If you own an Android you device, you’ll likely know this, or maybe you won’t, your device receives monthly Security Patches, and whilst that’s typically all that’s included in these updates, Google threw in something extra for owners of the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, the promised “fix” for the displays.
Security Patches, typically, negate Carriers and are delivered to devices over the course of period of time decided by the manufacturer, Google promises these for their Pixel devices for up to 3 years.
Added depth and saturation Colour options
Typically on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, your only option was the rather inaccurate sRGB colour profile in relation to the way colours were represented on the Screen, exception of this being Apps supporting P3 Colours, such as the Camera viewfinder app, however now you will have added layer of Colour options. Unfortunately, this isn’t the full Colour profile options most were hoping for, but Google have insisted this isn’t the last update to aid complaints on Colours, so there’s hope for the Red, Blue and Green sliders found on some OEMs, or just a P3 option really.
You will find 3 options to choose from, if you go to Settings > Display > Colors. You can also just search in Settings to find the Setting quicker. This is a much better option than just the “Vivid Colours” toggle.
Boosted: A slightly boosted variant of the original Vivid Colours Setting, though many users have reported it seems to work slightly stronger, through this may be just placebo.
Natural: This will likely remain the default set out of the box, just like before, though Google did say they’re correcting any noted in corrections in the future.
Saturated: This is the update for those switching from super saturated displays, like Samsungs panels, though don’t expect the same over-exaggeration you do from Samsung displays, but if you want your Colours to ‘pop’, this will deliver there!
UI tweaks in hope to aid Burn-in
Whilst Display Burn-in is more or less impossible to avoid on OLED panels, whether by LG or Samsung, any way to address it better in Software is a positive for all of us, and the way Google is doing it is within software.
The most noticeable change you’ll notice after installing the new update, is how the Software buttons at the bottoms subtly fade away when not in use, this is hoping to reduce the chance of burn-in, and definitely its affects should it still occur, which all OLED displays do eventually.
The OS will also change many behaviours of the Software Buttons and other areas of the Android operating system where items remain on the screen for long duration, in, again, steps to reduce the chance of any display issues going forward.
The job hasn’t been done though, and Google have committed to continue work to help display issues, and promised the December update will bring even more improvements to the situation.
Read Google’s statement on the November update for Pixel
The November software update for Pixel is rolling out starting today, and it will reach all devices over the next week. This update includes some of the enhancements we posted about on October 26, such as the new Saturated color mode for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, a fix for the faint clicking noise heard in some Pixel 2s, and other bug and security updates. As we mentioned in our deeper dive, this update also brings planned UI changes which extend the life of the OLED display, including a fade out of the navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen and an update to maximum brightness. These features have been carefully designed so as not to detract from the user experience. Since all OLED displays experience some degree of decay over time, we’ll continue to make enhancements which maximize the life of your Pixel screen.
Further enhancements will be included in our planned December software update and on an ongoing basis thereafter. Our goal is for your Pixel phone to get more useful and delightful over time.
Orrin, Community Manager, Google.