard at work on Android P, which were starting to hear the first rumors about in a new report from Bloomberg. One of the main goals of Android P is reportedly improving the look of the software to better appeal to existing iPhone users in hopes that theyll make the switch over to Googles platform. A flashy redesign could help Android phones stand out this year, especially as Apple is said to be putting its own major redesign on the back burner until next year to focus on performance and reliability in iOS 12. Google is also said to be designing the updated operating system to better integrate camera notches, such as the ones found on the Essential Phone and iPhone X, as more and more hardware manufacturers embrace reduced-bezel designs. Also rumored to be part of Android P is better support for different form factors of Android devices, with features like multiple screens ( like the ZTE Axon M) and foldable displays ( which Samsung is rumored to be working on for later this year). Of course, Google is also said to be planning to further embed Assistant into Android: the company is reportedly considering allowing third-party developers to directly integrate Assistant into their own apps. Assistant might also be added to the omnipresent Google search bar on the home screen, although neither of these decisions is apparently finalized yet. If past history is anything to go by, Google will likely announced Android P with a developer preview sometime in March, with a more formal unveiling at Google I /O in May before launching the final software to users in the fall. Unfortunately, given the historically fragmented nature of Android development, its unlikely that most Android devices (unless they have the phrase Google Pixel in their name) on the market today will actually get Android P updates.