New Android Update To Have iPhone X Notch

Google Notch

Google Notch

Google is working on an overhaul of its Android mobile software for a new generation of smartphones mimicking Apple Inc's controversial new "notch" at the top of the iPhone X, according to people familiar with the situation. Apple is looking to improve the overall quality of its yearly software releases, starting with iOS 12, which means that some of the features planned for this year's major iPhone and iPad software update will be postponed to 2019. Bloomberg says developers will be able to integrate Assistant with their own apps when it Android P becomes available later this year. However, the primary motivation for Google seems to be all about attracting Apple buyers by replicating its notch technology and integrating it cleanly into the Android ecosystem. So it won't be necessary that all the Android phones will be making the notch product.

Other notable features include support for varying form factors, such as foldable phones and multi-display devices.

Apple has done a good job in implementing the notch on iPhone X and designing the operating system accordingly. At last count, versions 8.0 and 8.1 were found on just over 1 percent of all Android devices.

Today's report also indicates that Google Assistant will be playing an even bigger role moving forward.

However, the iPhone X is not the only smartphone that comes with a notch. This has me a bit concerned about the Pixel 3 as someone who's not a fan of notch-style screens, but Google apparently sees some sort of value in them if it wants to devote the time and resources to support phones like this. Google will work on the software whereas other partner companies will work on the hardware. A range of Android manufacturers has already launched smartphones featuring the "notch" on the top such as the Essential Phone. By my estimates, we'll also probably see further Assistant improvements this year, but it remains unclear exactly what.

Given that most phones have to wait to receive new Android updates, the "P" in Android P will essentially stand for Pixel.

As some final tidbits, Bloomberg also notes that Android P will improve battery life and fragmentation will still be a steep battle for Google.