Google could bring back a feature from its Pixel past with the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro: the squeezable Active Edge.
From the Pixel 2 in 2017 to the Pixel 4 in 2019, Google has included a feature called Active Edge. This tactile input system allowed you to summon Google Assistant by physically squeezing your phone.
It was a bit of a marmite, but like this salty brown ambrosia / Devil food, it had its fans.
New reports suggest Active Edge may be coming from an unexpected return. Both XDA’s Mishaal Rahman and WinFuture’s Roland Quandt claim to have seen official product listings for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro fabric cases, and they cite Active Edge support.
It may be just placeholder text, but as Rahman points out in his tweet, the simultaneous mention of Battery Share support makes this unlikely. The Pixel 5 did have Battery Share support, but it didn’t have Active Edge.
In any case, we won’t have to wait long. Recent reports suggest Google may be ready to launch the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro on October 19, although it has also been revealed that Android 12 will launch on October 4. It seems next month.
In addition to being able to shrink on the sides, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are both confirmed to boast a bold new design, updated camera systems and Google’s own first-generation Tensor processor.
It will also almost certainly be slightly more expensive than the Pixel 5 as Google returns to producing true flagship phones after a two-year hiatus.