The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 comes with a blue light filter option similar to the iPhone's Night Mode


Although Samsung didn't mention it during yesterday's Galaxy Note 7 launch event, it turns out that the sixth installment in the Galaxy Note phablet series comes with a blue light display filter option.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the hottest smartphone of the moment, and as detailed information starts surfacing online, it's starting to look like the Note 7 has a bunch of undermarketed but really useful features. Earlier today, we've talked about how the Galaxy Note 7's Power Saving mode can quickly lower the display resolution to FHD or HD, and now we're here to inform you that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 also comes with a blue light filter that users can quickly turn off or on right from the quick settings dropdown.

In the Galaxy Note 7 display settings menu, just below the brightness level, Samsung has added a new toggle that activates/deactivates the blue light display filter. The same functionality is also offered right from the quick settings screen, which serves to prove that Samsung is expecting users to frequently use activate and deactivate this feature. 

From what we can tell, Samsung's blue light filter option is not as customizable as third-party apps that achieve the same functionality, meaning that you can't set predefined hours during which the blue filter should slowly kick in and then fade away.

As most hardcore Android fans may know already, the upcoming Android 7.0 Nougat - which will probably launch in about a month or so - will land with a built-in blue light filter option.

Although both Samsung and Google are now showing an interest towards blue light filters, both tech giants are lagging behind Apple when it comes to native adoption. After banning blue light filter apps from the App Store, Apple has equipped its modern iPhones with a blue light filter that's referred to as the 'Night Mode'.

Just in case you're wondering what the deal with these blue light filter apps is, what you should know is that overexposure to blue light (and smartphone displays have a lot of that) can cause eye strain. Furthermore, too much blue light when the evening settles can disturb your sleeping pattern, which is why Apple is marketing its blue light filter as the 'Night Mode'.

Back to Samsung, chances are that this feature will eventually trickle down eventually to more of the company's flagship phones, seeing that this is purely a software feature.

What do you guys think, is anyone surprised to learn that Samsung has equipped it's Galaxy Note 7 with a blue light filter now that Android 7.0 Nougat is getting ready for prime time? Will you use the feature?

source: Sammobile

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60 Comments

1. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Why not just call it night mode like everyone else?

3. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Only Apple calls it night mode... oh.. Apple is everyone else to you i get it kek

39. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Nope, It's not just Apple devices that have this feature. Also, it's been available via various apps for a long time.

52. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Samsung should call it "Burn-In mode". I'm surprised they would include this feature as users will now have a pretty clear cut case for warranty claims due to the damage caused by it.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Because iPA loves to mention Apple all the time, even where it isn't necessary. Besides, Night Mode debuted in the f.lux app, which Apple kicked out of the App Store when Apple included f.lux's blue light filter in iOS 9... SMH

6. Unordinary unregistered

It wasnt in the app store first of all. It was on jailbroken devices, and if not jailbroken, it was sideloaded. SMH

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Huh? The f.lux app was indeed in Apple's App Store, but it required jailbreak in order to work! https://techcrunch.com/2016/01/15/f-lux-asks-apple-to-let-its-screen-brightness-app-back-into-app-store/ How would f.lux ask Apple to "let it's app back in into App Store", if the f.lux app had never been in App Store before? SMDH

29. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

So again, it was not supposed to be in the AppStore. He's right.

36. LeonVonKaiser

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 03, 2016

Uh no. If it was available in the app store, then it WAS an iOS app, regardless of it being supposed to be there or not. That's like saying Siri wasn't an iOS app because it's not in the app store anymore.

23. phonegeek1212

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

So f**king proud of you!!!!

32. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Why doesn't anyone here point out to phonearena that Apple's solution is called Night-Shift, not night mode?!

58. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Samsung call it powersaving, ultrasaving mode since ancient times. Before Apple called it nightmode.

69. LeonVonKaiser

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 03, 2016

I will assume you were following your name when you said that.

2. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

In what year will my S7 get this option?

27. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

In your dreams man th that's why i didn't buy any samsung devices any more after how my note 4 was treated.

