Google is hard at work on Android P and there are reports it will support flexible displays and notches. With the new Sharp phone and of course the Essential PH-1 (which we previously reviewed) both having notches, #Notchlife just may a thing going forward. So rather than fight it, Android P is just going to embrace it. The new OS is said to be “dramatically redesigned” and accommodating a notch will help OEMs incorporate new features.
The new Android version is also said to be tightening up Google Assistant integration, thus making it better. Another big issue for many, battery life, is also said to be getting improvements in the next iteration of the Android OS. Bloomberg also says #notchlife isn’t the only consideration they’re giving here. They’re also thinking about multiple display devices and flexible display devices.
A key goal of this year’s update to the Google mobile operating system is to persuade more iPhone users to switch to Android devices by improving the look of the software, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing the private plans. A Google spokesman declined to comment.
While Android dominates the middle and low-end of the global smartphone market, Apple controls much of the high-end with users who spend more on apps and other services. Embracing the notch may help change that. The design will mean more new Android phones with cutouts at the top of their screens to fit cameras and other sensors. That will likely support new features, helping Android device makers keep up with similar Apple technology.
It will be interesting to see what OEM’s do with Android P’s features and design. #Notchlife isn’t all that bad. I own both the iPhone X and Essential PH-1 and those notches aren’t even noticeable, although I am sure that won’t be the case for everyone.Source: Bloomberg
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