Is your smartphone or tablet a key part of your nighttime rituals? Do you like to curl up in bed with your favorite app, check the latest news, and maybe watch some videos before drifting off to sleep? You’re far from alone, but sometimes that late-night device usage can have a negative impact on our sleep. Problem is, all the blue-spectrum light given off by mobile screens has a tendency to mess with our natural circadian rhythms – we see all that blue, and our brains think it’s daytime, not sleep time. We’ve already looked at some apps that try and remedy this situation by dialing-down the blue components of on-screen graphics, and now Amazon’s delivering a similar feature to users of its Kindle Fire series of tablets, all thanks to a new Fire OS 5 update.
The update introduces a feature Amazon’s calling Blue Shade, which minimizes blue light from the tablets’ screen output. That should not only help cut down on eye strain, but allow users to interact with their tablets in the time leading up to bed without interfering with natural sleep cycles.
Beyond Blue Shade, the update also introduces expanded Parental Controls, including an Activity Center that gives parents quick stats on how children are using their devices.
The Fire OS update is headed out now, and will continue to hit more and more users over the weeks to come.