29 May 2020
Google's upcoming smartphone Pixel 4a has been part of numerous leaks so far but all of them have been about what would be included. It is now time for a new report that talks about a feature which will not be arriving on the phone. The Pixel 4a is tipped to ditch Active Edge functionality as claimed by multiple sources.
The new bit of information was first tweeted by 9to5Google's Stephen Hall who says he is "pretty certain" that Pixel 4a does not feature Active Edge. It was later corroborated by XDA's Mishaal Rahman who mentioned that YouTuber Julio Lusson's pre-production unit also comes without the functionality.
Can confirm that Active Edge is not available on @julio_lusson's Pixel 4a.— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) May 18, 2020
Not a huge loss especially since Google is adding a new double tap gesture that doesn't require special hardware: https://t.co/kFiL8qmzxA https://t.co/IA6qqLJnG9
For those wondering what exactly Active Edge is, it is a feature that allows users to squeeze side frames and trigger Google Assistant. It debuted on the Pixel 2 series and has been a part of every release including last year's affordable Pixel 3a. There are users who like the feature as it prevents them from saying out the hotword loud every time but there are also users who do not like having the functionality. They complain about Assistant getting triggered accidentally despite adjusting the feature's sensitivity.
In other words, Google's decision to skip Active Edge on Pixel 4a will surely leave some users happy and some unhappy. It is already reported to cost cheaper than the predecessor as well as the brand-new iPhone SE (2020). It seems like ditching the feature could be one of the reasons for such low pricing.