The current Made by Google lineup is visually specified by a front-facing video camera in the top-left corner of the screen. You get used to it in time, but those bothered by the Pixel 5 hole punch can now conceal it on Android 12.
Android 12 Developer Preview 1 adds (via Android Police) a new “Hide” option to the “Display cutout” menu readily available under “Drawing”– simply a little over halfway down the screen– in “Developer alternatives.”
Enabling applies a black bar to the status bar that works to partly conceal the Pixel 4a, 4a 5G, and 5s hole punch. The time, notices, and other system icons remain in place with the new darker background.
There are presently some bugs in the application, especially on the Pixel Launcher homescreen, however they ought to be resolved as the previews continue.
This option mainly exists for developers, while Pixel 5 owners seeing visual concerns in apps due to the hole punch are much better served by calling those developers directly to repair. That said, Android 12 provides a possible service for those annoyed by the cutout.
The Developer choices menu is allowed by heading to Settings > > About phone and tapping the “Build number” at the bottom of the screen seven times. After that, visit Settings > > System > > Advanced to access.
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