Google says a fix for the Pixel 8 Pros tinted Always On Display issue is on the way


  • The Pixel 8 Pro’s always-on display has a yellow and pink tint issue that Google has acknowledged will be fixed in a future version of Android.
  • The colorization problem occurs at very low brightness levels and when using a 1Hz refresh rate, resulting in uneven color bands.
  • Some users have found that forcing the always-on display to run at a 120Hz refresh rate solves the problem, but it may drain the battery faster.

It is common for new Android phones to launch with some strange problems or bugs. Usually, the device manufacturer will release an OTA update days (or weeks) after the phone is launched to fix all the reported issues. Google’s latest Pixels are no different, with many Pixel 8 Pro users reporting yellow and reddish pink tints on the always-on screen. If you were worried that you received a defective Pixel 8 device, you’re not. Google has accepted this bug and promised to fix it in future versions of Android.

The tinting problem occurs primarily at very low brightness levels and when using a 1Hz refresh rate. To replicate the problem on your phone, enable Always On Display, go into a dark room and wait 5 seconds for the screen to drop the refresh rate to 1Hz. You may notice uneven bands of color, with a pink or yellow tint.

Apparently, forcing the always-on display to operate at a 120Hz refresh rate has solved the problem for some Pixel 8 Pro users. But this comes at the cost of additional battery drain. There are theories that the tinting happens because the Pixel 8 Pro’s AMOLED panel doesn’t have 100% grayscale uniformity. This causes the red, green, and blue pixels to overshadow other colors, which is more noticeable at lower brightness and refresh rates.

An affected Pixel 8 user posted the issue on the public Android tracker soon after the phone was released. Since then, several users have chimed in and confirmed that they too are noticing color in the Always On Display. A Google employee has marked the issue as resolved, noting that it “will be available in future Android releases.”

The November 2023 security patch for Pixels should be available next week and may contain this issue. If the build is finalized before the patch, Pixel 8 users may have to wait until the Pixel’s feature reduction in December to fix the problem. Before that, Google could offer this fix as part of the Android 14 QPR1 beta.

The company’s solution to this problem could include increasing the brightness of the always-on display or increasing the minimum refresh rate to 10 Hz. This could also explain why this issue doesn’t exist on the smaller Pixel 8, as its OLED panel can’t drop the refresh rate below 1Hz.

It’s becoming fairly common for new smartphones with OLED panels to display color casts at low brightness levels. This isn’t even the first time the Pixel phone has had a coloring problem. The Pixel 4 XL also showed a green tint at low brightness levels, which Google eventually fixed with a software update.

Thanks: Armando!

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