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
The Essential Phone was just the beginning. It sounds like Google is taking inspiration from the iPhone X display's notch for the next version of Android. The idea is for Android Pistachio Ice Cream (the software version's internal name, according to Bloomberg) is to win potential iPhone customers over by offering a similar look to its OS. While some like Samsung have outright mocked the cut-out, other manufacturers like Essential (above) have embraced it. This move makes it sound like Google expects more of the latter than the former, which means you can likely expect to find more phones with all manner of sensors tucked into the space in the future. Chinese OEM Huawei is rumored to join the notched-display party as well. What else can we expect from Android P? More Google Assistant in more places -- potentially in the the home screen search bar -- along with better battery life and apparently even support for foldable displays and multiple screens. Bloomberg's sources are mum on any other details, but we're closer to Google's annual I/O conference, typically held each May, than we are away from it so more details (and rumors) likely aren't far off. We've reached out to Google for more information and will update this post should it arrive.