Google demands: only one notch per edge, two in total per device

A smartphone with a list of notch options on its display

They include limits on notches, or "cutouts", and specifications on where they can exist on the device.

Phone designers were apparently going overboard if Google had prevent them from putting in three or more.

First, devices must ensure that their cutouts do not negatively affect apps. One of them is that there will be no more than two cutouts on a device and another is that there will be no cutout on the left or right long edge of the device.

The point of this whole exercise is so that apps don't have trouble in displaying. So quick that Google felt compelled to step in and limit the number of screen cutouts allowed. This design has risen in popularity since late previous year, helping usher in an era of 18:9 and 19:9 screen aspect ratios.

While Google hasn't made a phone with a notch (at least not yet), the folks over in Mountain View have been working on adding support for sensor cutouts into the next version of Android.

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In an effort to make sure that Android apps work across a variety of different devices, especially those that are starting to toy with design a bit more, the system is created to handle things automatically. We already know that Android P is expected to offer official operating system-level support for the display notch - also known as a cutout - as well.

In one of the latest posts on the Android Developer Blog, Google has outlined all the methods to implement the notch for various apps. How about two or more?

In fullscreen or landscape orientation, the entire cutout area must be letterboxed. This gives app developers the power to account for notches during the design process. For that, Android P beta devices with a cutout like the Essential PH-1 are recommended.

Oppo's high-end Find X phone: Full screen, no notch but will you like pop-up camera? . Only two notches on smartphones, with support for one at the top and one at the bottom. Whether you love it or hate it, here are eight examples of phones with carved-out front tabs. Basically, it's the new Coke of Android screens. It's a phone that can compete with the best and launches at a price a bit less than the Galaxy S9 Plus.

Since Apple released the notch, there has been much derision cast toward the feature. So far, the most popular solution is a screen cutout.

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