Google confirms the Pixel 3 XL's notch can be hidden via software

Google confirms the Pixel 3 XL's notch can be hidden via software
The Google Pixel 3 XL’s notch. A design feature that has stood out since the very beginning for all the wrong reasons. Some even called it a step backward from the Pixel 2 XL’s design. But thankfully, Google appears to have listened to these criticisms.

When asked through Twitter yesterday if the Pixel 3 XL’s notch could be hidden, Google initially avoided the question by stating that the design element allows it to include the new selfie camera setup and the stereo speakers. Additionally, it even claimed that its notch-to-display ratio is smaller than many other top competitors. However, when provided with an image of Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1 which does include the option, Google confirmed that it has added an option to hide the display cutout for “people who prefer a more traditional smartphone look.”

This new option essentially turns the Pixel 3 XL into last year’s Pixel 2 XL, albeit a version with a slightly larger display. After all, while the notch can be hidden, the screen real estate on either side of it is still used for displaying notifications, time, battery level, and the usual Wi-Fi and mobile network signal graphs.

On a related note, Google interestingly confirmed yesterday that it also tried to include a notch on the smaller Pixel 3 but, ultimately, hardware restrictions related to the stereo speakers and the selfie cameras forced it to scrap the idea. Moving forward, though, this does suggest that all future Pixels could include the design element.

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Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh

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29 Comments

1. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Or like what Timmy did with that deceptive wall paper on their advertisements.

16. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The IPhones don't give you an option to hide the notch. Apple doesn't even give its developers the option to not support the notch, or your iOS will be rejected. Android gives you options and controls for almost anything. Why compare Android to a restricted and limiting OS like iOS.

17. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Because iOS is better in every single way! Oops! I think you may have just gotten some malware or a virus on your Android device! LMAO!

22. Ali888

Posts: 101; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

Both OS's is a matter of needs and personal taste, and i prefer android because of my needs. I don't hate on anyone who prefers IOS, but you and your aggressive, annoying, and borderline religious comments bother me so much

2. JCASS889

Posts: 619; Member since: May 18, 2018

i do not care what people say, even if its "hidden" it is still there and is visible. and why put a notch just to put an option to hide it.

7. joshuaswingle

Posts: 669; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Because even if it's hidden, the screen real estate increases.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Believe it or not, some people actually like notch design, and think it's cool or something.

11. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

to me the "hidden" notch looks cool, like there is a second display just for notifications and clock, battery, etc. as long as the video doesn't zoomed in to the notch, it's all good. i rarely zoom-in on my S8 anyway, videos look weird and get cut. but the notch on the 3 XL is too deep/thick, and the chin is very thick too.

18. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

#EmbraceTheNotch #CopyTheNotchFromApple

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I think every body prefers the "traditional smartphone look".

19. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

NO they don't! Stop making things up!

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

So notch, thick bezel when hidden and chin? Bad and ugly design!

5. mel0524

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

If this will be hidden. The screen size will reduce to atleast half an each :( and that will be a big No No for users love big screen!

20. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Make sense you MORON!

6. midan

Posts: 3126; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I still don't know why you would want to hide the notch, well that's one horrible notch :) but overall, is here users who are hiding the notch with their current notch phone? Why you want to have thick bezel and hide the screen with black?

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Because the screen in the horns is irrelevant with exception of status bar, just like iPhone and others. You aren't loading the status bar by hitting it. Hiding it will make the usable screen more symmetrical to that huge chin. Not for me because a unibrow of any kind is incredibly lazy design but this makes sense.

10. gamehead unregistered

Couldve just made a normal looking phone

12. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Best way to hide it - don't buy it. Google could have done much better. Notch with purpose is one thing. Huge notch for negligible, if any, benefit, is pointless.

13. Fireman111886

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

It would be way better if one can hide the notch but the icons staying in that area therefore leaving the screen that much bigger. If the icons get pushed down into the screen when the notch is hidden it will decrease screen real estate.

21. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

You comment makes no sense!! WTH are on? And can I have some?

14. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Loving this notch. I think I might have to trim my notch a bit to show how much I love it.

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