The Google Pixel 3 will bundle a squeezable frame like the Google Pixel 2, if a line of code uncovered in the Android P Beta is anything to go by.
XDA Developers did a bit of digging and managed to unearth a reference linking Blueline and Crosshatch, the not-so-secret codenames assigned to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, to a modified build of Active Edge bundled in the latest Android P Beta.
Active Edge is a feature that debuted on the Pixel 2, affording users the option to toggle Google Assistant by squeezing the handset’s frame. It can also be used to silent alerts, while some aftermarket tweaks expand the functionality even further.
The most popular add-on transforms Active Edge into the Edge Sense feature found on the HTC U11, introducing the option to remap the frame, letting users launch different applications by applying different levels of pressure to the frame.
Related: Android P
Last week, a collection of leaked hands-on images surfaced online showcasing the Google Pixel 3 XL from all angles, corroborating almost everything we’ve heard about the unit to date, including that it features a notch-clad edge-to-edge screen.
It’s also expected to come with a dual-camera on the front. It’s unclear what role the second sensor will adopt, although some rumour-spinners have speculated that it will drive a face-recognition feature that’s equipped to rival Apple’s Face ID.
The biggest news, however, is that the Pixel 3 XL has a glass back and that’s important because it’s one of the main requirements for wireless charging – something fans have been requesting since the original Pixel launched in 2016.
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