It is possible to hide the big Google Pixel 3 XL notch

The Google Pixel 3 XL is finally official, and like it or not, it has a big notch up-top.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Google Pixel 3 XL has a notch.
  • The Google Pixel 3 XL also has that option, but for now, it is part of the phone’s developer settings.

The Google Pixel 3 XL is finally official, and like it or not, it has a big notch up-top. This is a growing trend among Android phones, but the good part about most Android phones is that they let users have the option to hide the notch. The Google Pixel 3 XL also has that option, but for now, it is part of the phone’s developer settings. In short, the process to the hide the notch in the Google Pixel 3 XL, isn’t exactly very user-friendly. It isn’t exactly very useful either which is obvious considering that it’s more like a work-around designed for developers for testing purposes rather than being what you can call a finished product for the masses.

Right now, if you opt to hide the notch in the Google Pixel 3 XL from the developer settings, it creates a big black bar at the top. Normally, most Android phones trying to do that, house status icons within the black bar which looks pretty as well as saves you some space. The Google Pixel 3 XL, on the contrary, shifts your status icons a step below which means that it creates an all-new layer below the black bar taking up space and thereby defeating the whole purpose of a near bezel-free phone. At least that is what it does for now when you choose to hide its notch through the developer menu.

Google’s Made by Google Twitter handle gives some hope that the company is probably working on an actual setting to opt in or out of the notch. Or probably it is specifying what is already there, we can’t be sure. “For people who prefer a more traditional smartphone look, we’ve added an option to hide the display cutout (the notch),” notes Google. Unless Google wants every Google Pixel 3 XL user to hunt for the option in developer settings and even then be offered a solution which isn’t full-proof, it should work on something more than just another work-around and potential buyers would be hoping for that.

The Made by Google tweet comes as a response to a user query that carries with it images of the Poco F1 and how the phone allows users to hide the notch. Which brings us to another user query, “can you disable the gesture navigation like the Pixel 2 or do you have to use it? In response, Google has confirmed that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones will only ship with only gesture-based navigation and it won’t be possible to change this, like it is in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL running Android 9 Pie.

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