Google is reportedly killing the Active Edge feature that debuted on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The feature allowed users to trigger Google Assistant by squeezing the rear edge of the phone. This was advertised as a convenient and quick way to trigger the assistant.
The Active Edge was developed by HTC and Google, who were partnering to design smartphones at the time. Now Google has acquired the design team from HTC. The company continued using the feature in Pixel 3 Series as well. Still, it will be absent in the upcoming Google Pixel 4A, which is touted to be an affordable stock android phone with excellent camera prowess.
XDA-Developers reported this news, and the Editor also confirmed the information via a person who posses the pre-production unit. And s screenshot of the Gesture Settings menu also demonstrates the same. As of now, it is unclear why the company has decided to remove the feature. One reason could be that there are several ways, including voice recognition, to summon the Google Assistant. Other reason could be because Google decided to cut down the cost of manufacturing Pixel $a to ensure it is priced well in the competitive sub $400 segment.
Rumours suggest that the upcoming Pixel 4A will be even cheaper than the iPhone SE. Then again, Google could bring back the Active Edge feature on the Pixel 5Series, which will be launched at a higher price point. The Pixel 4A is expected to launch sometime in June for $350. This could pose serious competition to the Apple iPhone SE. If Pixel 4A is launched in India, it might be priced under INR 40,000. In that case, with a budget of Rs 40,000 which phone would you pick – Pixel 4A or iPhone SE? Comment below and let us know.