It seems like Google really appreciated the notch on iPhone X, as the upcoming version of Android is likely to embrace this design. The software update is referred to as Android P. With it, Google is preparing a new generation of smartphones which will replicate the iPhone X’s front camera cutout design. Similar to iPhone X, the notch is where the cameras and other sensors will be placed to help Android compete with its arch-rival Apple.
Although Google makes the Android operating system, a lot of other manufacturers make Android devices and often modify the software according to their requirements. That’s why we may not see notches on all the Android phones. Basically, with Android P (short for Pistachio), Google will be attempting to lure more iOS users.
“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”.
Will Android P change the way we interact devices?
Android P will pay special attention to Google Assistant. The software will be more tightly integrated with the assistant and let developers integrate it inside of their apps. Google might also add the assistant into the search bar of the home screen of Android. However, we may not see these changes this year as they haven’t been finalised yet. Android P is also expected to improve battery life and support new smartphones designs such as devices with foldable displays and multiple screens.
After the launch of iPhone X, many copycat devices have appeared all over the world and from a variety of manufacturers. A lot of users did not like the notch design and though Samsung made fun of it too in a Samsung Galaxy advertisement, the device has managed to outsell the OnePlus 5T in India. While Google is ready to shake things up with Android P, Apple is focusing more on stability at the moment. Apple has delayed some new software features until the next year to focus more on quality and performance issues.