Google PlayBooks’ New ‘Night Light’ Makes Night Reading Easy

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

All Reading Apps Should Feature Play Books’ New Light Filter.

Reading in bed is basically a national pastime. 9To5Mac is reporting that Google has introduced a new feature for its PlayBook app users, “Night Light.” This is designed for Android users who like to read a book through at night.

But staring at the bright screen of an e-book before sleep can be damaging to the eyes, while the blue light from smartphones and tablets may suppress our bodies’ production of melatonin, causing major sleep problems. Many people have experienced the disappointment of trying to read other chapters from their e-favorite books and having to put the gadget down because its inappropriate lighting affects their vision, since it is too dark or too bright. To combat those restless nights, Google has added Night Light to the Google Play Books app, which gradually filters your screen’s blue light, replacing it with an amber hue that grows darker as the sun sets. Now, these concerns have ended because Google launched this week a new upgrade to its Books app in Google Play that aims to make reading e-books a lot better for the eyes. Thanks to the night lighting option, there is no need to adjust the distance or re-calibrate the device’s display brightness because the Books upgrade 3.7 will instantly do the necessary modifications for the user.

The search giant has evidently added this feature to improve user experience, with so many enjoying a good book before they sleep, which led Google to integrate this feature into its much-famed app. Rolling out now to Android and iOS, Night Light can be activated on your phone or tablet via a pop-up notification the next time you open a digital book.

But what is nice is how it ensures that the app displays text with increasingly red-green light, providing warmer pink-orange hues, as the evening wears on. Night Light automatically adapts to the amount of natural sunlight outside based on the time of day, giving you just the right temperature and brightness. Google Play’s officials have published the news on the company’s formal blog earlier this week and affirmed that its enhancement is being released for the clients of both iOS and Android operating systems.

Amazon took a similar step earlier this month, updating Fire Tablets with Blue Shade, which “uses specialized filters to limit exposure to blue light.” The free feature—available on Fire HD 10, Fire HD 8, and Fire tablets (video below)—can be turned on or off with a single tap, and lets users drop the display brightness to an “ultra-low level.” For more, see How to Put Free Ebooks on Your Amazon Kindle. Kindle offers competitive features like shopping books, syncing eBooks, reading free books, a reading sample before purchase, plus customizing the screen while reading. Since tests have proven that bright lighting, especially blue lighting, has a negative impact on the melatonin production, the chemical element responsible for telling the body when is the perfect time to sleep, Google decided to bring important changes for its e-readers allow people to enjoy their reading sessions and still have a good night sleep. The search engine says that the function is currently offered in more online stores, but if people do not have the newest Play Books upgrade available to them, they can download it automatically.

One other recent function mentioned in this development of the application is the choice to obtain notification each time when a writer of a magazine in the book collection posts new material on Google Play Store. The PlayBook user base could get a shot in the arm, because people usually choose to read more in the holiday season because they have the leisure time.

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