How-To: Remap the Google Pixel 2’s Squeezable Active Edge


Google’s Pixel 2 is now available for purchase and many folks are getting their hands on it. Obviously, some of these folks are developers who like to hack things. Over at XDA, one specific developer has made possibly the best hack for anyone who wants to squeeze their Pixel 2.

If you’re unfamiliar, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature squeezable sides called Active Edge that lets you squeeze the phones to activate the Google Assistant or silence a phone call. HTC has the same feature on their flagship U11 handset, but with its implementation, the software makes it customizable and allows you to basically trigger any action on your device. Google’s doesn’t natively allow this, but a new hack does.

The app Button Mapper has received an update exclusive to the Pixel 2 that lets you reprogram the squeezable sides. Notably, this doesn’t fully stop the Assistant from activating as it needs to do so in order to invoke whatever action you’ve assigned the function to, but at least you’ll now have more freedom to do things by squeezing the sides of your phone.

Of course, the reason this app works is because there’s a flaw in Google’s system that developers have found to go through. Therefore, the company could shut down this entire feature at any given time. But hey, at least for the time being, you can now turn on your flashlight by squeezing your phone.

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