Android P will introduce support for smartphones with a notch à la iPhone X, according to people familiar with the Google’s plans.
Big G has recognised that a number of leading manufacturers are bolstering their efforts to release an edge-to-edge screen by introducing a small cutout at the top – used to house vital components, like the front-facing camera and brightness sensor – and is, in turn, working on improving the appearance of its software on such panels.
But the improvements to the interface won’t only affect handsets with a so-called notch. The next build of Android will be compatible with next-generation smartphones, including those with foldable screens, the people told Bloomberg – so Samsung’s shouldn’t have to do too much to scale the interface for the long-rumoured Galaxy X.
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“A key goal of this year’s update to the Google mobile operating system is to persuade more iPhone users to switch to Android devices by improving the look of the software.”
In addition to an improved interface, Android P – which Google is referring to internally as Pistachio Ice Cream – will be more reliant on Google Assistant, revealed the people. It will also come armed with an updated battery management feature, among a slew of other consumer-grade goodies. Oh, and there will be a new Easter egg.
Exciting times ahead.
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