There is a theory brewing that Google is pulling off a complex hoax with its Pixel 3 XL phone, which has been criticized six ways from Sunday for having a giant notch. Front Page Tech, one of the many YouTubers who have bashed the phone, claims he was contacted by the search giant for permission to use his clips mocking the handset for their October 9 event. Some optimistic fans believe this would only make sense if Google had a notch-less derivative (Pixel Ultra?) up their sleeve. FPT further claims several other “big” channels, which posted similarly unfavorable videos about Google’s upcoming phone, were also contacted by the company to use clips from their videos as well. Looking at the videos in question, the narrative simply mocks Google’s design of the Pixel 3 XL. In one case, Google apparently asked to use a clip where the YouTube host in question specifically said that Google should “fire their design team” because Pixel 3 XL looks so terrible.