Google’s Pixel 2 and 2 XL may’ve just come out, but they’re already subject to a bit of controversy. According to many users of the larger Pixel 2 XL, the device’s display isn’t all that great. It has a weird blue tint to it when viewing the device at varying angles, colors aren’t as saturated as some hoped from the p-OLED panel on board, and a weird green accent has even been spotted by some (The Verge even did a piece on it).

No matter where your device sits on this list of complaints, it’s clear the Pixel 2 XL’s screen isn’t all that great. And some think a few more display settings rather just a “vivid” mode would suffice. According to a statement sent to 9to5Google from the Mountain View company, this feature may be on its way thanks to new software.

We designed the Pixel 2 to take advantage of multiple facets of the innovative new POLED technology, including QHD+ resolution with 538 pixels per inch as well as a wide color gamut. One of our design intents was to achieve a more natural and accurate rendition of colors. We know that some people prefer more vivid colors, so we’ve added an option to boost colors by 10% for more saturation. We’ll continue to pay close attention to people’s responses to Pixel, and we will consider adding more display color options through software if that makes the product better.

It’s worth noting the reason bland colors are present on the device is likely due to the screen being tuned to sRGB. Google flips this switch automatically on every Pixel 2 XL and there’s no way to turn it off. If you’re unfamiliar, the mode simply tunes colors to be more precise and even closer to what you’d see in real life. But most of the time that’s not what customers want from their phones, hence the possibility that more display configurations could arrive in the future.

While we’re not guaranteed to see the software update come, at least we know it’s a possibility. We have yet to get our hands on a Pixel 2 or 2 XL so we can’t directly comment on the screens, but at least for now, it looks like users will have to deal with what they have.


Posted by Max Buondonno

Founder and executive editor at Matridox (formally MBEDDED). I've also founded and am the sitting CEO at MBEDDED Media, a new kind of media company. Lover of anything and everything involving technology. I know CSS and basic HTML to an extent. Writer, blogger, critic, coder, and self-certified genius. Oh, and I'm told I'm a legend, if that means anything to you.

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  1. […] Pixel 2 XL has been known for not packing the best screen. The company even said they’re willing to fix things if it’ll improve their product. But I’m not sure if the software route they’re […]



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