While most smartphones with notches - i.e. display cutouts a la the iPhone X - have just one, Google is anticipating a scenario where phone makers have the brilliant idea to put several of them on a single device.
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.
We haven't really seen any devices with more than one notch so far.More news: Ohio State puts football coach Urban Meyer on paid leave amid investigation
"To ensure consistency and app compatibility, we're working with our device manufacturer partners to mandate a few requirements". We already know that Android P is expected to offer official operating system-level support for the display notch - also known as a cutout - as well.
Keep in mind these rules are for the Android manufacturers that want Google's support with the Play Store and services, which is obviously the lion's share of Android devices out there in the wild. How about two or more? To that end, Google says you "won't see multiple cutouts on a single edge, or more than two cutouts on a device", and you "won't see a cutout on the left or right long edge of the device".
Among the other notch-related requirements that are spelled out so that devices with notches don't negatively affect the way apps run, the status bar has to extend to at least the height of the notch in portrait mode. Nonetheless, we could find out soon enough, and even see stable versions of the software on some phones in August itself.More news: Root digs deep to steady England after Ashwin strikes early
According to Android System UI product manager Megan Potoski, Google's rules for cutouts were drawn up in an effort to ensure that developers' apps would be cutout-ready, asking them to consider such things as how their "content is displayed relative to the cutout".
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However, one of the most striking points in the guidelines is a limitation of the number of notches that a manufacturer can implement on an Android smartphone.More news: Donald Trump thinks you need ID to buy groceries
Since Apple released the notch, there has been much derision cast toward the feature.