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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I don't care if that's their reason. 2.3.3 looks utterly horrible and washed out to me. I wouldn't update if I had a phone capable.

well a 6500k setting (normally regarded as 'perfect' in video standard) is a little warm anyway.

A lot of LCD monitor are wayy to cold in colors..

STUPID VIDEO - If he doesn't understand doing a white balance whilst filming it, then there's no hope.

Anyway, all the AMOLED's I've seen compared to LCD seem far too blue on whites for me, sounds like Google have done the right thing.

Yes how do you not do a side by side comparison? Even if you have one phone... you can edit both videos together for side by side... This was kind of a waste because I walk away with out being persuaded either way.

I noticed a slight difference, but the video does not really show how bad it is, as claimed. I'm sure this is just a case of people being used to something - a look - and then having to deal with a change.

Google should just add a configurable profile system just like most other OS where a user can adjust and save profiles to their own taste or liking. Would be a fine addition to the features... put it in the hands of the consumer.

mostly what the guys complaining about is reduction/balancing in the oversaturation that can sometimes be apparent on SAMOLED screens. Some people like it but generally it makes colours too bright and fake looking.

AshUK said,
Whats he moaning at, the whites are white now not pale blue, they finally fixed the colour temperature

So it now a bad thing when something is corrected?

(Spork) said,
why is neowin so late posting android news but spot on with apple news lol

As of lately they're late with all news and miss quite a lot of them too

yeah might be my laptop screen, but not seeing a difference either. Anyway, terrible edited video, instead of just showing a side by side you have to hear him whining for 4 minutes.

Uhhh.. either the video sucks and I need a side by side comparison, or its april first early this year..

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