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Oreo Colorizer is a new app that makes colors on the Pixel 2 display more vibrant. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

The displays on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones have been criticized for being dull and lacking color saturation. Now, a new app called Oreo Colorizer is here to make the colors on the Pixel 2 smartphones more vibrant.

Oreo Colorizer is a pretty simple app that’s free for Android devices. The app pumps up the color saturation on the displays on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL so that it can match the look of other OLED displays, or simply match the vibrant colors that are on the original Pixel phones from last year.

Developer Carlos Lopez said on Android Police that the Oreo Colorizer app forces the Pixel 2 to use a wider color gamut instead of using the standard color space. The displays on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are using the sRGB color space to deliver more accurate colors. The Oreo Colorizer forces the phones’ displays to use the DCI-P3 color space instead. Lopez says the app uses an invisible system overlay that operates in a wide color gamut. This forces the display to shift to an alternative color space. The app will not only work for the Pixel 2’s home screen, but for all other apps as well.

The Oreo Colorizer app has two modes. By default, the app only colorizes the screen when something on the display moves or changes. The second mode is called high-performance, which colorizes the whole display regardless of what’s happening on the screen. This seems ideal for watching video content, but 9To5Google says that this mode seems to slightly affect the overall performance of the Pixel 2.

If users are fed up with the dull-looking colors of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL displays, Oreo Colorizer seems like the perfect app to try out. The app is available to download for free from APK Mirror. Users who want to download the app must enable unknown sources under their security settings in order to sideload the app from their web browser.

The OLED displays on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have been the biggest issue on the new pair of Google flagship smartphones. Reviews for the handset arrived from several sites like The Verge and CNET pointed out that the colors seem to be undersaturated when compared to other flagship smartphones. Pixel 2 users on forum sites like Reddit and XDA Forums have also complained about the lack of vibrant colors on the displays. Some tried to boost the colors on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s displays by activating Vivid mode under the display settings. This did pump up the saturation, but the result was still unsatisfactory.

Because of this, Google released the following statement last week:

We designed the Pixel display to have a more natural and accurate rendition of colors this year but we know some people prefer more vivid colors so we've added an option to boost colors by 10% for a more saturated display. We're always looking at people's responses to Pixel and we will look at adding more color options through a software update if we see a lot of feedback.