Leaks Show Google Pixel 3 XL to Sport iPhone X-like Notch

Google’s flagship phone will take a leaf out of iPhone X’s book and sport a notch on its display.

(Image Credit: SlashLeaks)

There are quite a few rumours out on how the new Pixel 3 XL’s display will look. But they do point to one thing: a notch that is similar to the iPhone X.

A leaked image from Slashleaks shows two tempered glasses designed for the Pixel 3 series. On the right is the Pixel 3, suggesting that it will adopt the same design language as its predecessor. On the other hand, its larger brother looks like it will not be ditching the notch after all.

It has since been speculated that the next-generation Pixel devices will have a notch. This was because Android P now supports the feature.

Another report also supports the notch rumour, this time from Bloomberg. According to the report, one of Google’s next marquee phones will have that infamous cutout on the top of its screen.

Additionally, it is also anticipated to have an edge-to-edge screen with only a bottom bezel. People “familiar with the matter” also told Bloomberg that the notch on the Pixel 3 XL will house two front-facing cameras.

Google has been known to release their flagship phones in October. It won’t be surprising if the search giant follows the same schedule this year when they announce the latest in the Pixel series.


Google’s New Android P: Simple, Adaptive, Powerful and Energy Efficient

Google I/O 2018 was mostly focused on improving Google Assistant, Maps and the News app that keeps you abreast and tackles fake news to boot. But a lot of improvements on the Android operating system, the Android P were overlooked as Duplex, the human-like voice too center stage. Note that the Android P is not Fuchsia, something designed to be a universal Operating System of sorts. But it IS predictive and ambitious in many ways. Even as it adapts to you and anticipates what you are likely to do (e.g. Suggested Actions), it also offers tools that allow you to “disconnect”. It can be downloaded not just for Pixel and Nexus but also for flagship phones of Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, Essential and Sony, among others.

Google claims that Android P, at the forefront of AI and machine-learning, is all about Intelligence, Simplicity, and Well-being. One of the things it tackles is battery life, for which Google partnered with Deep-Minds to improve longevity; something which Apple had an upper hand in the past. Interestingly, this battery “spending” adapts to your own usage patterns. In short, it prioritizes apps which are often used or considered important. It has a 60% success rate in predicting and does so in an energy efficient way. For instance, its feature “App Action” adjusts screen brightness for you, based on your former preferences. Not only is it power-efficient, it second-guesses which app you are about to launch and what action you are likely to take. It has absolutely gone from “Hey, Google” to predicting your next step.

It has also streamlined user interface in an attempt to make your increasingly complex digital life to something simpler and organized. Even searching is no longer overwhelming with so many “hits”. This time with “Slice” the search ferrets back the most relevant to you in the context of what concerns you most from apps installed on your phone. For instance, typing “Lyft” will interactively give you the price it takes to get to work and such – and you don’t have to get out of search into the Lyft app because you can now order your ride from there. Neat, huh?

And if that’s not enough, Android P also has ML Kit, a new set of API that will enable:

  • Image labeling
  • Text recognition
  • Face detection
  • Barcode scanning
  • Landmark detection and
  • Smart reply

What else can it do? Beyond powerful productivity and energy efficiency, Google wants to give you more time by understanding your habits. And the really ambitious part is that it will let you “focus on what matters, switch off, and wind down.” The Android dashboard gives you a mini-analytics on how you are spending your time. Google hopes that this awareness will give you a good idea on how to balance your time – something essential for digital addicts!

Believe it or not, it also attempts to carve personal space for you with the gesture-driven “Shush” that’s essentially a NO DISTURB sign. It’s as easy as turning over your phone, face-down to shut yourself from calls, texts or pings. But it does compromise with starred contacts who are let through even when on Shush mode. And “Wind Down”? It’s something we all need -including you. Your phone calls it a night when you do. And that’s a wrap!



Android P Will Have Gesture Controls Similar to iPhone X

Google may have inadvertently leaked a major feature of the new Android P.

It seems that Google may be doing a facepalm right about now for possibly exposing the new Android P feature in a blog post by accident.

The post, which recaps a security feature, had a screenshot of the DNS settings with a brand new-looking navigation bar. The current Android P built had a solid white back button, a circular home button and a square recent apps button. The screenshot showed a hollow back button and a pill-shaped home button. The recent apps button is missing.

The image has since been removed and replaced with a cropped version of the DNS settings. But not before eagle-eyed people were able to save it.

Rumour has it that the unfamiliar-looking bar is going to be similar to the iPhone X-style gesture navigation.

9to5Google’s Stephen Hall tells Arstechnica that it’s definitely ‘100%’ Android gesture navigation according to his sources. The back button will disappear when not needed such as when a dialog box is open.

It’s worth noting that this could possibly not make it past the development stage and Google could still change the design. If it does make it, we will probably hear about it at Google’s upcoming I/O on May 8-10.



Google: Android P To Have New Look, Embraces Notch

Search giant Google is now doing a major revamp on its Android P. This comes after the company has been struggling to market Oreo to Android users. In the latest survey, it was found out that only 1.1 percent of Android users are using Oreo.


Now, a fresh report has surfaced on Tuesday, saying Google is trying hard to improve the design of Android P. Google said that one of the main objectives of Android P is “to improve the looks of the software.”


Android P to have a new look and notch, according to Google

Having said that, Google is obviously trying to improve its platform hoping that it would convince iPhone users to switch over to Google. This would also mean that a better phone design would eventually help improve the phone’s image to stand out this year.


But other tech analysts said that if Google is serious about improving its platform. Then it would be putting the company on direct collision course with Apple. The Cupertino-based company’s iPhone X is a real stunner.


Google could buy this time to improve its phone and platform as Apple is trying to improve the performance and reliability of iOS 12. Aside from this, Google is also planning to design the recently updated mobile operating system. The new design would eventually integrate camera notches like on the iPhone X and Essential Phone.


Another rumor about Google’s Android P is that it would support various factors of Android devices. These include the multiple screens feature similar to ZTE Axon M including also the foldable displays similar to Samsung that is also rumored to working on this 2018.


And lastly, the search engine giant is expected to announce the Android P this coming March with a developer preview. The company would formally unveil Android P at a Google I/O come May with the final version of the software to be rolled out in all Google users globally.

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