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October 14, 2020 6:29 PM   Subscribe

What does B.B.B. mean on my Google Pixel 4XL start-up screen?

On my start-up screen for my Verizon Google Pixel, right below the time and date are a series of icons and letters. Recently the letters have been B.B.B. Nothing happens when I touch or click on the letters or icons. I am unable to get a screenshot of this initial screen. Does anyone have any idea what the B.B.B.'s meaning and purpose is?
posted by Xurando to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
There's a firmware for the Pixel 4XL that includes "bbb" as part of the string (full: 2d2325dbbbd60f90b79c46397e2201e6f0980d5d896962689031a64ac3ac5270).

Actually there are multiple with that string, not just the one pasted above. One is even the last three characters, so probably that would make more sense.
posted by tiamat at 6:46 PM on October 14

Did you buy the phone second hand or do you mess around with custom ROMS? There's a BBBAndroid custom ROM that could possibly be used on that Pixel (although on a quick search I can't actually find a build for that exact phone, so this is a long shot).
posted by tiamat at 6:55 PM on October 14

"bbb" is a placeholder value in Android build number codes, so it's possible someone forgot to put in the updated code when they built your current OS version.

According to that spec:
"bbb identifies individual versions related to the same date code, sequentially starting with 001."

So I guess if they only did one build that date they might have left it blank and got the default "bbb" by accident.
posted by tiamat at 7:03 PM on October 14 [1 favorite]

Instructions to check the build number on the Verizon Pixel 4XL are here, so if there's a BBB or bbb in there somewhere that's probably it.
posted by tiamat at 7:04 PM on October 14

Check in settings>lock screen>contact information. Samsung android here, but that position on the screen might be the same...It's like a thing you type whatever you want (like contact info in case you lose your phone). If that's it, my guess is you butt-dialed the message bbb into that spot. Or the custom rom (if that's the culprit) might have changed it during install, as self-advertising.
posted by sexyrobot at 7:58 PM on October 14 [1 favorite]

What sexyrobot said. On my 4XL, it's settings > display > lock screen > add text on lock screen. I do the same thing, mine reads, "if you find me: xxx@yyy.com."
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel at 8:33 PM on October 14 [1 favorite]

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