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Google Pixel 2 update addresses lingering display issues

by Brandon Russell | November 7, 2017November 7, 2017 12:00 pm PDT

In an effort to quell concerns about the Pixel 2’s screen, Google on Tuesday released a software update that includes two new display settings. The update arrives shortly after Google acknowledged consumer disappointment with the Pixel 2’s OLED panel, which many complained looked muted.

Among the new options introduced by the update includes a “saturated” mode, which Google said puts the display into an unmanaged configuration.

The colors will be more saturated and vibrant, but less accurate (similar to most other smartphones which display more vibrant colors): we give consumers the option to choose the color saturation.

There are now three display profiles: boosted, natural, and saturated. Boosted appears to be similar to the original “vivid colors” options the Pixel 2 launched with. The saturated option makes a pretty noticeable difference, but it’s a little too much for my taste. I’ve left my Pixel 2 on “natural.”

In addition to new display options, the update also makes an effort to limit burn-in, which some early Pixel 2 XL’s owners have already noticed. As Google noted, the navigation bar will now fade out after periods of inactivity.

“These features have been carefully designed so as to not detract from the user experience,” Google said. “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.”

The update also introduces a fix for a faint clicking noise heard by some Pixel 2 units, along with bug and security enhancements. Pixel 2 owners can download the update now by going to Settings > System > System updates.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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