Unexpectedly long for a premium range product, the list of grievances touches on the most diverse aspects, such as the security of face recognition, the wasted potential of radar technology sensors used for gesture control detection, and how Google has chosen to hinder the hardware capabilities of the device.
While the first screen issue has been resolved with a firmware update, another continues to dissatisfy users who are trying to watch HDR clips. Apparently, the screen of the Pixel 4 phones achieves a maximum brightness setting of about 450 nits, almost half the level offered on flagship models delivered by Samsung and Apple. Searching for the source of the problem, members of the modding community found that Google inexplicably limited the maximum brightness of the screen, well below the phone's hardware capabilities.
In the absence of an official firmware update that will permanently remove it, the limitation can be lifted by entering text commands, accepted only after unlocking the Android version using the ROOT process. The result is a brightness of up to 610 nits when viewing HDR clips, the change for good is easy to spot. Unfortunately, the change only remains until the screen is turned off, so it cannot be considered a permanent solution.
The ones presented above unfortunately lead to another neuralgic point on the list of dissatisfactions – the mediocre autonomy of the battery. Thus, even with the screen brightness artificially limited to 450 nits, the Pixel 4 phones only offer about 4 hours of continuous use (screen-on-time), or about a day of autonomy, writes go4it.ro