Following the release of the first Android 12 developer preview, we’ve seen a lot of new features, including a dedicated trash can and a one-handed mode that Google is currently working on. Now, within the latest Android 12 Developer Preview 3 release, a new “Extra Dim” feature has been discovered that allows users to dim their screens beyond their device’s lowest brightness setting.
Extra dim screen brightness on Android 12
The “Extra Dim” feature is aimed at smartphones that come with not-so-dim displays and remain bright enough even after users set them to the lowest possible brightness setting. Therefore, this feature will allow the system to dim the brightness of these displays to a point beyond what the OEM might have set.
Google has reportedly been working on the feature for quite some time. It was initially called “Reduce Bright Colors” or “Reduce Brightness” in previous versions. However, Google seems to like the “Extra Dim” nickname for the feature. According to the Mountain View giant, the feature will make a screen comfortable to view. “When the default minimum brightness of your phone is still too bright”, or when “Using your phone in dark situations, such as at night or in a dark room before going to bed.”
Now when we get to the “Extra Dim” feature (available as “Reduce brightness” to us), it resides as a toggle in the quick settings menu. So you can use the lever to quickly lower the brightness on your device.
Apart from this, you can also go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Extra Dim to access some additional settings for the feature. This includes a “Strength” slider, a toggle for an “Extra dim” shortcut, and a toggle for the feature to stay on after rebooting the device.
In terms of availability, the “Extra Dim” or “Reduce Brightness” feature is currently available in the DP3 version of Android 12. It is scheduled to launch with the other new features for Android devices later this year. However, there is a possibility that Google will remove it in the stable version of Android 12.
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