Google says Android P phones can not have more than two notches

Judy Cobb
August 2, 2018

For example, Android P phones can only have one cutout on each edge of the device. So, this seems like a case of Google trying to nip a potential problem in the bud before some upstart manufacturer runs wild with a screen that's missing chunks on all four sides. First of all, the notches (or cutouts as Google calls them) can not negatively affect any apps.

Because Android is open source, Google can't truly stop any manufacturer from making a device with three notches for some reason (for the record, one should be the absolute maximum). Similar to all the existing smartphones with notches, Android P will also require developers to use the space around the cutout for displaying status bar information only in normal mode - the status bar should be as broad as the notch.

In an effort to adopt the bezel-less design trend, smartphone makers have begun to push the display notch. "This means that: You won't see multiple cutouts on a single edge, or more than two cutouts on a device".

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While the majority of the blog post aims to help developers make their apps compatible with notched phone designs, Google briefly mentions a few restrictions Android P will place on device makers themselves.

Like it or not, smartphone notches are a thing.

Google has said that "devices may only have up to one cutout on each short edge of the device", further clarifying that multiple cutouts on a single edge will also be banned, and that cutouts on the long edge of the device are similarly on the banned list. 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.

The good news for those developing for Android P is that by default "the status bar will be resized to be at least as tall as the cutout and your content will display in the window below". It's a phone that can compete with the best and launches at a price a bit less than the Galaxy S9 Plus.

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