Android P leak says Google improving notch design support, more deeply integrating Assistant

Essential Phone notch design

Android P is expected to be teased at Google I/O later this year, but details of the update have started trickling out today.

Google will reportedly update Android to better utilize notch designs on smartphones, like the one found on the iPhone X and the Essential Phone. Details on Google’s plans are light, but Bloomberg says that Google is hoping this move will get more iPhone owners to consider switching to Android.

Also said to be coming in Android P is deeper Google Assistant integration. Google is considering integrating Assistant into Android’s home screen search bar and allowing developers to integrate Assistant into their third-party apps.

Finally, the name. Each version of Android gets a dessert nickname, with each new version moving one letter down the alphabet. Android 8.0 is Oreo, and internally, Google is referring to Android P as “Pistachio Ice Cream”. Google may opt for a different dessert when it launches Android P to the public, though.

Android P is going to be another major release for Google, and it’ll be interesting to see how the company embraces the notch design that we’ve seen on the iPhone X and Essential Phone. Besides trying to woo iPhone owners over to Android, this move will be a smart one because we’re sure to see more Android phones launch with a notch in the near future, like the Huawei P20.

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