November’s security patch includes new display profiles and UI changes for Google’s Pixel 2 XL

November’s security patch is almost upon us and Google has seen fit to include some tweaks specific to the Pixel 2 XL in this month’s edition. Besides the usual security patch, added stability and performance optimizations, the update also includes a bunch of changes for the Pixel 2 range that will also help address the burn-in problems with the Pixel 2 XL’s OLED display. 

The changelog for November’s security patch includes the following:

  • The headphone volume warning threshold has been adjusted
  • Older devices that only support AVRCP 1.3 and not 1.4 are better supported, and pairing with headsets should be faster with fewer errors
  • Improved song info display on some Bluetooth car kits plus additional fixes, which should hopefully improve the Android Auto experience
  • Improved instant Tethering with Bluetooth Low Energy (Magic Tether) devices
  • Autofocus during video capture has been tweaked and the front camera should also respond quicker
  • The handover from mobile data to WiFi when watching YouTube has been adjusted
  • Multiple adjustments to support the Three Network

This is where it gets interesting, with Google taking the opportunity to cram in some specific tweaks for the Pixel 2 XL to nullify some of the issues the  OLED display has exhibited since launch. After the patch installs, Pixel 2 XL owners will notice that Google has added a couple of new options for the display. “Boosted” appears to be the new name for “Vivid Colors”, “Natural” the default color profile of the Pixel 2 XL’s OLED display, and well, “Saturated” is the option that will make the display’s colors pop, a little more like they do on a Samsung AMOLED panel. Make no mistake though, even after enabling “Saturated”, no one is going to mistake the Pixel 2 XL’s display for a Samsung Super AMOLED panel anytime soon.

The UI has also been altered, with the navigation bar fading out when not in use after a time, plus the displays maximum brightness level has been reduced by 50 nits. Google has also said it will add further fixes for the Pixel 2 XL in the December security patch. The November security patch should begin rolling out to eligible handsets in the next few days.

Source: Google


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).