Google will let users hide the Pixel 3 XL’s giant notch with a software black bar

After weeks of leaks, Google officially announced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones yesterday, but one part of the updated device isn’t sitting well with users: the giant camera notch on the front of the XL variant.

Fortunately, for the notch-averse out there, it seems that Google will offer an option to hide the notch by blacking out the entire top portion of the display, via Gizmodo.

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

— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) October 9, 2018

It’s an option we’ve seen offered on a variety of other notched Android phones, including those from LG, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Huawei. But it’s nice to see Google offer the option…

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