Google will most likely be bringing its ‘Night Mode’ back in the game through its Android 7.1 Nougat update that will be landing on Nexus devices soon, reports suggest.
Back when the Android 7 Nougat was in developer preview mode, Google gave a glimpse of Android’s ‘Night Mode’ feature that is similar to Apple’s Night Shift. The feature did create a stir as it was one of the most requested features. Being in developer preview, users were hoping that it would be made available in Android 7.0 final release, but that didn’t happen as it was pulled by Google just before the final release as the ‘Night Mode’ wasn’t completely ready.
After the feature was removed from the final build of Nougat, a thread named “Bring Back Night Mode” was posted on company’s issue tracker. Now, the search giant has changed its status to ‘Future Release’. This indicates that the night mode is likely to come back in a future release, possibly the upcoming Android 7.1 Nougat update. Of course users might have to wait for longer if the company decides to push out the feature with a future update.
The ‘Night Mode’ essentially adjusts the screen colour temperature in order to prevent excessive strain on user’s eyes. There have always been apps that can help users adjust the screen colour temperature, such as f.lux, but system-level integration makes this feature extremely useful.
Regarding the removal of night mode features in the Android N, a team of Google Engineers had earlier revealed that both dark theme and screen tinting had to be abandoned for similar reasons. The team claimed that both these were not going to be ready by the time Android N was launched publicly. Further, the team said that it did not want to leave a “half-working” feature in the platform.
The team pointed out that the implementation on an ecosystem-wide scale was difficult, and work on the features was not judged to be a sound allocation of resources.