According to Bloomberg, Google will embrace the controversial notch that sits atop the iPhone X in some of the upcoming Android phones. Bloomberg also notes that Google’s latest software, Android P, was designed in mind to lure people away from Apple with an improved look, though a poor imitation of iOS could alienate both fanbases.
There is no mention of which phones Google plans to integrate the notch with. Google doesn’t have the same authority over phone hardware the way Apple does. If the manufacturer decides to include a notch into their design, Google will do its best to support it with complementing software.
A notch in Android phones would seemingly disrupt the natural order of the status bar that tells you the battery level, time, signal strength, etc, and the flurry of notifications. The options for accommodating the notch are to make the icons smaller, instituting two separate bars for notifications and phone information, or revamping the bar entirely.
Android P is rumored to have Google Assistant “more tightly” integrated into its software, possibly within the search bar on the home screen. This would be done in an effort to compete with similar AI like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. Google may be planning on letting third-party developers include the use of Google Assistant in their apps. The latest Android update will provide better battery life and again, support unique displays like the ZTE Axon M.
Of course, not all Androids are created equal, and the majority of them have not been able to install the latest Oreo update, which makes it even more unlikely that the Android P update will trickle down anything beyond the Google Pixel. If we’re going by last year’s Oreo timeline, we can expect more details to be released in Spring and at Google’s I/O event on May 8th, 2018.