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Google Pixel 2's squeezable Active Edge might make its way to the Pixel 3

Active Edge debuted on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and might get some enhancements if it returns on the Pixel 3 smartphones.

Published onJune 10, 2018

  • According to the person who leaked the Pixel 3 XL images, he activated Active Edge on the smartphone.
  • Code buried in the latest Android P developer preview backs up the leaker’s claims.
  • Active Edge first showed up on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

With Google Pixel 3 rumors and leaks coming in fast and hot, it might not surprise you that there is yet another report. This one is of the squeezable variety, however, as XDA Developers reported that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s Active Edge feature might make a return on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

According to XDA Developers forum member meraz9000, who published the first and second round of Pixel 3 XL images, he accidentally soft-bricked the smartphone. Before that happened, however, he alleged that the smartphone vibrated when he squeezed it and determined that Active Edge was present.

XDA Developers then looked at the latest Android P developer preview and noticed that the “WakeMode” class within the SystemUIGoogle APK was modified. The updated class then led to the newer “isWakeSettingEnabled” method, where Crosshatch and Blueline were found in the list of compatible devices. Crosshatch and Blueline are the alleged codenames of the Pixel 3 smartphones.

Active Edge debuted on the Pixel 2 smartphones and lets you bring up Google Assistant if you squeeze the sides. You can also silence incoming calls with the same gesture, which became a surprisingly useful tool over time.

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There is no guarantee that Active Edge returns on the Pixel 3 smartphones, however. Even though the evidence seemingly corroborates Active Edge’s second appearance, this is all based on an engineering prototype and incomplete software. Google could simply scrap the feature by the time final production kicks off.

On the other hand, it would make sense to see Active Edge make a return and even get some improvements. For example, Edge Sense on the HTC U12 Plus can sense where your hands are and allows for additional functionality. Perhaps Google could make similar enhancements and even allow some customization.