Android P to come with iPhone X-style notch, and developer access to Google Assistant

Andy Boxall

In App Business

February 13, 2018

The next version of Google Android, which has yet to be announced, may include support for iPhone X-style notches above the screen, according to a report published by Bloomberg. The software will make provisions for developers and manufacturers to adapt the top line of Android for the unusual design.

It’s part of a major redesign being planned for Android P, according to anonymous sources quoted in the report, which states Google is considering the move to attract iPhone users to the Android platform.

In addition to the notch, Google may open up Google Assistant to developers, allowing the voice controlled platform to be used in third-party apps. However, there are no details beyond this. Also, Google may be working to integrate Google Assistant into the main Search bar displayed on the main screen. Google Assistant has become a main focus for the company since the release of Google Home and compatible smart home controllers.

The report also mentions battery life improvements in Android P, along with support for other unusual hardware designs and new technology, including foldable phones and flexible screens. However, none of the aspects mentioned are considered final, and may change ahead of the software’s release.

Google will likely show Android P during its Google I/O developer conference in May.