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Google Limits The Number Of Notches An Android Device Can Have

Google Limits The Number Of Notches An Android Device Can Have

Unless, of course, more manufacturers design devices with pop-up cameras and sensors following in the footsteps of the Vivo NEX S and Oppo Find X.

Within these constraints, devices can place cutouts wherever they want. In portrait orientation, "the status bar must extend to at least the height of the cutout", and with the phone in landscape orientation, "the entire cutout area must be letterboxed". And with Android P being created to support the notch, Google is basically giving Android phone makers an incentive to come out with more notched phones. In fact, even Google's upcoming Pixel handsets are expected to sport a notch, with the company also officially announcing support for it in its Android P developer previews.

In an effort to adopt the bezel-less design trend, smartphone makers have begun to push the display notch. This second rule is to ensure no app content is displayed in the cutout area.

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

Google has rolled out guidelines to help OEMs and app creators develop for smartphones with display notches.

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As for where Google says these notches can be located, so long as there aren't multiple cutouts on a single edge (top or bottom sides) or cutouts on the left or right long edge of phones, it's all fair game for manufacturers.

In an effort to make sure that Android apps work across a variety of different devices, especially those that are starting to toy with design a bit more, the system is created to handle things automatically. 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.

"Android P introduces official platform support for display cutouts, with APIs that you can use to show your content inside or outside of the cutout", Google said on its Android developer blog.

Since Apple released the notch, there has been much derision cast toward the feature.


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