Monday in CE: Android P Will Embrace Notch as iPhone X Clones Materialize
Despite an alarmingly low 1% of Android users actually using the latest Oreo build, Google is already being rumored about what Android P has in store.
Fragmentation of Android updates isn't that big a deal as many devices were optimized with their release version. Forcing outdated hardware to run new operating systems was the root of Apple's headaches with their battery throttle scandal, and even their user base remains split - albeit much less dramatically.
So what juicy leaks do we have about the newest version in the works? Well, there is the main goal of "improving the look of the software" to appeal to iPhone users. Apple came out swinging with a complete overhaul of their interface, using floating cards and gestures to move through the phone.
As a whole, the market is seeing less bezel and more creative placement of the camera. The Essential Phone was one such venture, even if it never made it off the ground, with a non-traditional camera notch. Also rumored to be part of Android P is better support for different form factors of Android devices, with features like multiple screens (like the ZTE Axon M) and foldable displays (which Samsung is rumored to be working on for later this year).
The bigger problem is still getting more users on the same page with Android builds, but maybe Google has the right idea leaving the market fragmented to best suit their needs. After all, Windows XP is still the third most used operating system in the world and it's old enough to drive.
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