Google has started rolling out the November 2017 security patch to all Pixel and Nexus device users, but it looks like simple bug fixes and security enhancements are the only things being added. For the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, the patch also includes new display options and fixes to hopefully resolve users’ complaints regarding display burn-in and drab colors.
For starters, the update causes your navigation bar to begin fading out after an extended period of non-use to prevent burn-in from the buttons themselves. Google is also reducing the max brightness of the Pixel 2’s display to further extend the lifespan of the screens. Finally, a new “saturated” color mode is present in both device’s Display settings to further boost the colors. Android Central says that while this mode does boost the colors, it’s still clear Google wants to keep colors as accurate as possible.
As an added bonus, Google has also fixed the audio crackling issues users have been reporting that come from both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s earpieces. Google says further updates will be provided in the December security patch next month.
Whether these fixes will improve each user’s experience remains to be seen. Google’s new Pixels have received plenty of criticism over their displays, so it’ll be interesting to see what the reaction is when more users get this update. The company says everyone should get the November security patch sometime this week.