Some Pixel 3 XL Devices Are Growing a Second Notch

Posted on October 29, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Google, Hardware, Android with 20 Comments

Google’s new Pixel 3 XL device comes with a notch, like many of the new phones coming out this year. Unlike other devices, though, Google’s notch on the Pixel 3 XL is quite large in comparison. And now there’s two of the same notch for some users.

A software bug on some Pixel 3 XL devices is resulting in the device growing a second, virtual notch on the side of the device. The notch disappears after a restart or changing some of the developer settings, but it’s certainly an annoying and funny bug. It would be very interesting to know exactly what is causing some of these devices to grow the second notch. It likely has something to do with Android’s developer settings that lets you create a virtual notch to test your apps for devices with notches. Either way, the bug is funny.

Google told Android Police that a fix for the issue will be coming soon, so it’s not that much of a big deal.

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Comments (20)

20 responses to “Some Pixel 3 XL Devices Are Growing a Second Notch”

  1. lilmoe

    Hahaha ??? is this for real? I thought someone was trolling.

    Omg I laughed so hard at "growing another notch" I even startled my 3 year old.

    This sounds bad, funny, and gross (for some reason) all at the same time.

  2. StevenLayton

    I don't know, but I think I actually like it. Maybe if they add a third and forth notch, to balance it all out, they might be onto something. Just think of all of the possibilities of how those irregular screen edges cold be used.

  3. spoonman

    Jeez, one hideous gigantonotch just wasn't enough for this company. Pretty funny bug after all the astonishment at the design choices on Pixel 3XL.

  4. karlinhigh

    I eagerly await the next "XKCD Phone" webcomic.

  5. ivan19998

    Notches... Notches everywhere...

    Is it to distract people from Apple's event?

  6. Illusive_Man

    What a trash phone lol

  7. ivarh

    2 for the price of one.. I don't see what people complain about... :)

  8. My Hell baby speaking

    If we knew how many bugs are due to obstruction from quarters within companies, we'd probably surprised a lot. Particularly in the case of Google where the managemment empowered and even pushed the personnel to act highly politicized in the context of the workplace and beyond, resentments and aversion towards company guidelines, management or towards groups within the company seen as different, might lead to acts of obstruction.

    Maybe as a white straight male I just fail to see this as an act of political resistance against patriarchy.

  9. beckerrt

    This phone....

  10. johnbaxter

    <snark> Accuracy is our watchword. We never make misteaks. </snark>

  11. dontbe evil

    google quality … ROTFL

  12. RonH

    Google started Notchvember early.

  13. HellcatM

    I've played around with the notch in the dev setting, a second notch hasn't come up. I haven't had any of the issues so far other people are claiming to have.

  14. lakehouselife

    Notches everywhere! Take that Apple ?

  15. GT Tecolotecreek

    A Hollywood screenwriter couldn't make this stuff up! Nobody would believe it.

  16. ben55124

    Could be contagious. Use protection and keep other phones away.

  17. Awhispersecho

    Apple will add the same 2nd notch to their iPhones next year, the usual praise will ensue and then every other phone maker will copy them.

  18. sharpsone

    The use of beta software in production is a pretty big deal to the users experiencing this annoyance. I'd be pissed considering the cost of a cell phone in 2018.