If you own a Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, you may have noticed that colors seem to be just a bit on the dull side. But, as developer Carlos Lopez points out in a guest post on Android Police, Google did this intentionally.
It’s not that the Pixel 2 OLEDs aren’t capable of displaying bright and vibrant colors like other OLED devices. In fact, they’re absolutely up to the task. But a little-talked-about change in Android 8.0 now requires apps to specifically call for a wide color gamut, which is why colors aren’t as vibrant as you likely think they should be. Google implemented this change to improve memory usage and performance.
There’s an extremely detailed post on the Google Product Forums that explains this change far better than I can. So, if you need more information about why the display isn’t as vivid as you think it should be, give that post a read.
Oreo Colorizer to the rescue!
What I do know is that there’s a “fix”, and it’s a simple one at that. You don’t need root or an unlocked bootloader to do this. All you have to do is download an APK file and sideload the OREO COLORIZER app.
Oreo Colorizer is developed by Carlos Lopez, who I mentioned at the beginning of this post. Here’s what he has to say about his creation:
Oreo Colorizer is an app that can force your device to shift from using the standard color space to a wide color gamut. On the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, this means colors will no longer display at just sRGB, but instead with the DCI-P3 color space.
This works in all apps, as well as on the home screen. Oreo Colorizer uses an invisible system overlay operating in wide color gamut that forces the display to shift its color space.
Included are two operating modes: Standard and High Performance. Standard Mode is a completely passive implementation that only updates when something on the screen updates. High-Performance Mode forces the display to shift color space every frame. Apps that use SurfaceViews and video playback may require this mode.
You can grab Oreo Colorizer from APK Mirror. Just remember to enable installation of apps from unknown sources in your settings menu and you’re good to go. The changes are subtle but definitely noticeable.