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Pixel 3 XL bug adds second notch to screen

By midian182 · 10 replies
Oct 30, 2018
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  1. Unlike the physical notch that’s home to the Pixel 3 XL’s front-facing cameras and sensors, these secondary notches are of the digital variety.

    The phantom notch bug has affected several users who posted pictures of the weird glitch on Twitter. Jessie Burroughs, Kyle Gutschow, and UrAvgConsumer all experienced the same phenomenon.

    It’s theorized that the issue is related to a feature that allows the Pixel 3 XL’s notch to be hidden by placing black bars alongside the cutout—these ‘second notches’ are appearing at the side of the phone because of the glitch.

    Thankfully, some Reddit users say just switching the phone between portrait and landscape modes will make the second notch disappear when the screen refreshes. Others claim that restarting the Pixel 3 XL is the only way to correct the software issue.


    Speaking to Android Police, Google has confirmed it is aware of the weird bug and that a fix is “coming soon.”

    Google might want to roll that fix out before Samsung takes note. Earlier this month, the Korean firm mocked the Pixel 3 XL’s cutout, 4GB of RAM, and lack of expandable storage on Twitter. The company would likely have plenty to say about a second notch on its rival’s device, even if it is only temporary.

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  2. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,547   +1,767

    Odd, my bezel has never duplicated itself by accident.

    Must be one of those new "premium features" that people want.
  3. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,935   +1,484

    Google thought since people are buying phones with notches it's only logical to add more notches so people like the phone even more.
    erickmendes likes this.
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    Google hire me I'll fix the issue.. I have 8 years as Android Developer.. To bad they're on the west coast.
  5. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TechSpot Staff Posts: 674   +655

    Just another notch on the bedpost as Google f*cks you.
  6. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,959   +1,229

    I NEVER buy "the first out the gate", be it a phone, computer, automobile etc.
    I wait...in the case of a phone, til the END of production, auto, for the 2nd year
    of the same series. Any unusual bugs, are generally sorted out.
    When you buy something brand spanking new, especially something heavily
    dependant on software, can have bugs crop up after release/customization.
    Reehahs likes this.
  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,766   +1,160

    I was so happy to hear about google phones, how can they get them wrong I thought, they are the source... a couple years later... double notched phones... yay...
  8. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 571   +247

    Can't laugh hard enough on this LOL
  9. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 490   +38

    Is that really irony, or simply happenstance?
  10. Dustyn

    Dustyn TS Booster Posts: 103   +40

    A bit late to the party yes... but this was hilarious to see.
  11. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 571   +247

    Notch, notch, notching on heavens door

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