Google’s first Android P release packs notch support, iOS-like quick toggles, more [Gallery]

Google launched the first Developer Preview for Android P yesterday, and while you can find extensive coverage of all of its features at 9to5Google, there are several features included that might feel familiar to iOS users. The new release packs support for iPhone X-style notches, a redesigned notifications menu with iOS-like quick settings toggles, and more.

The most obvious and most talked-about feature coming to the next major version of Android is OS-level support for notched displays. While the iPhone X is certainly the most famous example, the Android-powered Essential Phone was actually the device that kicked off the trend last year.

Regardless of your stance on the notch, it appears that many more Android device makers are planning to launch flagship devices in 2018 with a notch. Appropriately, Android P makes it easy for developers to take full advantage of these displays, with Android now “managing status bar height to separate your content from the cutout.”

The implementation on Android seems just slightly different from that of iOS. In portrait mode, notched displays will have an extended status bar that will take up the space to the left and right of the notch. Meanwhile, landscape video will display with a black bar on the left side unless developers implement the option to “embrace the notch”.

Along with this, Google has restricted the number of notification icons that can be shown thanks to this new notch-supported design, has relocated the clock to the left side of the display, and has also added an option for developers to simulate what these notched displays might look like.

In just about every Android release, Google revamps the way notifications are handled. That’s the case again with Android P, which packs some changes to the system focus on increased visibility and functionality. Specifically, Android P has support for notifications showing conversations, photos, stickers, and smart replies.

But the more interesting user-facing design change, here, is the new redesigned quick settings toggles. The buttons have been redesigned to be rounded and very flat in design, very similar to the look they had in the days of iOS 7, 8, 9, and 10. You can visit our hands-on post for a more in-depth look at these new toggles.