Pixel 3 has a controversial new feature but Google is working on a fix

Pixel 3 has a controversial new feature but Google is working on a fix

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were officially unveiled on Tuesday and will surely be hugely-popular with Android fans thanks to a ton of new features.

The camera system on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL has been drastically overhauled.

Google boasted about a ton of new software tricks that are set to make photos taken look better than ever on the product line.

Auto-focus tracking is present on both devices, meaning if the user moves the phone around all the attention is still paid to the subject in question.

Moreover a “Night Shot” mode is being introduced that Google claims will forgo the need for the device’s flash entirely.

However it is worth noting this particular feature will not be available at launch, instead Google will be rolling out a software update that will bring it to Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL later on.

Both Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL received radical redesigns from the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL respectively.

Pixel 3 arrives with reduced bezels from its predecessor while the Pixel 3 XL has an all-screen design with a notch.

Pixel 3 XL’s notch has been the subject much controversy since Google officially unveiled the phone.

Many have complained the cutout is much deeper than on either Apple’s iPhone Xs and Xs Max phones in addition to competing Android devices.

Google has argued the notch is necessary to house the two front-facing camera sensors in addition to a powerful speaker.

However, it appears the American tech giant is working on a fix for fans that are not happy with the design compromise.

In response to a question from a user on Twitter, Google stated the Pixel 3 XL will include an option to hide the notch via software when it launches.

The firm said: “For people who prefer a more traditional smartphone look, we’ve added an option to hide the display cutout (the notch).”

Many Android phones provide an option to hide a cutout present; such a function is achieved by presenting a black bar across the top of the hardware to blend in with the notch.

Express.co.uk is currently testing the Pixel 3 XL ahead of our in-depth review of the product and can confirm there is not currently an option in the settings menu of the device to hide the hardware’s notch.

However, Stephen Hall, the managing editor of 9to5Google, recently tweeted to show such an option was present in the developer options of the product.

Developer settings can be enabled by heading to the “about phone” menu in the settings app.

Users should then tap on the phone’s “build number” multiple times until an option appears declaring developer mode has been activated.

However, such a method is not intended, or easily accessible, for all owners.

It is unknown if Google’s tweet was referring to the developer option or if an update for the Pixel 3 XL will arrive later on that will present such a function in the product’s settings menu.

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