Twitter Rolls Out Night Mode For Android Users
So, why do you need a night mode anyway, be it Twitter or any other app? Well, it’s simple – night modes go beyond being a bells-and-whistles feature, they are in fact more or less integral to several devices and apps. Their USP is a feature which allows users to read their tweets (or those of others) in low to no-light conditions, and without any strain on the eyes.
It’s not just about Twitter, in fact, most smartphones and e-book readers too operate with a night mode, which the app switches to automatically as the light conditions change. Night modes become significant because switching to this mode is not only easier on the eyes, but because bright screens can trigger off an interference with an individual’s sleeping patterns. Making use of this option, is only prudent.
While the blue-and-white colour scheme that Twitter has adopted is distinctive and has come to define the app; for those tweeting through the night, it can cause some amount of irritation to the eyes. It’s only logical then, for Twitter to roll out this feature, ‘Night Mode’ for its Android app.
It’s simple to enable, as well – all you have to do is click on either the profile icon or the navigation menu icon, which will change the background of the app to a dark blue colour, with white text. Next to Night Mode, all you have to do is, to drag the slider to turn on or off. For individuals using devices with AMOLED displays and looking to save on battery life, switching the screen to black (instead of blue) would have helped significantly, but it still definitely is not a deal-breaker.
While this feature is currently available exclusively on Android, the future of this roll-out on iOS devices is still anybody’s guess, with no announcements regarding availability having been made.
However, if there is a downside to this feature – its mode is not self-regulated, which means that the app does not switch modes the minute the time changes on your smartphone clock, or say if you switch time zones. Instead, a user needs to switch manually, which can be a bit of a downside for those more used to glitch-free technology.
What’s the verdict, then?
Currently, the Twitter for Android app is available for those phones using Android OS versions 2.3+, but should you choose to run it on an earlier version, it will work, but will not provide you the full-feature version unless you are on v4.1 and above.
When it comes to installing the night mode, this one doesn’t require too much of mulling over – when a feature does promise to be soothing to the eyes, it is reason enough to use it. What’s more, you don’t even need to go to the Google Play Store and update the app – all it takes is a quick, fuss-free reload of the app for the feature to kick in.
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by techtalks @TechTalks August 9, 2016 5:17 AM UTC