Google is reportedly going to focus on “improving the look of the software” with Android P. According to a report by Bloomberg, the company is also planning to improve the integration of notches for smartphones. That’s likely in anticipation of more phones like the Essential Phone. That may be a good idea, since Android OEMs do tend to embrace features used by Apple, even when they’re not universally accepted.
If the backlash over Snapchat’s recent redesign is any indication, Google could face backlash from users.
Furthermore, Google is expected to improve features on the Assistant for Android as well. Android P is expected to be announced at Google I/O in May this year. The fact that Google is looking at redesigning the software could be a good thing. On the other hand, that could also mean a radical revamp of the UI, which could add a learning curve to the system. If the backlash over Snapchat’s recent redesign is any indication, Google could face backlash from users.
Apple is also said to be working on a radical redesign of its iOS software this year. It’s likely that the company will also revamp iOS to embrace the notch, and allow apps to better adapt to an edge-to-edge screen.