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At the Android Dev Summit, Google recalled the benefits of dimming a mobile device's settings - an OLED smartphone's night mode helps conserve battery power, thereby increasing phone battery life. When displayed as light as possible, it takes a lot of energy to maintain the brightness of each pixel, but when dark tones prevail, battery power is consumed minimally.

Taking its own Pixel smartphone as an experimental prototype, Google has demonstrated that white requires six times more mA than black. (320 and 50 mA, respectively). At 100% screen brightness, the benefits of dimming are even more convincing. So, the night mode in YouTube consumes about 96 mA, while the standard brightness settings consume almost 2.5 times more energy on video hosting.

At the same time, the search engine publicly acknowledged its own past decisions that underestimated the benefits of using sparing color brightness in applications. Design management at Google often had technical requirements to design programs using bright colors and a predominance of white tones.

Now the search engine plans to provide resource savings for its applications, making them less energy consuming. The night theme is on YouTube, and a night mode for Android is planned, although dark settings are already available in Messages for the mobile OS.

Modern flagship mobile devices often have energy-intensive technical characteristics, be it 3D scanners, triple cameras, OLED matrices. Technically more advanced smartphones use up battery power faster than the previous generation of phones. To increase the time period until the next charge, experts advise using smartphone night mode, using energy-saving settings for Android, dimming the display on devices with OLED panels, using Wi-Fi rather than LTE networks.

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Author: Jake Pinkman