These new requirements will ensure apps look better and provide an immersive experience while at the same time make sure that users are not affected by the notch cutting a part of the app.
Earlier this year, Google announced that the ninth major version of the Android operating system- Android P will have "display cutout support", also known as notch support which will enable full-screen apps to accommodate notches, albeit with an upper limit of two. We'll do three!"-Google is laying down some ground rules".
For developers, Google notes that Android P brings platform support for display cutouts with APIs that can be used to show content inside or outside of the cutout.
Another rule set by Google states that: "In portrait orientation, with no special flags set, the status bar must extend to at least the height of the cutout". And it says, "By default, in fullscreen or landscape orientation, the entire cutout area must be letterboxed".
Like it or not, notched phones are here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future.
Within these constraints, devices can place cutouts wherever they want.
"Devices may only have up to one cutout on each short edge of the device". The devices we have seen with notched displays so far only have one and some manufacturers have now started pushing the envelope on smartphone design to get rid of the notch altogether.
It's possible that Google is simply imagining absurd cases that could never happen, but the fact that these rules need to be explicitly stated is kind of hilarious.
The guidelines have also thrown up a few rules for Android OEMs.
Google said the move is to ensure consistency and app compatibility with devices that do have cutouts. Originally, there were three options to choose from: narrow (like the Essential Phone), tall (like the renders of the Pixel 3 XL), or wide (like the iPhone X).
We're sure most people would agree that multiple notches sounds disgusting, so we're quietly glad that Google is limiting the number that Android P will officially support.
What this means is that there are four potential screen types envisioned by Google: those without a notch, those with a notch at the top, those with a notch at the bottom, and those with notches at the top and the bottom.
Oppo's latest high-end smartphone avoids the notch trend with a "stealthy 3D camera". A bottom notch makes no sense but I guarantee someone will do it.
We've seen quite a few different Android-based smartphones with a notch design up to this point, and it stands to reason that we will more than likely see quite a few more in the future.
This shouldn't be a problem that needs to be addressed, but unfortunately it is.
Phones with notches are incredibly divisive, but since Apple launched the iPhone X complete with a little screen cutout, there have been endless copies from other handset manufacturers.