Perhaps this thing about Google being more assertive in its design on its Nexus phones has a whole bunch of implications that we may have to dive into come release time.

Remember the Night Mode feature that was dropped so long ago? We remember it every night when an urgent notification interrupts our rest and we turn the phone on and BANG! All the light comes in. Especially that strong blue light.

Kiss your corneas everyday.

Android Police was told by a Android project lead that “the implementation of night mode [was] not up to Google’s standards, and that it didn’t perform in an acceptable way”.

The outlet is now theorizing that with Google’s more aggressive Nexus mission, the rechristened Night Light would be coming back at a more visible and more tangibly triggered position in the settings — the option gets a hard string through to the specific GPU of the device — as opposed to through a tool in Android’s accessibility suite.

In other words, it’s not Android code, it’s code written for the Nexus device. That’s just a possibility at this point, though. It won’t be long before the upgrade takes place and we find out.

As for the feature itself, it’s limited to controlling the display’s color temperature — none of that Dark Theme crud — and you can supposedly schedule Night Light to switch on and off per a custom schedule or with the sun cycles.

Other new hints:

  • You have an option to double-tap your sleeping device’s screen to trigger Ambient Display.
  • Settings gets a two-tab UI with “Support” as one and “All” as the default.
  • There’s a “VR” category in the settings.

By the way, if you think waking up to phone blindness is simply a brightness problem, you’d be amazed how a night mode would cut down on that immediate impact.

Source: Android Police

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