Did Android 2.3.3 make your Nexus S look yellow? Google explains why

Ever since Google started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 update for its Nexus S and Nexus One handsets, users of the former have been reporting an issue where the phone's screen takes on a more yellow tint, reports Android Central. Originally put down to an individual oddity, more reports of yellowing screens started to roll in, prompting a support thread on the Google forums. It's in this thread we got our answer: don't panic folks, it's meant to be like that!

Google's Ry Guy joined in the conversation to explain that the new yellow tint is indeed meant to be there, with a claim that the original colour profile was incorrect.

With your new OTA complete, you may notice a slight difference in the way colors are displayed on your Nexus S. For Nexus S, we have adjusted the color temperature settings to more accurately reflect darker colors at all brightness levels. The Gingerbread UI being darker, we found that the colors were not as accurate when the device was being used at lower brightness levels. For example, some users reported that the initial color temperature was too high leading to some darker greys having a reddish tone; with the new color temperature this is no longer the case.

While this this make sense, we can't help but think we preferred the old way of doing things. After updating the Neowin Nexus S we noticed immediately that our wallpaper didn't look anything like it did before, with the contrast appearing strikingly different. Perhaps this is the way it was meant to be all along, but it just doesn't look as good! The whole thing has an air of the Apple about it, though it's entirely possible we're getting too hung up on a change in the way dark tones are represented on a mobile phone screen!

Don't have a Nexus S to test out, or trying to decide whether to force the Gingerbread 2.3.3 update? Check out the video below to see what we're talking about.

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