Google is going to announce Android P, the successor of Android Oreo, later this year. But Bloomberg’s latest report unveils few new features of the upcoming Android OS ahead of the Google I/O.
“Google is working on an overhaul of its Android mobile software for a new generation of smartphones mimicking Apple’s controversial new “notch” at the top of the iPhone X, according to people familiar with the situation.”
Google will also be integrating Google Assistant, improved battery life, and support for devices with multiple screens and foldable displays.
“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.”
However, the device manufacturers such as Samsung and others can make changes to the OS to remove the notch design as it is subjected to software but not hardware. So, the smartphone makers can opt out of the notch design by tweaking the OS.
But few OEMs already planned to release their smartphones with a notch display design. One such device is already on the market by Essential Phone and Huawei is also rumored to include the design in its P20 series of flagship phones this year and there are many other excluding the copy phones which entirely gimmicks the iPhone X look, design, and few features.