Google’s line of Pixel phones is known mostly for what they take away. They proudly ship with stock Android rather than the “optimized” variants that companies like Samsung ship. They receive regular security updates to ensure fewer long-lasting security bugs, though Google has taken steps to improve the update situation on partner devices as well, over the years. Now, just weeks after the debut of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google is at it again, giving users more of what they always wanted by giving them less.
This secret developer preview of an unintentional bug a new hidden capability proves that all the kerfuffle over Google allowing you to hide the notch on Pixel 3 devices was fundamentally misplaced. Google doesn’t want to hide the notch. It wants to cynically save money over Apple by shipping devices that seem to have actual displays until you turn them on. Only then does the dastardly ploy reveal itself.
— UrAvgConsumer (@UrAvgConsumer) October 24, 2018
Clear-eyed users quickly took to Twitter, using Photoshop to uncover the horrible truth:
Fixed it for you: pic.twitter.com/Wz1Dpgcgen
— Jason Nellis ♼ (@jasonnellis) October 24, 2018
Android Police reports that Google has told the company it’s aware of the problem and that a fix is coming soon. To which we boldly say: “Why is this a problem?” Why, in the Year of Our Lord 2018, is it so difficult to buy a smartphone that mimics the look of a series of manilla folders?
We demand more notch. MOAR NOTCH.
In all seriousness, the “more notch” bug is something Google is aware of and a fix is on the way. The problem, should it happen to your handset, can be cleared with a reboot, apparently. Joking aside, this isn’t triggered by any developer menu and we seriously doubt Google has any plans to introduce a phone with six notches unless Apple does it first.
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