Android Messages 2.8 introduces a white navigation bar

image courtesy of Reddit user R0BBiNG

In November of last year, it became clear that Google has a plan to mitigate screen burn-in on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL by introducing light-colored nav bars in its apps. Well, to be absolutely fair, this won't negate the problem, per se, but rather "even out" the burn-in, so you don't end up with an imprint of the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. The Google app and Google Photos were first in tow to receive the treatment, and now it's time for Android Messages to follow suit.

One of the biggest culprits for uneven screen burn-in on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, as well as last year's models, is the persistent navigation bar that Google uses – a black stripe with bright, white buttons. Since the navbar is almost always on-screen, after extended use, it is bound to leave its mark on the OLED panel. Or rather, preserve the area at the bottom, while the rest of the screen gradually succumbs to burn-in, which results in a seemingly "negative" image of the nav bar at the bottom.

In version 2.8, Android Messages introduces a solid white navigation bar with gray buttons, in a bid to offset whatever uneven burn-in might have been caused on your Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. No other notable features have been introduced in the update, which is rolling out now on Google Play.

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1. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Much changes, such news

4. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

They didn't factor in those with older pixels have un-even burn in. Need capacitive buttons again.

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I just want 3 pressure activated buttons at the bottom of my S8+ instead of using onscreen buttons

3. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

Or no buttons at all like on the iPhone X and webOS before it.

5. applesnapple93

Posts: 312; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

they need to stop adding cosmetic details and really rework the app. It is so slow and clunky compared to 3rd party text apps like textra. It is also missing key features.

6. RevolutionA

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

iMessage can do better than this

7. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

iMessage is light years ahead. Android Messages doesn't even have RCS support.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Nope, Android Messages supports RCS & Universal Profile Problem is most carriers & Apple don't support Universal Profile yet

9. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

One of the first apps I ALWAYS disabled on my OnePlus One. Textra does a whole a lot more and doesn't have any of the scroogle data-mining concerns, same devs that made biteSMS for the jailbreak community.

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