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Google Pixel 3 Likely to Feature Wireless Charging

11 June 2018

We are still waiting for Google to reveal their new Pixel 3 XL device for 2018 and while Google has been doing a great job of keeping most of the details away from the public, they still can't stop every leak. According to source code obtained from files of Android P Beta 2, the upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL could mark the comeback of wireless charging to Google's smartphone range. This feature is known as Edge Sense on HTC's U11+ and U12+ but is also available on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. We can expect Google to comment on the development not before the Pixel launch sometime later this year. Even before the second-gen Pixel 2 phone's official launch, it was sighted on FCC with Android 8.0.1 Oreo and Active Edge. The leak also reveals that Google plans on offering the Pixel 3 XL with 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage space. The feature debuted in the Pixel 2 and, while it wasn't exactly a killer feature, it has its fair share of fans. Sorry, Google, we know that you wanted to keep things as much of a secret as possible, but you can never escape the detective powers of the internet. It is a squeeze gesture in Pixel 2 which lets users open Google Assistant, snooze alarm, and also silent incoming calls just by squeezing the sides of the phone.

Pixel 3 XL. XDA-Developers
Pixel 3 XL prototype. Image XDA-Developers

We believe similar features and technologies will be developed by other OEMs but for Google, it will continue to improve the Active Edge squeeze feature.

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XDA Developers then looked at the latest Android P developer preview and noticed that the "WakeMode" class within the SystemUIGoogle APK was modified. Crosshatch and Blueline are the alleged codenames of the Pixel 3 smartphones. The report suggests that the glass back of the Pixel 3 will come with two finish. The upper part is said to be glossy and the larger bottom part has a matte finish to make it appear like metal.

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Google Pixel 3 Likely to Feature Wireless Charging