Weâ€™ve been seeing Pixel 4a leaks drop almost on a daily basis thanks to folks over at TecnoLike Plus who have an early unit. This time, rumors suggest that Googleâ€™s new mid-ranger will be ditching a legacy Pixel feature thatâ€™s been around since the Pixel 2 â€“ Active Edge.
Active Edge allows you to squeeze the edges of your Pixel phones to bring up the Google Assistant. It can also help you silence incoming calls, timers, notifications, and more.
Now, we hear that the early Pixel 4a unit with TecnoLike Plusâ€˜ Julio Lusson does not have the Active Edge feature. Its absence from the upcoming Google phone has also been confirmed by 9to5Googleâ€™s Stephen Hall.
Can confirm that Active Edge is not available on @julio_lussonâ€˜s Pixel 4a.
â€” Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) May 18, 2020
Weâ€™re not sure if this double-tap gesture will land on all older Pixel phones, but it seemingly doesnâ€™t require any special hardware â€“ just the phoneâ€™s accelerometer and gyroscope. The feature could either debut on Android 11 or the new Pixel 4a, with the Android 11 beta and new phone expected to launch at roughly the same time.
Meanwhile, the demise of Active Edge could actually be a good thing. The feature hasnâ€™t been very consistent across the Pixel line, with many users complaining from time-to-time that it stops working or triggers accidentally. You can read some of those complaints on Googleâ€™s own forums,Â XDA forums, and Reddit.
Thatâ€™s not to say users didnâ€™t enjoy Active Edge. Many have previously taken to Reddit to appreciate it, going as far as saying that theyâ€™ll switch brands if Google does away with it.
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