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With more smartphones starting to adopting full screen designs, it is inevitable that we start seeing more of the notch design. Google is aware of this and in Android P, it seems that Google’s intention is to make Android more notch-friendly, and a recent photo seems to reveal why.

Now obviously making Android more notch-friendly means OEMs have more flexibility when it comes to design, but a recent post on Slashleaks (via Pocketnow) has revealed the alleged front panel of the upcoming Pixel 3 XL, and lo-and-behold, there is a notch. The photo also shows off the smaller Pixel 3’s front panel which seems to skip on the notch, and while the size differences are obvious, we can imagine that had Google gone with a bezel design, it would have made the phone a lot bigger.

That being said, it is unclear as to how accurate this leak is, but like we said given that Android P is meant to make Android more notch-friendly, it is possible that its inclusion might have been with the Pixel phones in mind. The reason why we’re seeing more notched phones is because in order to make a phone full screen, there needs to be a place for the speaker, front camera, and other sensors to go.

The notch is usually where they reside and this varies in size from Android manufacturer to Android manufacturer. Take this leak with a grain of salt for now, but the Pixel 3 handsets are expected to be announced later this year so hopefully we’ll have more details then.

Filed in Cellphones >Rumors. Read more about Google and Pixel 3.

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