Twitter has launched a Night Mode feature for its official app on Android. It replaces the bright white blinding light with a deep blue eye-friendly interface.
Users first tested Nigh Mode in May. It switches colors of the interface of the app, making the text light over a dark background. The app will now be more pleasant for users because they can experience a comfortable reading, not only during the day but also by night. As for the implementation, Twitter kept it basic and simple. By expanding the app’s slide out menu, users will see a toggle at the bottom, which turns Night Mode on and off.
There is no need to upgrade the app to get Night Mode, although it seems to be available only in the latest version of the app. Users just need to reboot Twitter to see the new feature. The addition of Night Mode for iOS has not been mentioned yet, but it might be in the works.
Apple users can count on Night Shift to adapt their devices to the external conditions
While there is still no Night Mode on Twitter for iOS app, users can use Night Shift, a feature that Apple launched earlier this year to modify the interface of the devices. Night Shift automatically regulates the brightness and colors of the screen to make them more suitable for night use. It was made available in the iOS 9.3 update.
For Android users, although Twitter is the only app with an official Night Mode feature, there are other external apps that regulate the complete settings of the phone, like Twilight. This app makes the device screen adapt to the time of the day, with a soft red filter that softens brightness and intensity of the screen.
Studies have confirmed that using electronic devices before going to bed is harmful
The importance of improving smartphone and tablet features to have a nocturnal mode available comes from the harmful effects that smartphone’s screens can have on a person’s health.
The blue light emitted by LED screens directly enters the eyes and provokes a deficient production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. When using electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime, the brain interprets the light from the device as sunlight, messing with the sleep cycle, and depriving the person of a good night’s sleep.
Besides affecting rest time, using the smartphone in bed can also be highly damaging to the eyes. Last month, a new effect of smartphones lights on the sight was established. Known as “transient smartphone blindness,” this condition may affect people who use the smartphone while laying in bed with one eye covered by a pillow and the other exposed to the light.
One eye gets accustomed to the brightness of the screen while the other gets accustomed to the darkness. When the light of the smartphone goes off, the eyes cannot easily adjust to sleeping conditions, leading to blindness that can last up to 15 minutes.
Specialists have suggested that the effects of the screen lights at night are not being taken seriously, but at least tech companies are working on making their devices less damaging.
For those who can't find the night mode on Twitter, here is a screen grab pic.twitter.com/r5TBBDNoAa
— Karishad (@Karishad) July 27, 2016