38. iDing-Dong unregistered

F.L.U.X

63. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

You don't have to wait, you can download third party option from the play store like twilight.

4. LeonVonKaiser

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 03, 2016

Didn't the Note 3 and even the Galaxy Note 8 tablet have a similar feature called Reading Mode back then? I'm not sure if it specifically filters blue light like the one here but it did have a similar purpose of reducing eye strain for reading/night viewing.

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Reading Mode dims the screen's brightness, to protect your eyes from getting sore when reading e-books at night. Night Mode filters the blue light which is troublesome to your sleep. There's the difference.

16. LeonVonKaiser

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 03, 2016

Well ideally, the blue light will only really matter if you're looking at your phone. If you have your phone turned off or not looking at it, having the filter enabled/disabled won't make a difference.

22. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But do you operate your device without looking at it's screen?

31. LeonVonKaiser

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 03, 2016

"Night Mode filters the blue light which is troublesome to your sleep" I'm replying to what you said here. People wont be using the device if they're trying to sleep, hence having the feature enabled/disabled won't make a difference since you're not looking at the screen/screen is off. Now if you're trying to fall asleep BY using the device WHILE having the blue filter enabled, then it's no different to what Reading Mode does as it tries to do the same thing: adjust the lighting to reduce eye strain. It just so happened that the feature was named "Reading Mode" suggesting that it was to be used primarily for reading but anyone who has tried the feature knows you can select specific apps where the feature will work. ______________________________ "Although both Samsung and Google are now showing an interest towards blue light filters, both tech giants are lagging behind Apple when it comes to native adoption" I'm just raising this matter because this part of the article suggests as if it's the first time Samsung implemented a feature with the aim of reducing eye strain.

34. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Leon the filter is not just for the time before you are trying to sleep, it's to help us after sunset till the time we go to sleep. What do you think, the filter will work in an instant? It needs time after sunset to work efficiently. And as for your other statement, many people use their phone during nightime in bed, just before going to sleep! The blue light filter is very useful for such people!

35. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Answer to you ur last statement about Samsung implementing a feature...... :This part of the article does not suggest samsung implemented such a feature first, but it actually tells that both these tech giants are behind Apple only for native adoption of Night mode, not for adoption of features that reduce eye strains. Understand first before commenting.

37. LeonVonKaiser

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 03, 2016

Well I ain't leaning towards the "who did it first" discussion, just that Samsung is no stranger to a similar working feature. If the implementation/purpose of Reading Mode is drastically different than what the blue filter wants to achieve, then I rest my case. I don't have the Note 7 anyway to judge its purpose. I guess with me mostly working night shifts, it's a feature that I won't personally get intimate with.

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

As you sated, Reading Mode adjusts the brightness, to prevent eye-strain. Eye-strain is what makes it hard to sleep after staring at the display. The blue light filter simple dims the light and changes the hue to blue. It is equal to taking white and giving it a softer tone like a soft yellow. PA "thinks" it is different because of Apple's naming and because it uses a blue light filter. They don't consider the fact that light filters comes in many colors that are easier on the eyes, like Green and Yellow. PA just wants to give all the credit to Apple who doesn't deserve it. It is up to us to research the facts. The facts as you stated is, Samsung had a similar idea years ago.

11. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

People forget it. Because Its not a iPhone

7. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

My illusions are shattered, the all-knowing Techie told us this was a pointless feature but now the mighty Samsung who can do no wrong have included it in the Note 7... *mind blown*.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Even though its on a Samsung device, I still find the feature to be pointless. It is pointless because the feature is no different than having the display on auto. When the room is dark. the auto-brightness setting dims the screen to a darken soft white/grey light and the text is sharpened. The reason the feature is useless is because its redundant. It has nothing to do with Apple or Samsung specifically. You are an idiot. I'm not a hypocrite like you Apple fanboys. Something that is bad is bad period. Something that is good is good period. It doesn't matter who did it. It only matters to you fanboys because you want to use such to troll. You don't know me like you "think" you do. You're such a child! When is your momma coming home? Does she even allow you to use computers? Or do you need behind her back?!

51. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Nice rebuttal, Techie. You've owned that iFan, hands down!

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