This software glitch might have been caused by an orientation bug, or by any display related feature that triggers the digital notch to be displayed on the side of the screen. There are hordes of reports online of people stating they have the "phantom notch"; the only solid fix appears to be totally restarting the phone, which is also quite annoying. Google responded to Android Police stating that they are aware of this odd behaviour and are looking to fix it soon. Some Pixel 3 XL users are also experiencing a static, buzzing, and distorted sound even when listening to audio at low volumes. If you don't mind potentially having two notches, then you can pre-order the phone for £869 - the smaller (and notch-less) Pixel 3 starts from £739.
It's evident to everyone that the second notch is a software problem, but that's not good news for those who cannot use their Pixel 3 gadgets in optimal conditions.
The bug apparently shows up when users enable developer options in Pixel 3 XL.
What's worse than a huge notch at the top of your phone display? However, you can try this feature, and some other Pixel 3/3 XL camera goodies today. This modified camera app works on the Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3 XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel, and Google Pixel XL. It's built around a Snapdragon 845 chip and flaunts only a single 12.2MP rear camera along with Google's computational photography algorithms to churn out some of the best photos we have seen from a smartphone this year.
Perhaps something went wrong internally and Google accidentally let the second notch out.