Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were introduced to a lot of fanfare early this month. While the third generation Pixel smartphones can be described as the best smartphone yet from Google, they have been hit by a number of issues since launch. The most controversial element of the new Pixel smartphones is the deeper and wider notch on the Pixel 3 XL.
Whether you like it or hate it, there is just no way to ignore that notch. Now, Pixel 3 XL users are reportedly seeing another notch out of nowhere on the side of their device. A weird bug related to the notch is leading to growth of a second notch on the side of Google Pixel 3 XL’s screen. This is the latest issue affecting Pixel 3 XL since it was launched, and there does not seem to be an end in sight for these software issues.
— UrAvgConsumer (@UrAvgConsumer) October 24, 2018
A handful of Google Pixel 3 XL users have taken to Twitter to report about a random second notch that has begun to appear on the side of the display. The problem is being caused by “a software notch”, and could be related to the notch simulation option hidden inside developer options of Android 9 Pie.
The problem has been reported by a number of Reddit users, and some readers have complained about the issue on Android Police‘s comments section as well. YouTuber UrAvgConsumer also reported a similar problem on his Pixel 3 XL. While it first seemed like a rudimentary bug, it is slowly turning into a notable problem with Google confirming that it will issue an update to address the problem soon.
Some users have reported that a quick reboot does fix the second notch problem but it seems to be happening at varying places for different users. There is no clear reason why such a strange issue is affecting a smartphone that has not been out in the market for even a month now. Google is reportedly using software to adjust the corners on the smaller Pixel 3 but it does not seem to be using any such software changes on the larger model.
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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have become standout Android devices mainly for their software and camera configuration. But these issues, which keep cropping up inadvertently, do not serve as a great reminder about Google’s software capabilities.