In the wake of this morning ‘Nexus’ benchmark leaks we are now getting a first look at some more UI refinements coming to the 2016 Google smartphones line-up, the 5.5″ Marlin and 5″ Sailfish.
Courtsey of Android Police, we are getting a look at a few new UI elements including the Settings app, ambient display mode, and the rumoured night mode.
The new settings UI is coming ready to support the expected Google Support Tool we previously covered, that will allow Nexus owners to get real time onscreen assistant straight from Google. Unfortunately, there aren’t any screenshots of the current version of the support tool but you can see a tab ready for it.
Google’s night time display mode has a name, “Night Light”. For those unfamiliar with the concept, the night mode removes the blue light from your display – which apparently adversely affects your sleep. There are several popular 3rd party apps and Some OEMs already doing this, but Google is now baking it into their hardware (maybe software too).
There was a similar feature in the Android N developer preview that was pulled before the final version. It’s interesting to now see it appear exclusively for Google hardware, adding further credence to Sundar Pichai’s statements about Google adding more feature exclusive to their hardware.
One of the features that Motorola brought to the world was their Moto Display feature where important information and notifications could easily be displayed on the lock screen. according tho this leak Google has refined that feature into “Quick screen check”.
By either double tapping the screen or picking up the device you can wake the display to quickly glance at your lock screen notifications. It’s little features like these that delight users and it’s nice to see them included. It’s also nice to see an off toggle for those sick of phones waking and activating in their pockets.
As with all rumours of this nature just take a grain of salt and remember that even if this is how Google is intending to release the products right now, anything can change between now and launch?
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