Night Shift, Apple’s new iOS feature revealed this week alongside the iPhone SE, already has competition from a similar function in Google Android.
Night Mode has been found by eagle–eyed users playing around with Google’s beta release of its new Android N software. Like Night Shift, it allows users to tweak the colour temperature of their device’s display, both manually and automatically.
Switching from blue light to yellow when it gets dark is meant to put less strain on users’ eyes in the hours before they go to bed and can apparently improve sleep.
Night Mode is tucked away in a special ‘System UI Tuner’ menu in Android N, accessible by holding down the gear tab in the OS’s notifications section. The toggle for Night Mode is then accessed via the Colour and Appearance tab.
Google has not made any official comment about the feature, or said whether it will definitely make the cut when Android N is given its official release, most likely at the end of the year.
Android N has been rolled out early to beta testers and developers, despite the fact that last year’s Android Marshmallow release is still only installed on 2% of compatible smartphones and tablets.
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