Only Xperia XA1 family supports ‘night mode’ option; will lose it in Oreo update

by XB on 15th February 2018

in Android, Firmware, Xperia XA series

Sony Mobile introduced a ‘Night Light’ mode in its Concept software around a year ago, which worked really well. Frustratingly, Sony has not adopted this feature in its main software branch for any of its Xperia devices, despite abandoning its Concept software a while back.

It may not be widely known, but Sony does have an option on the Xperia XA1 family of phones (Xperia XA1, XA1 Ultra and XA1 Plus) to reduce the blue light, through the “Good night actions” function in the Xperia Actions feature. This is not as fully featured as the previous ‘Night Light’ mode, but it’s helpful nonetheless.

Well Sony Mobile has confirmed that this feature will not roll out to any other Xperia smartphones. Even worse, Xperia XA1 owners will lose this feature when they upgrade from Android Nougat to Android Oreo. We have no idea why Sony would remove the feature, but maybe it wants to make the software experience consistent across devices. Or, Sony could just add it for everyone…

The Xperia XA1 family supports reducing blue light through Xperia Actions

Sony confirms that this feature will be taken away in the Android Oreo update

Thanks Lazaros_K!

  • JC

    “It’s insulting and unacceptable.” – R. Anaya, future President of Mexico.


    Darn, I really like this feature too… This and being able to move apps to the SD card.

  • Prashanth Bagal

    I’m using Xperia xa ultra. I have installed Xperia actions from website and I’m enjoying the features of Xperia actions very well. I love the features provided in Xperia actions

  • Ther9reatSkull
    For people who want to use it on xperia z5

  • RockStar2005

    Let’s hope this is just temporary. They have apps for this on Play Store, but IMO it’s always better to have it natively.

  • Bennder

    Looks like Sony policy is ”why would we spend resources to make something that google will probably make in future android build and we can use it for free”

  • Sahil

    That ll work on xperia xa?

  • Sahil

    That is not working on xperia xa, can you tell us what version are you using?

  • Marinko Agic

    Xperia L1 have this too…

  • Piotrek

    The night light/Blue Light Filter option was also available in Xperia X in 7.0, but disappeared with update to 7.1.1.

  • Ther9reatSkull

    No but give me your (deodexed) framework-res.apk and I will make it work. it is super easy BTW

  • Geralt

    It’s reducing the bloat, which is great that Sony is adopting that policy. But agreed that some features should stay nonetheless.

    But if you want to say Sony uses Google’s features for free, so does every other OEM including Google itself uses some features built in the AOSP by Sony. :)

  • Sahil

    Frameworkres.apk? How do i do that pls tell me

  • iia3ezu

    Just install stock Android and stop trying to bloat up the software with Sony Mobile’s ‘innovations’ (crapware). Notice the measly available amount of free space found in a newly unboxed Xperia phone?

    Alternatively, Sony should consider collaborating with Google and release a Pixel device. Don’t let LG and Huawei have all the fun. That would be a much more useful project than… I dunno, making stupid Xperia themes and indulging in experimental Concept tweakings that probably won’t ever get into official Android?

  • Mike

    Google has a “Night Light” mode built into Android Oreo. Is it not on Sony phones?

  • Moisés

    Google bought part of HTC facilities, so they can built their Phones on their own. Part of the HTC squad will join Google. Some patents will be shared by HTC.

  • azzido

    Again, removing features/functions…

  • Manuel Picos Otero


  • comme des garcons

    MWC 2018 is kicking off in a week, still I haven’t seen any leaked pics of XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. That’s quite strange

  • RockStar2005

    Seriously? Well then maybe this is why they’re removing it??

  • RockStar2005

    So can you or someone confirm that the 2018 flagship phones will at least have it since they all will come with Oreo out of the box??

  • Ziggy

    it’s only in Pixel devices available.

  • Tann

    …and easily instalable from playstore, in numerous variants.

  • Sahil

    Can you share the apk version?

  • RockStar2005

    Oh ok.

    Well if I get a 2018 Xperia flagship, and it doesn’t have it either, I can just revert to using this app again as I’d done in the past. Works pretty well.

  • Khalid Abdi

    Hey guys Sony might put this new CMOS sensor on their new phones
    Xperiablog please look into this news

  • Kitsilano69852

    If sony really wants to reduce the bloat then it should eliminate all third party applications and sony applications that duplicate google applications.

  • Kitsilano69852

    Eliminating all the 3rd party applications from every xperia phone would be a start. Do you really need that stupid file commander?

  • Jan

    yup its easy to install any third party app from playstore. But it does not change my mind about having night mode out of the box. iPhone have it from years now.
    I also wonder why Google or Sony removed stock screen recording. I remember it was present on some of the previous software, and after upgrades it disappeared. I think it is not so very often used, but a nice feature to have. And i repeat, i prefer out of the box features. I use third party apps also, to be clear. but still its very nice and elegant to have features integrated into phone software. cheers fam xperia fam.

  • Tann

    Well, its a matter of preference tho. Android Oreo stock build is already heavily bloated with all the googles inbuilt feats and apps, and my Oreo on Xperia uses 1.7 gb of ram bare. That is just too much.
    Relieving OS build from feats that are easily installable/uninstallable from PlayStore, and in many different designs to ones personal liking, is IMO a better approach to system maintainance, performance, resource use, and faster more stable updates.
    Just install what feat you need.
    Same as for ex, special camera feats for Xperia camera apps, if I like and need some special camera mode, I ll install it, no need for it to be there preinstalled and uninstallable, just using unneccesary amount of ram and storage…
    I find myself liking some 3rd party apps much more than what is offered by stock android or Xperia UI. And I hate to have two apps for same functions on my phone just because that stock app comes preinstalled and uninstallable in OS.
    For ex, MX Player, UC Browser, ES File explorer, Xperia keyboard, etc….

  • laci_csk

    LOL now everyone wants something that nobody ever knew

  • Alvin

    Sony teases something curved for MWC 2018.

  • Keyz Kelly

    How about the Xperia Z series ?? Why it doesn’t include in the oreo update ??? What a shame…

  • Frank Leone

    I have a xa1 and i don’t have this feature

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