Eversince the advent of full screen bezel-less display the notches have been playing the spoilsport. The display notch gained notoriety after appearing on the iPhone X and since then it has been borrowed by a handful of Android devices. Vivo has come up with a conceptual motorised selfie camera to remove the notch while recently a Chinese smartphone manufacturer by the name Doogee has reinvented the sliding mechanism to hide the notch. Essential on the other hand has introduced something subtle yet useful.
Essential’s Oreo 8.1 Build 141 update includes a new “Essential notch settings” which will allow users to customize the notch for every app or set a new notch rule for all the apps. The new feature can be found by heading over to Settings>System>Developer options>Essential notch settings (make sure to enable the Developer options.) Essential PH 1 users will be able to choose from three options. “Essential Recommended” option is tailored by the phone makers and they have choosen a specific rule for each of the apps. “Dont use notch area in landscape” will ensure that nothing is rendered right under the notch in landscape mode.
Yet another option “Always use notch area” will revert back to the default settings wherein the phone will use the notch area for all the applications. The new features work on streaming services like Netflix and Kindle, but the same is not true with YouTube. On YouTube the edge of the display is cut off. Google has implemented the zoom-to-fill mode on the Pixel 2 XL but the same is not yet available on Essential PH 1.
Do you want to get rid of the irksome notch on your phone? Well, check out this nifty little app that lets you do so. On a related note it would be interesting to see how smartphone manufacturers will solve the notch issue and whether the solution will be robust and sustainable.