New Xperia X Concept update adds Night Light feature (38.3.A.0.66)

by XB on 20th January 2017

in Firmware, Xperia X series


Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for Xperia X Nougat Concept users in the form of build number 38.3.A.0.66. This latest update adds a new feature called “Night Light”, which is similar to what apps like Twilight do.

When switched on through the display settings, “Night Light” will tint your screen a pink-ish amber colour during night time, which is meant to make your phone easier to read at night and help you to sleep better as it reduces exposure to blue light. The settings allows you to turn the feature on from sunset to sunrise, or you can customise the exact timing.

Other additions include the latest 1 January 2017 Google security patches, a new version of the Xperia Home launcher (10.2.A.1.18) and bug fixes for the noise cancelling feature and fingerprint test in the service menu. Sony says that there should also be better network handling. The latest version is currently live for all those in the Xperia Concept running the Experimental track.

  • Don_Alduck

    I use the paid version of Twilight and IMO that has the best colours for night time use. This looks way too dark and way too pink. Hope it’ll make it to the Z, X series soon and it’ll be adjustable.
    By the way, this feature should have been added to Android years ago. I’ve been using f.lux on my PC for years and it’s one of the best.

  • It’s actually more orange.
    Interestingly when you take a screenshot with Night Light on it doesn’t tint the screenshot.

    The one in the story looks like it’s been done with Twilight.

    NB I’ve been a longtime Twilight user and Concept Night Light is very acceptable.

  • Hope to have this on a android 7.1 on my Z5

  • Don_Alduck

    Maybe it’s just the photo that we can’t tell exactly, still, having an adjustable button and to set it auto-adjust to time would make the perfect combination..
    You’re most probably right, I’ve changed the dimness and the colours a bit differently on Twilight so it suits my needs a little bit better :)

  • AG12

    The screen looks far nicer in real life much more subtle and I was using Twilight pro as a stop gap. While the Concept team came up with this solution, after Google stopped users using Night mode.

    The other great plus is of course the Concept version of Night mode ensure screenshots come out with no tint, plus no issues when installing apps which you get with screen overlay, also the controls being built in the settings is nice.

  • Vuyo Ncube

    Silly question: could you just manually change the colour balance at night to produce the same effect?

  • XperiaBlog

    Yes, the actual screenie does not actually show the tint, which is why we had to take a picture of the phone itself. This is of the Concept Night Time feature, rather than Twilight.

  • It’s not – it’s been developed by the Concept team… but if the demand is big enough then it could get picked up.

  • If you want to do that every night and of every morning and you have appropriate controls, then yes.

    NB this is more about filtering out blue light than boosting reds and greens.

  • Pixelado

    Great. CM had this since lollipop, it’s under display and lights -> live display -> night mode.
    I downloaded CF.lumen just to get a similar effect on my Z2.

  • Oscar Federico Wingartz

    On my way yo download it, lets see how it goes

  • Yes. I know :)

  • One of my favorite features of 7.0 is the hidden night mode feature that can be opened by a launcher app from the Play Store. So glad to see Sony making sure this feature sticks around in 7.1 as an official feature.

  • KIMI
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  • Sky

    nope mine dont have

  • KIMI

    I guess im the odd one out.
    Nifty feature nevertheless

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  • Are you on nougat?

  • KIMI

    Yes, yes I am.
    Build 32.3.A.0.372

  • I will wait then! I´m on MM :(

  • Many OEMs left it alone as Android were going to include it in Nougat – then it was hidden in 7.0 and they’ve ditched it for 7.1 so OEMs then have to develop it.

  • The benefit of it being a system function as supposed to an app it there are no security issues with screen overlays.

    I’d like some more sophisticated functionality as in Twilight, but the pros of inbuilt outway 3rd party for me.

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