Simply because the Samsung Galaxy S8 was roasted for its Bixby button, so too should we handle the squeeze characteristic on Google’s Pixel 2. The comes from the HTC U11, the primary place the place HTC applied “Edge Sense” with open-ended performance. Whereas the sting squeeze characteristic on the Pixel 2 stays a shortcut, it’s at present restricted to Google Assistant – and no different connections are enabled.

The Energetic Edge settings within the Google Pixel 2 embody a number of toggles. There’s a toggle for Squeeze for Assistant – “to speak to your Assistant, shortly squeeze the underside half of your telephone, then launch.” One other toggle switches squeeze performance on/off whereas the system’s show is off.

One other toggle in Energetic Edge settings on the Pixel 2 is “Squeeze for Silence.” This toggle switches on the Energetic Edge potential to silence incoming calls. There’s additionally a row of 9 dots that permit the person to regulate squeeze sensitivity, from Mild squeeze to Agency squeeze.

For the time being, that’s it for settings. There isn’t an entire lot this system is keen to permit its edge squeeze potential to do.

There have been no less than a few the reason why the Galaxy S8’s Bixby Button wasn’t very nicely obtained at first. All the way in which again in late August, our personal Brittany Roston wrote about how the Bixby button was the bane of her existence. The button is in a spot that’s very straightforward to press by chance – that’s one huge purpose why it wasn’t given a complete thumbs up.

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The Bixby Button was not at first able to being turned off. It was on and energetic always, related to Bixby. That situation is resolved firstly with the Pixel 2’s Energetic Edge – the squeeze doesn’t have to do something, for those who’re not a fan. The opposite situation with the Galaxy S8’s button was that not each particular person needed to make use of Bixby – that too is solved by Google’s off-toggle.

Samsung’s most up-to-date transfer was to permit the off-toggle – however they didn’t in flip permit the button to map to different button-friendly features. On this manner, Samsung’s basically stated “use Bixby otherwise you get a button that does nothing.”


The constructive half about Google’s HTC-made Energetic Edge is that customers aren’t going to note this characteristic in any respect when it’s turned off. The sting can nonetheless be squeezed, nevertheless it’s nothing like a button, simply sitting there, looking at you, silently judging you for its deactivation.

The good factor to do for the huge neighborhood of Pixel-friendly builders could be to open the characteristic as much as extra Third-party performance. If Google needed to do that, that’d be simply tremendous duper. However even when they don’t, no less than I don’t should really feel that button’s tiny, horrible judging eyes, piercing my soul.