Sorry, Android. You can’t have more than two notches

We'll know more as Android P potentially goes official later this month and more notch-y phones, including the Pixel 3 XL come out this year.

In one of the latest posts on the Android Developer Blog, Google has outlined all the methods to implement the notch for various apps. It is aimed at developers on how to optimize their applications to make good use of the notch.

As for where Google says these notches can be located, so long as there aren't multiple cutouts on a single edge (top or bottom sides) or cutouts on the left or right long edge of phones, it's all fair game for manufacturers. In a move that most Android users will surely consider a blessing, the company has said that handset manufacturers should include no more than two notches on a device, they can only appear at the top and bottom of the screen, and a screen edge may only feature a single notch.

While the majority of the blog post aims to help developers make their apps compatible with notched phone designs, Google briefly mentions a few restrictions Android P will place on device makers themselves. Google states that "the app's window is allowed to extend into the cutout area if the cutout is fully contained within a system bar". The other is that the entire cutout area must be letterboxed in fullscreen or landscape mode. This gives app developers the power to account for notches during the design process. But it's always possible we see some insane designs with a lot of different notches from a manufacturer that doesn't have to follow those rules.

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