Another main reason to buy a Google phone is the regular, monthly patches for the Pixel. This month, the company released more than the addition of usual security fixes. For the latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it has also come with multiple bug fixes and latest features. The most important of which, as Android Central reports, are new options for color saturation.
It also includes “a fix for the faint clicking noise heard in some Pixel 2s” as well as the notable modifications to the Pixel 2 XL’s display behavior to reduce against potential screen burn-in — though those latter changes might not be notable in normal usage, as a Google community manager writes:
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.
Right now, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a single toggle under the Display setting for “vivid colors.” But after applying the patch for this month, apparently there is a new set of three different options on both models: boosted, natural, and saturated.
Here is how the company itself explained how the “saturated” setting would look:
The saturated mode puts the display into an unmanaged configuration, similar to how the Pixel 1 operates. 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.
As Android Central reports, even this saturated setting doesn’t turn colors on the Pixel 2 XL into anything over-bright right away — suggesting that “Google’s intentions are to keep the Pixel 2 XL looking accurate rather than eye-pleasing and unnatural.”
The main goal of this software update is to release a security patch for the Wi-Fi “Krack” vulnerability and also to add multiple latest updates for the Pixel 2, which are mainly focused on Bluetooth features.