Android Will Soon Allow In-App Updates

Judy Cobb
November 9, 2018

Google made several announcements at the Android Dev Summit this week in Mountain View, California, including the possibility of a new "foldable" screen. Yes, most of the new phones will get you through the day, and the advantage is clearly on Android, as some vendors have equipped their devices with massive battery packs. Thankfully, Google just told us how to improve battery life on certain Android and most of the new iPhones, admitting a mistake in Android design in the process.

As seen in the first example: Night Mode can be a big help to reduce power consumption on devices with OLED displays but isnt as likely to have such a positive effect with LCD displays since all the pixels on an LCD panel are lit from the same source, meanwhile, OLED panels pixels are self-illuminated. This makes sense, since OLED displays feature individual pixels that barely do any work on dark areas of the screen. While white uses up the most power, black used up the least amount.

Dark mode draws 43% lesser power at full brightness compared to "normal mode" in the YouTube app, according to Business Insider.

Google also showed a comparison between the original Pixel and the iPhone 7 which is self-explanatory, as long as you're aware of the screen differences between the two devices. But you won't really find true dark modes for any of them.

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Google also rolled out Instant discovery that allows to easily adopt the new kind of apps.

Note that changing to Dark Mode only converts the UI colour to black background.

Google has revealed its findings about dark mode and how it affects battery life.

One of my pet peeves would be app updates. By offering the Dark Mode, Goole is trying to help save eyes as well as the battery on the smartphones, unlike its Material Design.

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