Unfortunately for the Pixel 2 XL, screen burn-in isn't the only display-related problem being reported. Apple's upcoming iPhone X won't have any such home button burn-in problem because there is no virtual home button (going to the home screen is now a gesture). To Google's credit, the company always tries to make up for it with some sort of incentive and that's no different this time around. On the bottom section of the smartphone screen in the image, you can clearly see burned-in remains of the navigation bar in the grey section.
It has created a panicked situation for most users of the Google Pixel 2 XL.
"The Pixel 2 XL screen has been designed with an advanced POLED technology, including QHD+ resolution, wide colour gamut, and high contrast ratio for natural and handsome colors and renderings", Android Central quoted a Google spokesperson as saying late unday.
Year after year we hope Google gets its logistics act together (and discovers that the world consists of more than 6-7 countries), but maybe 2017 isn't the lucky one either. Burn-in, in contrast, never vanishes. It's a fairly common problem on OLED devices, but it usually occurs much later in a device's lifespan. Potentially frustrating, but not an absolute deal breaker even though it is a problem with the main way you see and interact with your $949 phone. However, reports like the one above, from Android Central executive editor Alex Dobie, seem like classic case of burn in. We're not really sure though if it's already a burn-in. "We will provide updates as soon as we have conclusive data". Essentially, you end up with ghost images left behind on the screen.
The issue is something known as burn-in, whereby the screen continues to display a ghost image of something that has previously appeared on the screen for a long time.
In fairness, Google isn't directly manufacturing the Pixel 2, instead handing off the responsibility to HTC.