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Pixel 3 to have these features after all

Pixel 3 to have these features after all

The back of the phone seems to be made of glass this time around, hinting at the possibility of wireless charging support.

Active Edge allows users to launch Google Assistant and also silence calls by giving the sides of the phone a squeeze. meraz9000 said when he squeezed the Pixel 3 XL it vibrated. If you're not satisfied, there is the Edge Sense Plus app that will let you customize the Pixel 2 Active Edge. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 can run the SideSqueeze app while the Xiaomi Mi 5's MIUI 8.2.2 menu shows "Edge control" on the menu.

This design directly complements a report by Bloomberg which describes the same details for Google's Pixel XL smartphone.

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Otherwise, you're going to notice a lot of similarities from the Pixel 2, so we know Google won't be making a huge departure in the design department. The Active Edge feature works similar to that of the HTC's squeeze gesture found is HTC U11 and U11+. While these might not exactly be 100% confirmation, new evidence suggests that the Google Pixel 3 might at least have these two features, the latter of which has been a recent point of contention. It was a feature last seen on Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 until the company chose to drop the feature for the Nexus 6P and 5X. The Active Edge could be removed the same way Google removed the headphone jack from the Pixel 2 line even when it was known to criticize Apple when such was removed from iPhone.

Aside from these, the Pixel 3, specifically the Pixel 3 XL, is expected to support a taller than usual notch. It would have been easier to guess the presence of the Active Edge if HTC is working on it.

It also looks like the Google Pixel 3 XL will keep its aluminum build and that means no wireless charging for the 2018 model as well. This is revealed by the fact that the source code has several mentions of wireless chargers, combined with the preface com.google instead of com.android.


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