04-24-2018 01:22 PM
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  1. Joltcola1234's Avatar
    Hello all,

    I've had my Pixel 2 XL for a couple of weeks now and I love it. I haven't really noticed any bugs or had any complaints at all about it.

    One thing I have noticed though is a "white wash" effect on the wallpaper of the phone. It's very apparent on the bottom of the screen around the navigation area with lighter colored wallpapers (light theme on pixel launcher). You can see these in many of the screenshots in the gallery on this forum (show us your homescreen post), where it's almost like a faint white glow around the bottom of the screen in the navagation area. On black or very dark wallpapers this seems to disappear completely and it's just totally dark.

    I've also noticed this effect at the top of the screen as well. You can notice it on lighter wallpapers, and feint glow exists if you have a dark wallpaper and you increase the brightness to maximum.

    This only seems to be the case on the home screen though. When you launch an app, you are looking at photos, in the drawer, whatever you might doing the effect isn't there. I'm wondering if this is some kind of design choice by Google or just something that's been there and they haven't bothered to correct. Below is an example:

    "white wash" on wallpaper - Pixel Launcher?-screenshot_20180419-201257.jpg

    You can clearly notice the effect on the bottom portion of the screen in this shot.

    "white wash" on wallpaper - Pixel Launcher?-screenshot_20180421-063752.jpg

    Comparatively with this dark wallpaper the effect is gone completely.

    The glow at the top is much less pronounced and isn't really visible in the screenshots and is only observed at max brightness on dark wallpapers.

    It's only a small grip, but anyone else notice this??

    edit: Also, it seems to directly tied to the Pixel Launcher itself and not the phone or the screen from what I can tell.
    04-21-2018 12:23 PM
  2. anon(10092459)'s Avatar
    Primarily, I use a dark theme (the one you posted above as a matter of fact), but I tried a couple of lighter themes and couldn't see anything straight away. If you not seeing it all over, then I'm sure it's built into the Pixel launcher by design.
    04-21-2018 01:41 PM
  3. Mike Dee's Avatar
    04-21-2018 04:35 PM
  4. Joltcola1234's Avatar
    It's normal
    Yeah, I figured as much. Wonder why they decided to go that route though. It would look nicer without the effect. Perhaps it has some purpose related to "burn in" or efficiency or something.
    04-21-2018 05:05 PM
  5. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Yeah, I figured as much. Wonder why they decided to go that route though. It would look nicer without the effect. Perhaps it has some purpose related to "burn in" or efficiency or something.
    I think it allows the bottom navigation keys, dock and search to stand out more
    04-21-2018 05:07 PM
  6. TraderGary's Avatar
    I use the Nova Prime launcher isntead of the stock Android launcher.
    Nova Prime allow you to turn that feature ON and OFF for better readability.
    Here is my current home page (my house with dogwoods in bloom) with the feature ON
    "white wash" on wallpaper - Pixel Launcher?-screenshot_20180419-152525.jpg
    And here is the same screen with the feature OFF.
    "white wash" on wallpaper - Pixel Launcher?-screenshot_20180421-194026.jpg
    04-21-2018 06:50 PM
  7. MarkMN's Avatar
    I've had my 2 XL for 3 weeks now. I tried the stock launcher, and it lasted 2 hours because of the same thing you are talking about. Not one of Googles better ideas. I switched to Nova Prime like I've had with my last 2 phones. I also didn't like that I couldn't remove the Google search bar wit the stock launcher. Overall I like the phone, but the stock launcher was way to restrictive and had to go.
    04-21-2018 08:49 PM
  8. TraderGary's Avatar
    Yup! Love Android and my Pixel 2 XL, but absolutely have to have my Nova Prime!
    04-21-2018 09:40 PM
  9. Joltcola1234's Avatar
    I've used Nova for a number of years, but honestly...I'm a little bored with it. It offers great customization of course, but I'm just not into all the "tinkering" anymore like I once was. I like how smooth and simple Pixel Launcher is, it works perfectly if you aren't into resizing the desktop, adjusting the dock, custom icon sets, that sort of thing. Plus, it honestly feels like launchers like Nova and Action are constantly trying to keep up with the features Google adds to the Pixel Launcher - style of the search bar, long pressing the apps for quick actions, the Pixel weather/calendar widget, Google Now, etc. This the first phone in a number of years where I've felt no desire to use Nova.

