The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL may be some of the best Android phones around, but they still launched with a handful of bugs and problems. Now, Google is doing everything it can to address these issues with its November software update.
For the Pixel 2 XL, that means solving some of the display-related gripes that customers have with the plus-sized smartphone, though the smaller Pixel 2 is getting at least one fix, too. Here’s everything you need to know about the new update.
Display Fixes for the Pixel 2 XL
Comparing the Pixel 2 (left) and Pixel 2 XL displays/ Gizmodo
There are two separate issues with the Pixel 2 XL screen, and Google set out to fix them both with this update. The first is its washed out display, which makes colours look bland according to some critics and customers. To fix that, Google is replacing the old “Vivid Colours” toggle with three new display setting options: Boosted, Natural or Saturated. The one you’re looking for is Saturated, which should help solve the problem by enhancing the colours onscreen.
The update also fixes an even bigger issue with the Pixel 2 XL: Screen discoloration caused by either burn-in or image retention. Specifically, some people noticed that the outlines of Android’s onscreen navigation buttons appeared to be permanently ingrained in the display.
To solve this, Google reduced the Pixel 2 XL’s maximum screen brightness. The navigation bar will also fade away automatically if you don’t use it. Hopefully, this will solve the issue without requiring any sort of hardware fix.
Pixel 2 Noise Issues and Security Fixes
If you picked the Pixel 2 instead, you may have noticed a “faint clicking noise”. Google says this has been corrected in the new update. So it likely wasn’t a hardware issue.
Finally, the update patches the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability that was uncovered in October. So even if you’re using an older Pixel or Nexus device, you should still grab the latest software to keep your phone secure.