Android P DP1: Google ruins notchless screens by stopping status bar notification icons halfway

With Android P, Google has officially acknowledged the upcoming ubiquitous trend of screens with notches. The operating system allows applications to take full advantage of the single screen, while the clock has been moved to the left. However, for now, this support comes at the expense of existing notchless phones.

When a status bar overflows with notifications on Android, Google has long displayed a small dot to signal that there are more icons than can fit. Up to three dots can be displayed before users lose count of how many notifications they have.

With a notch in the middle of the status bar, it makes sense that the notification icons on these devices stop halfway.

However, this behavior is even applied to devices without a notch on Android P DP1. On the Pixel 2, notifications start truncating after just four icons in the status bar. With the three dots, only a maximum of seven notifications can be displayed in which restricts the status bar considerably.

This virtual placement of a pseudo-notch on normal screens is likely just a bug associated with the first developer preview. However, if not, it would be a poor use of space that would penalize full-screen devices for no real reason.

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