Google might bring back ‘Night Mode’ for Nexus devices with Nougat update

Google might be bringing 'Night Mode' back for Nexus 5X and 6P that went missing when the phones upgraded to Android Nougat

By: Tech Desk | Updated: November 11, 2016 5:56 pm
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Google is ready to bring back ‘Night mode’ for Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P after the feature was removed with the Android 7.1 Nougat beta OTA. The move comes after weeks of the Nexus community showing dismay over the exit of the function.

Responding to a user on his Google+ page of Android Developer, Ian Lake explained why the ‘Night mode’ function went missing with the Nougat update for Nexus phones. In his post Lake said, “Night Light uses a new hardware composer interface to do color transforms on the display hardware rather than using a GL Shader, which unfortunately means it requires driver support that is not present on Nexus devices.”

Night mode is an important function in a smartphone, which gives the screen a yellowish tinge (a blue light filter) helping users beat eye strain when using it in low light condition. The function also converts all the white backgrounds to black backgrounds with white text on top, thus reducing glare.

Even while the night mode was disabled with the latest update, many third-party apps on the Google Play Store worked as a stop-gap remedy. The function is marked as a ‘Future Release’, which means that it will be addressed by the next Android update from Google. In the meanwhile, Nexus users can continue to use apps in the Play Store to use similar functions.

Google has done away with the Nexus series of smartphones, in favour of their self developed Pixel smartphone that was launched last month. Even while the Pixels are being made by HTC, they devices carry a Google logo on the back. To differentiate their Pixel lineup, Google has also given the devices exclusive features with the Nougat OS.

Click here, to check out the full list of exclusive features for the Pixel, Pixel XL