Does anyone ever feel seen? It seems that every year Google makes confusing decisions with its pixel screens.
The Pixel 2 XL was criticized for its horrible color calibration, the Pixel 3 XL for its stupid notch, the Pixel 4 for the claimed refresh rate of 90 Hz.
But Google’s last problem is different: The screen is not very bright. Worse , Google seems to limit the brightness of the screen, even in strong ambient light.
As Mishaal Rahman points out, the Pixel 4 code hides high-brightness code, which by default is limited to approximately 444 nits.
This is fine, but has nothing to do with a maximum brightness of 1,308 pixels for the Galaxy Note 10+.
This is acceptable in most cases, but it can be difficult to see the phone in the sun, especially if you are trying to watch videos or view pictures.
This is something that many critics have noticed and the numbers confirm it. In the reduced state, pixel 4 can reach about 610 nits. Still not as bright as the competition, but a significant boost.
Given the code, Google seems to be considering implementing a high-brightness mode that activates under the right environmental conditions – as is the case with other devices – but refuses to use it for any reason.
It only seems once that the display reaches its maximum brightness when watching HDR videos.
The decision to limit the brightness was probably a solution to save the battery.
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL batteries are significantly smaller than comparable Android devices.
Still, it’s a confusing choice. On the one hand, it can be used as an optional flip-flop for users who can use it when needed.
On the other hand, phones should only have larger batteries.
We’re in 2019. Even Apple, which always uses tiny batteries thanks to its highly-optimized walled garden, has larger batteries on both iPhone 11 Pros.
If you have the technical know-how and have your Pixel 4 rooted, just grab some shell commands.
Once activated, the brightness mode is only activated if you have set the brightness control to maximum.
Ambient light affects your battery, otherwise your phone should work the same way.
Unfortunately, the fact that you need root access makes it an uncomfortable solution for most users.
At least with the 90 Hz problem, you can easily force it to maintain the fastest refresh rate in the phone’s development settings.
But who knows, maybe Google will listen if we complain loud enough.
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