Sony Xperia XA1 series to drop 'Night Light' mode with Oreo update

Sony Xperia XA1 series won't support 'Good Night Actions' after Android 8.0 Oreo update

  • Published: February 16, 2018 4:37 PM IST

Since smartphone makers seem to be following Apple with the addition of night mode with new softwate update, Sony seems to be reverse engineering with its Xperia smartphones. Sony’s Xperia XA1 series of smartphones come built-in with a feature called “Good night actions” that allows users to reduce blue light of the display.

Now, the Japanese tech giant has confirmed that it will drop that feature with the release of Android Oreo update for these smartphones. According to Xperiablog, the confirmation came via reply to a query raised by a user on Twitter. It also confirmed that there are no plans to add such a feature to other Xperia smartphones.

Since Apple introduced “Night Shift” mode with its iOS update for iPhone, it has become evident that an option to shift blue light towards a yellow hue works in dark environment or just before going to bed. The feature was widely appreciated by tech critics and was expected to become a common thing on all smartphones. Even smartphones from lesser known brands have adopted the feature since it becomes a value addition for a new smartphone user.

However, Sony has stated clearly that the feature will only be available for Xperia XA1, Xperia XA1 Ultra and Xperia XA1 Plus running Android 7.0 Nougat. If you own a Xperia XA1 lineup device then you must stick with Nougat and not upgrade to Oreo if you want Xperia Good Night Action feature on your smartphones. While the action can be achieved via some third-party applications, Sony cautions that it does not warrant or guarantee the optimal performance of such apps.

Sony first introduced a ‘Night Light’ mode with the release of concept builds for its Xperia smartphones. But the feature never made it to the stable version of its software. It is also unclear why the company is removing the feature since it does not hurt to have it baked into the operating system.

It has been scientifically proven that using smartphone just before going to bed can make it difficult to get sleep. Scientists have proved that the blue light of the display tricks the brain to think that it is still day and hence getting sleep becomes difficult. While a feature light night shift mode does help, smartphone users would better off not using smartphones few hours before going to bed.

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  • Published Date: February 16, 2018 4:37 PM IST