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Google to Android Phone Makers: Don't Go Crazy With the Notches

Google to Android Phone Makers: Don't Go Crazy With the Notches

Google says there are 16 devices so far with cutouts from 11 different Android OEMs.

Google said the move is to ensure consistency and app compatibility with devices that do have cutouts. Apps on Google Play won't be able to support more than two cutouts on the display. First of all, the notches (or cutouts as Google calls them) can not negatively affect any apps. 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.

Moreover, for developer testing and users who want to try the notch before buying a smartphone, Google has already added a notch simulator that you can access in the Developer Options. And in a recent Android Developers Blog post, Google described in greater detail what it's doing to enhance the functionality of modern displays, both with and without notches. Google does not want notches placed on the long edges of an Android phone. Google states that "the app's window is allowed to extend into the cutout area if the cutout is fully contained within a system bar".

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.

For developers, this means all app windows "will be letterboxed so that none of your content is displayed in the cutout area", regardless of whether they're in landscape or full-screen mode.

"During our user research we have often seen status bars filled with icons on Android devices". With Apple going for the notch on their flagship iPhone X, the notch has been considered as the guideline for narrow-bezel- design displays this year.

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.

This little black cut-out on top of the screen may look like an eyesore, but more and more phones are jumping on this trend.

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