Other reported upgrades coming to Android P include longer battery life savings and an even larger role for Google's AI Assistant.
Making Android work with phones that look like the iPhone X is one way to woo iPhone users into switching to Android, according to the report's sources. While Android reportedly dominates the midrange and low-end smartphone market, Apple's iOS controls a large portion of the high-end market. On the flipside, supporting new designs can help satisfied buyers of Android phones remain loyal to the platform.
This doesn't mean that all phones running Android P will have notches, or multiple screens or displays that fold, but allowing Android to work seamlessly with new designs does make it easier for those that will.
There's also the possibility that Google is building this support into Android P because its next batch of Pixel phones have a notch design, but we won't know until much later in the year. Google's Pixel phones are usually the first to get the new Android OS, and as a result showcase the latest tricks and features.
Google officially reveals the latest version of Android at its I/O developer's conference from May 8 through May 10, so expect to hear more about the OS then.