    The "white wash" thing here is just a minor gripe, I was more wondering what the thought process behind it was. You can clearly see from using Nova in the example above that the wallpaper looks much better without it.
    04-21-2018 09:53 PM
  10. TraderGary's Avatar
    I tried staying with the stock launcher but my major gripe was not being able to get rid of that ugly, space taking Search Bar.
    04-21-2018 10:05 PM
  11. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Search bar doesn't bother me.... I do think they should include options to move it for those that care.
    04-21-2018 10:10 PM
  12. Joltcola1234's Avatar
    I'm also fine with the search bar, I use it a ton. I pretty much never open Chrome directly. I probably hit that search bar dozens of times a day, every day, heh.
    04-21-2018 10:12 PM
  13. TraderGary's Avatar
    That's the beauty of Android. We have many different options to do what we want! Instead of the search bar, I'm using "squeeze" and then voice commands to do what I want. We get the same results with different methods. Squeeze and Voice is particularly useful when driving!
    04-21-2018 10:20 PM
  14. Joltcola1234's Avatar
    I'm still a bit shy on the voice stuff, it feels a bit weird talking to my phone all the time
    04-21-2018 10:30 PM
  15. TraderGary's Avatar
    For me using voice really started with the Google Home Mini that I got when I bought my Pixel 2 XL. We liked the Mini so well we bought two more! Of course the only way to use them is to talk to them and we use them all the time. Wanting to do the same with my Android phone was for me only natural.
    04-21-2018 10:46 PM
  16. Mike Dee's Avatar
    I'm still a bit shy on the voice stuff, it feels a bit weird talking to my phone all the time
    I talk to myself all the time so it's comes naturally.
    04-22-2018 09:34 AM
  17. Itsa_Me_Mario's Avatar
    @Joltcola1234 you feel like sharing that first wallpaper?
    04-22-2018 11:42 AM
  18. Joltcola1234's Avatar
    sure, except for some reason it won't let me add photos from my phone using the Android central (this app is complete crap honestly). have to wait until I get access to my PC
    04-22-2018 02:50 PM
  19. Itsa_Me_Mario's Avatar
    You're awesome
    04-22-2018 02:53 PM
  20. Joltcola1234's Avatar
    You're awesome
    Sorry, here's a much better quality version - again...the android central app is simply terrible

    "white wash" on wallpaper - Pixel Launcher?-it1w6jv757q01.jpg
    Itsa_Me_Mario likes this.
    04-22-2018 02:57 PM
  21. Nauga's Avatar
    I use the Nova Prime launcher isntead of the stock Android launcher.
    Nova Prime allow you to turn that feature ON and OFF for better readability.
    Where in Nova Prime settings is this toggle/feature? Is it the Show shadow toggle at the bottom of the Desktop options?
    04-23-2018 09:50 AM
  22. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Where in Nova Prime settings is this toggle/feature? Is it the Show shadow toggle at the bottom of the Desktop options?
    Try it out
    04-23-2018 04:09 PM
  23. Nauga's Avatar
    Try it out
    Actually, I did. But since I use a dark wallpaper, I noticed no difference. To be honest, I barely noticed any difference between the before & after screen captures above. So I'm still not 100% certain that the Show Shadow toggle is the correct setting. It's just the only one I could find that might be related to this "white wash" phenom.
    04-23-2018 04:18 PM
  24. TraderGary's Avatar
    The difference is readily apparent in full resolution but Android Central compresses images so much you can't see it.
    04-23-2018 09:10 PM
  25. TraderGary's Avatar
    Actually the Show Shadow toggle is really only useful when the background image has a very light colored top/bottom area like the top of the example I used.
    04-23-2018 09:25 PM
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