Wireless charging is one of the features you will find in high-end flagships from the big names in the industry. The last time Google released a phone with the feature was in 2013 – the Nexus 5 (first was the Nexus 4). A new report says there is a chance the Pixel 3 (and Pixel 3 XL) will bring back wireless charging.
According to meraz9000 – the XDA Developer member that leaked the first set of Pixel 3 XL live photos, he found evidence that the phone may have support for wireless charging.
While digging around in the SystemUIGoogle.apk file, he found a new set of permission – DOCK_IDLE and DOCK_ACTIVE. The code is said to link back to an app called “Dreamliner” but which isn’t on the device. It appears the feature is being tested in a secure environment.
You might be wondering how the device supports wireless charging when it has a metal back. meraz9000 says what we saw is actually glass and not metal though it still retains the two-tone finish of the previous Pixel phones. The upper part is said to be glossy and the larger bottom part has a matte finish to make it appear like metal.
Apart from wireless charging, Google will also bring Active Edge to the 3rd generation Pixel phones. 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.
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Active Edge allows users to launch Google Assistant and also silence calls by giving the sides of the phone a squeeze. meraz9000 said when he squeezed the Pixel 3 XL it vibrated. After some digging in the SystemUIGoogle.APK file, the words “Crosshatch” and “Blueline” were found under the Active Edge section. Crosshatch is the codename for the Pixel 3 XL which means Blueline should be the codename for the smaller Pixel 3.