As we’ve already established, the ‘notch’ has gone from becoming Apple’s workaround for the edge-to-edge screen to being a legitimate fashion statement by handset makers, but the jury is still out on this particular feature – and some manufacturers are trying to find ways to work around the ugly black block, including teardrop notches and sliding phones.
Disappointingly, Google went with one of the biggest and ugliest notches yet seen on its flagship Pixel 3 XL, something that annoyed many Android purists who hate anything that directly references Apple products. We imagine that a great many of these diehards will have picked up the phone regardless – if you want pure Android, you’re limited on choice – and these people will no doubt be quite irritated by the latest (and most amusing) bug to hit Google’s hardware.
Some people’s Pixel 3 XL’s are growing a second notch. Yes, you read that right. It’s a software bug that causes a second notch to appear on the side of the handset; it’s purely a visual glitch and we assume is related to the phone switching to landscape mode and retaining the ‘blank’ area where the notch should be.
Annoyingly for Google, this doesn’t seem to be a small-scale issue, either. There are hordes of reports online of people stating they have the ‘phantom notch’; the only solid fix appears to be totally restarting the phone, which is also quite annoying.
Thankfully, this embarrassing problem shouldn’t be around for much longer. Google is already aware of the bug and is working on a fix which should be issued soon; until then, you’ll just have to make do with mysterious notches that appear out of nowhere and make you curse Apple for even starting this horrible design trend.
Of course, you’ll only be aware of this problem if you’re in the US as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL aren’t actually out in the UK as yet. They launch on November 1st, so there’s a slim chance that Google may have already dealt with the problem by the time the phone touches down on British shores.
Google’s latest flagship device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB of RAM and a fancy 12-megapixel camera which bucks the recent trend for multiple sensors by having just a single sensor, which is aided by some complex AI routines which allow it to perform all kinds of tricks. If you don’t mind potentially having two notches, then you can pre-order the phone for £869 – the smaller (and notch-less) Pixel 3 starts from £739.