Android phones may soon no longer blind you in the dark


A minor but significant change to determine the initial brightness of the display.

How many times have you been blinded by the blinding brightness of your phone’s screen while attempting to unlock it in a dimly lit room? This is a long-standing issue with almost all of our favourite Android phones. This occurs because the operating system does not account for ambient brightness when you first turn on the screen. The brightness of the display is initially set to the same level as before it was locked. Only after turning on the display does the calibration take place. With a future release of Android, Google could put an end to this problem.

Mishaal Rahman discovered Google working on using the “brightness sensor to determine the screen’s initial brightness” in the source code of Android 13 QPR2. This will help ensure that the phone takes the ambient light into account to ensure the screen is not too bright in a dark room or environment.

This minor change to the auto brightness behavior ensures that the brightness of your phone’s display does not blind you when switching from a brightly lit to a dark environment.

Android’s Achilles heel has long been auto brightness. While things are not as bad as they were previously, it still struggles in difficult situations. This change may not appear to be significant, but it is one of the improvements that Android, as a mature operating system, should have already had.

It is unclear whether Google will include this change in the next Pixel Feature Drop or Android 14, which is expected to be released in the third quarter of this year.

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