Google Pixel 4a Says Goodbye To Active Edge

The Google Pixel 4a is reportedly going to be more affordable than the smartphone it replaces last year’s Pixel 3a, though it has more storage.

However, there is a downside to that, and one of the possibilities is that Google will cut corners on its mid-tier smartphone.

One of the first things that will be removed is the Active Edge feature.

About The Feature

Active Edge debuted with the Pixel 2 and was available on all Pixel phone released afterward.

Stephen Hall of 9to5Google says that it won’t be available on the Pixel 4a.

The feature isn’t included in the pre-release version of the Pixel 4a.

We don’t know if the feature is gone forever, which means that it might make a comeback on the Google Pixel 5.

Active Edge was incredibly useful – It allowed users to summon the Google assistant, silence incoming calls and snooze alarms. Alternatively, there was an option to reconfigure it as a digital assistant of personal choice. Sometimes it’s faster to use voice commands.


A double-tap rear gesture has replaced Activ Edge, so users don’t feel a downgrade or encounter any problems.

The replacement feature will make use of the gyroscope and accelerometer, so it’s a significant change if you think about it.

Tapping the back of your device will allow users to perform shortcuts of choice, much like Active Edge did.

If you are already concerned about activating the feature accidentally, you’re probably overthinking. Google is most likely already working hard to make sure that the feature will work flawlessly.

The new functionality will be launched on Pixel smartphones, but it will probably be ported to other Android smartphones over time.

Changes like that are mainstream for an operating system, whether we like it or not. They are mere steps in the path to progress.

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