Google likely 'borrowing' iPhone X notch with upcoming Android update

Postado Fevereiro 15, 2018

The update which is due out later this year, sees Google overhauling its Android operating system with longer battery life and new designs, layouts, and icons to look more modern and "like the iPhone". Users having low end phones are mostly going to benefit from these Go apps. Much of the update has been specifically focused around Nexus and Pixel handsets - Google's own devices, if you will - and as such, Nexus and Pixel users will likely be the ones most interested in seeing what changes are incoming. If Google does embrace the so-called notch with its OS, it could eat into Apple's high-end dominance. In fact, it's not even compatible with all Android devices, although the list of supported devices might expand in the coming weeks.

Similar to the iPhone X, Android smartphone manufacturers will reportedly place cameras and other sensors in the new cutouts.

The Iphone X notch coming to Androids won't be entirely new, however, as some China-made phones have already incorporated the design into their phones.

The operating system refresh, Android P, will emphasise Google's Assistant, a digital helper that competes with Apple's Siri and Amazon.com Inc's Alexa.

The other significant step forward will be deeper integration of Google Assistant enabling the app developers also to use the technology in their apps.

The dramatic redesign will be a contrast this year to the iPhone's operating system, which will lack a clear outward-facing upgrade in favour of system improvements for performance and reliability, Bloomberg News has reported. Internally, Google is calling the latest one Pistachio Ice Cream, but the company typically uses different official names, the people also said.