“The iPhone X screen cutout could be renamed the Android notch because so many devices running Google’s OS are including one. Enough that new rules prevent overuse. “
The Notch in the iPhone X drew heavy attraction when this device was first announced, but the makers of Android phones have been quick to hold it. So quick that Google felt compelled to step in and limitation on the number of screen cutouts allowed.
Phone designers were apparently going overboard if Google had prevent them from putting in three or more.
Why the notch is necessary?
Screen cutouts are designed to solve a problem. Everyone wants their smartphone’ s screen to cover as much of the screen of their device as possible. But designers still have to find a place for the front-facing camera and the phone’s earpiece, whether they run iOS or Android. So far, the most popular solution is a screen cutout.
Obviously Apple put one in the iPhone X, and that model has been the most successful that all the 2018 iPhone model are expected to include one.
There are 16 mobile with Android operating system devices with screen cutouts from 11 manufacturers, according to Google. Huawei and LG have embraced the concept, but Samsung is still working on it.
Limiting Android notch proliferation
So far, all of the phones officially announced, whether iOS or Android, have a single notch. But Google in future day when there’ll be more, and limited how many can be included.
“You won’t see multiple cutouts on a single edge, or more than two cutouts on a device,” says a post on the official Android Developer Blog by Megan Potoski, Product Manager, Android System UI.
And notches can only be on the short edge of the display screen. “You won’t see a cutout on the left or right long edge of the device,” wrote Potoski.
Apparently, some Android phone designers were thinking that if one is good, two is better, and three or more is best of all.