Design quality has become equally important to the modern smartphone as much as the software is to the overall user experience. We are starting to see several phones sport a screen with rounded edges, opposed to the traditional square cut; the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 being a few phones that come to mind.
Fortunately for those missing out, thanks to a series of apps that have been released over the course of the last 7 months users of phones without rounded corners can emulate the look of said rounded-screen devices on their phone. Cornerfly is an application that creates the illusion of having rounded corners; however, since the release of Android 8.0 Oreo, users have complained of compatibility issues.
The Google Pixel 2 is the company's latest flagship device, but the Pixel 2 XL is the only phone with the rounded corner display. The smaller Pixel 2 has a square screen. Fortunately, for users that want the rounded corner look, there is a hidden command that can be utilized while running apps like Cornerfly to get the Pixel XL 2 look, without spending the extra money for the larger phone.
The issue is that Oreo had restrictions in place as to what applications could draw over like the status bar, navigation bar and other user interface elements. Apps like Cornerfly suffered as a result of these implementations. For example, if the circle radius in Cornerfly was extended too far, the clock in the status bar would show on top of it thus erasing the rounded corner effect.
It's been revealed the latest SytemUI APK found in the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, that Google has added a new class called "RoundedCorners" which adds padding to select SystemUI elements. The Pixel XL 2 actually has a rounded screen so certain user interface elements need to be adjusted to accommodate this difference in the two phones. Fortunately, this can be utilized on the smaller Pixel 2 to allow for apps like Cornerfly to function as intended. If you're interested in setting this up on your Pixel 2, click here and follow the steps outlined.
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