Sorry, Android. You can’t have more than two notches

  • Sorry, Android. You can’t have more than two notches

Sorry, Android. You can’t have more than two notches

The company has also given app creators Android SDK tools to help them develop for notches of various sizes and locations. This is a logical restriction, given that one of the central promises of notched phone designs is additional uninterrupted screen real estate.

The guidelines have also thrown up a few rules for Android OEMs.

In a blog post for developers Product Manager, Android System UI, Megan Potoski has laid out some of the things developers can expect, as well as some ground rules for manufacturers producing devices running Android P. The displays from Android manufacturers will be limited to a maximum of two notches says Ms Potoski, something ZTE has already looked at with their concept "Iceberg" phone which features a notch at either end of the display.

We haven't really seen any devices with more than one notch so far. Google discussed the new principles, which arrive as part of the Android P Developer Preview 5 (Beta 4), in a blog post published yesterday.

Still, it's good to know that Google will not allow this notch situation to get out of hand, even though many users still can't stand just a single notch on their smartphones.

You won't see multiple cutouts on a single edge, or more than two cutouts on a device.

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.

Like it or not, notched phones are here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. 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.

In an effort to adopt the bezel-less design trend, smartphone makers have begun to push the display notch.

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. Whether you love it or hate it, here are eight examples of phones with carved-out front tabs.

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.