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In Android 8 and earlier there were small network type indicators above the signal bars, G, E, H, H+, LTE, LTE+, I think.

Now in Android 9 there is a separate icon for this, with full size letters. For LTE+ this takes the space of almost 1.5 normal icons.

This seems particularly silly when status bar space has been restricted because of notches (even for phones without them). The status bar mobile data switch in settings removes it, but also the signal strength indicators, which I do need.

Can I get rid of the mobile network type icon, without losing the signal strength indicators?enter image description here

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