Finally Google adding the ‘Hide Notch Option’ in Google Pixel 3 XL


This year’s Google Pixel 3 XL was surrounded by a lot of controversies because of its leaks. The biggest criticism it faced was the design choice, the Google engineers opted for Google’s latest flagship. Google Pixel 3 XL had the tallest notch in the smartphone market and many experts believed that it was by far the most unattractive smartphone in 2018. Adding insult to injury, Google did not give any option for hiding the notch in the Pixel 3 XL, unlike other android manufacturers. However, after a lot of criticism, Google has finally enabled the ‘hide notch option’ in the Pixel 3 XL. The announcement came via a tweet on Google’s Twitter account.

It’s an option that has been offered on a variety of other notched Android phones, including those from LG, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Huawei. But it’s nice to see Google offer the option here, too. As 9to5Google points out, there’s already the option to black out the notch in the existing Android Pie build hidden in the development menu, which may be what the original Google tweet was referring to. But hopefully, the company is adding something a little more user-friendly than digging in developer options for when the Pixel 3 hits stores.

It is still unknown if either side of the notch area during the ‘disappearing act’ will be used to show the status icon, clock, and notifications. Because during the testing the developer option have found Android Pie’s clock and other icons simply pushed down and placed below the added black bar.


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