Google heard Pixel 3 XL owners like notches, so a fresh glitch adds a second one

Google heard Pixel 3 XL owners like notches, so a fresh glitch adds a second one
There have been a number of things wrong with (way too) many Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL units, ranging from third-party fast wireless charging limitations to various sound issues and an especially inconvenient memory management bug, but nothing could have ever prepared Google’s hardcore fans for the latest software malfunction.

This doesn’t seem to be quite as widespread as all the others and, while it looks pretty bad (not to mention hilarious), it’s really not that serious, reportedly going away on its own after a device reboot or a few minor changes made in the Pixel 3 XL’s developer settings menu.

As spotted by Android Police in multiple Twitter posts, a handful of Google Pixel 3 XL users have been randomly experiencing some double notch action of late. Not to be confused with the old double dongle maneuver, this happens when a virtual side notch emerges out of nowhere to “complement” the physical screen cutout of the stock Android-powered 6.3-incher.

Google heard Pixel 3 XL owners like notches, so a fresh glitch adds a second one

The glitch may sound like a (particularly cruel) prank or an incredibly far-fetched hoax, but the search giant behind the making of the divisive Pixel 3 XL has already confirmed it’s a thing with a fix on the way.

Until a new software update arrives, those affected by one of the weirdest bugs in smartphone history should try restarting their devices or simply rotating them to landscape and back. At the same time, it might not be a bad idea to think how two or three notches would look on the Pixel 4. After all, this is the future, right?

Jokes aside, it’s pretty much impossible to take the Pixel 3 XL seriously anymore. The size of its (actual) notch and that price tag were already hard to swallow, but all these kinks and snags are making a purchase outright absurd. Android enthusiasts should just pick something else and learn to live with a slower updating pace.

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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 128 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh

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36 Comments

1. Sakeem

Posts: 853; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Comical at this point.

15. lyndon420

Posts: 6276; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

It was comical when they named it Pixel lol. Should've kept the Nexus alive.

25. piyath

Posts: 2443; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Lolzzzzzzzzzzz this is way too hysterical... Poor pixel

2. kryme

Posts: 462; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Yaaaaaay two notch..... need a third one

27. worldpeace

Posts: 3049; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Go to developers option, and enable bottom notch.

28. worldpeace

Posts: 3049; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And I'm not even jokinghttps://i.imgur.com/KMv5oXo.png

3. kennybenny

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

The amount of issues with the Pixels should warrant a recall...... There should not be a phone with this many issues..... I think the Pixels should cost no more than $700 CAD because you're basically buying a phone with beta software.

17. Awalker

Posts: 1954; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I'm not sure why you're concerned about the cost of the phone. No one is forcing you to buy it.

30. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 881; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Well. Software issues can be resolved easily without recalling the phones.

4. Subie

Posts: 2234; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

To bad the glitch didn't add an equal notch to all 4 sides. Then Google could have claimed it was all about symmetry...

5. maherk

Posts: 6542; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's amazing how much the media and especially YT reviewers try to protect Google by ignoring all these software and hardware issues Pixel/Nexus phones always seem to face. Go to XDA and Reddit, and check how many forums talking about Pixel phones slowing down after few months of owning them, yet YT reviewers want to give us this deceiving image about stock Android and how flawless it is.

10. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The Vanilla Android lover's are just as crazy as iOS fans. They both pay alot to have less and then try to make less seem better. I can't stand vanilla Android. I would rather have iOS instead and that's not saying much.

16. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I like how you LITERALLY cannot post without referencing Apple, TechieXP.

21. ChicagoBorn

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

That’s not Techie. You can tell it’s Techie because of his grammar which is a lot worse than the person you responded too.

33. rouyal

Posts: 1541; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

It’s rebranded “techsceptic” he also had accounts before that I can’t remember what they were called. But even now he runs around the site with multiple accounts. You can always tell it’s him from 1. Poor grammar 2. Unhealthy obsessive disdain for Apple 3. Thinks Samsung is flawless 4. Writes essays about Apple 5. Responds by typing out the same thing, just reworded.

35. Blazers

Posts: 684; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Plus Techie XP always writes these long-winded, boring posts that will guarantee that even the biggest insomniac falls asleep.

23. maherk

Posts: 6542; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Expect from him an essay telling you how many Apple products he owns and how he doesn't care about Samsung. Just wait for it.

29. rouyal

Posts: 1541; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

But this phone has such a high resolution screen so it’s totally worth it tho, right?

18. Awalker

Posts: 1954; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It's not about ignoring anything. They're basing it on their own experience with the device. Most people are not having those problems so they're not going to say they're having problems. And no one says stock Android or Google's version of Android is flawless. They just describe it as their preference compared to other skins.

22. maherk

Posts: 6542; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Again, forums speaks volumes that even Pixel phones does slow down after a while unless you go and wipe the cache. It's the same lie we have been fed by them that Apple phones runs flawlessly for years and years, and never admitted to all the software issues iPhone faces as time goes on until the whole battery gate. No OS is perfect, and EVERY OS slows down after a while, but there's always a workaround to make them work like they did as day one.

24. Awalker

Posts: 1954; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

That has nothing to do with my comment. As I said before they're not reporting problems because they're not experiencing problems with their device. I have both the Pixel and Pixel 2. My phones haven't slowed down and I don't have to wipe the cache. That has been my experience. The people who are having problems are explaining their problems on forums. And you can't gauge from a forum how big or small a problem is. These people may only represent a miniscule portion of the people who bought the devices or a large portion but who the hell would know that?

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21022; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m a fan of certain stock Android smartphones, but stock Android itself is certainly not flawless. Pixel smartphones have been a testament to that since they’ve launched, with the myriad of issues they’ve had. This latest one is truly comical.

26. JC557

Posts: 1913; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Kinda like the way Samsung fanboys protect their company by excusing or hand waving away any issues with them especially the bloat and built up lag.

31. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 881; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Nobody protecting Google. That happens with Apple. Apple dictates that you are using your phone wrong. Google is fixing it with update.

34. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Are you implying Apple doesn't fix bugs with their updates kabhijeet?

6. kratos47

Posts: 16; Member since: May 27, 2015

Pixel 2 XL was an awesome phone but Google takes the L with this one.

7. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

This is why I will never own a basic Google phone running Android. The original Nexus was the best phone I had at the time. Every phone Google has done since has been garbage. Not that the Nexus One was all that great. It's just these later phones are far worse. Vanilla Android is too lame brains.

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6276; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

My Nexus 6 was great until the battery finally failed. If swappable batteries were standard I'd still be using it.

8. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 395; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Owning a Pixel 3 XL I have no problems.

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3084; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

This is just straight pure comedy LOOOOOOL xD

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