Soft-touch glass is the term that refers to the matte glass back on the Pixel 3 and 4. The overall effect was a subdued look with a certain class. With the Pixel 6 series, Google went with a high-gloss glass, but the company said it planned to bring back soft-touch with the Pixel 7. According to YouTuber Marques Brownlee, Google has now reversed course and said the Pixel 7 glass will remain high-gloss.
It’s unclear what prompted the about-face, but users who preferred soft-touch glass are sure to be unhappy. Fortunately, Samsung and other manufacturers still offer phones with a matte finish.