Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Google declares its official stance on notches

Google declares its official stance on notches

Here's a lowdown given by Google to all manufacturers.

Within these constraints, devices can place cutouts wherever they want.

Another rule set by Google states that: "In portrait orientation, with no special flags set, the status bar must extend to at least the height of the cutout".

If any of you insane phone makers are thinking about building a phone with three or more notches, probably don't do that.

Display notches allow Android OEMs to optimize their display area by housing sensors in a small cut-out, rather than the black bar that typically occupies the top portion of their phones.

The point of creating the rules is to ensure app developers can create a consistent experience across variations on devices with one or two cutouts on Android P and devices with 18:9 and larger aspect ratios. Apps by default will have to be letterboxed in the landscape mode; although developers can make use of the space around the cutout in landscape mode, with content around the cutout.

Are you happy with Google's rule for limiting notches?

To say the smartphone industry's decision to begin adding "notches" to its flagship smartphones has been a controversial move would be a massive understatement. 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.

According to the Android Developers Blog, Google will be mandating certain requirements for app compatibility on devices, that all smartphone makers on the Android program will have to adhere to.

For developers, Google notes that Android P brings platform support for display cutouts with APIs that can be used to show content inside or outside of the cutout. Nonetheless, we could find out soon enough, and even see stable versions of the software on some phones in August itself.

Phones with notches are incredibly divisive, but since Apple launched the iPhone X complete with a little screen cutout, there have been endless copies from other handset manufacturers.

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