Thursday in CE: Android P OS Embracing Notch Design, Suffocating Innovation
With a developer preview released yesterday, we are starting to get a better picture of what Android P will look like. Sans-quirky-name (for now at least) Android P will likely roll out with the newest Pixel later this year, and the developer version feels like a very limited beta.
But that doesn't mean we can't start making our own conclusions.
First and foremost, Android P addresses the notch. The developer version allows the OS to create a faux-notch so developers can see how their app will interact. Everything from a big bulky window to the Essential's camera dot is included so the next batch of apps know how they will react.
2018 "Notch" Trend pic.twitter.com/CLm9UGqFPr
— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) March 2, 2018
Love it or hate it, Apple disrupted the design of smartphones with their iPhone X notch. However, the iPhone X is the crossroads between truly bezel-less phones and a house for some really cool technology. Most Android phones are doing it because, well, Apple did. They don't hide some futuristic tech, they just want consumers to pick up a phone that looks like Apple's.
And it's honestly a shame that new and exciting phones such as the Asus Zenfone 5, LG G7, and the OnePlus 6 will all shamelessly produce clones hoping to get by on Apple's aesthetic and not their own merit.
Additionally, Android P will be the first Android OS that won't be coming to Nexus 5X and 6P. Google has said that these phones will get two years of support, three years of security updates, and the Nexus line has hit the two years of support. On the other hand, we have come a long way from the Nexus in terms of hardware, software, and even philosophies to a smartphone so that makes sense.
I know that manufacturers sound very morbid when they say phones won't get updates two years down the road, but after seeing the first round of cuts, it's starting to make sense. Some phones simply shouldn't get the latest updates. In my opinion, Google is doing a wonderful job addressing low phones and premium phones. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see phones even two years old continue to get updates but there needs to be a tombstone date.
And, with the way technology is moving, I can't blame Google.
Samsung Shows of 2018 QLED Lineup
Samsung has revealed its 2018 TV offerings, showcasing a line of premium QLED panels that are just as beautiful as they are functional. For the most part, the new offerings will feel more like slight upgrades to their 2017 line, keeping a lot of the same luxurious features that made it so attractive.
However, new sizes and a skillful ambient mode are new offerings that give these TV an edge in the ultra-competitive luxury TV market.
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