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Night Driving Mode? -another crusade

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by BottledHate, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    i wish they would have conditions for car dock and media dock... that would make things much easier.... as it is now i have a night mode option i turn on and off as needed. with a dock condition.... [while in car dock... from 6pm-bleh.... ]--->[Dim dis b****]. done. set it and forget it! ha

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  2. Crude

    Crude Android Expert

  3. rawness

    rawness Android Enthusiast

    Sure, options are great, I just wanna make sure we're talking about the same thing when people call the screen "blinding".
  4. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    [off topic rant about locale re: Car Dock and Media Dock conditions]

    it would be sooo simple and small i imagine to make a plugin to do that for locale... all it has to do is read two magnetic sensors and notify locale... sdk's are availible for both, but i don't have time to learn that right now. it is something i want to do tho! i have plenty of programming experience. next year.........
  5. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast
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    for me i notice in that if i glance at the gps for a sec then back at the road my night vision is hindered for a short time. i also notice in my mirror how lit up my face is from the thing.

    i probably could dim the screen more. i would also like to have a night driving mode/ color scheme/ ect. option availible.
  6. rawness

    rawness Android Enthusiast


    Yes, I do understand that it is bothering you, I just wanna be sure that it is bothering you with auto-brightness (which is the built-in feature to dim the screen at night).

    Also until you get a fix, you could try using "satellite view" (to me, that's generally less bright than the standard view)
  7. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    yes.. it does bug me even with the screen at its dimmest.

    i'd like to see something like this:


    night mode...

    Day mode:
  8. JRSly

    JRSly Member

    White is white, no matter how bright the screen is. It's still going to be a severe contrast to the darker world outside the car and cause some potentially dangerous image retention on the retinas.
  9. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    That's what I do - but the basic BG is still white, as opposed to reversing colors. On the Infiniti M35 w/ Nav, for example, it senses daylight (for the head lamps) and also sends that to the NAV system - at night time / darkness, the 2 primary colors, white and black, are reversed, leaving hte others the same (roadways, colored signs, etc). This would be the perfect solution for the Nav built into the DROID.

    I do use Satellite right now as a compensation - but it is still a light colored BG that is causing the issue here....even auto brightness cannot fix that.

    The Nav on the Infiniti does much the same (but it looks better haha! :p) - that would work well in dark situations....

    If they were to add the feature it could use the phone light sensor to easily achieve this effect....

    Hence the reversal of he white and black pixels. Trust me, take a test drive of the Infiniti M with NAV at night (or close to night and cover up the light sensors). It makes a *huge* difference.
  10. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    i love the map look feel of google maps. the garmin images do look like poop! i just grabbed some random screens off image search for reference.


    i star'd this ISSUE on google code a few weeks ago but it really never caught a lot of attention(maybe 5 stars in a week). Since this thread has started (just over 24 hours) it has gone from 28 to 82 stars!!! the power of Android Forums!

    Log into google and STAR up this issue: :D
    Issue 4787 - android - Navigation - night mode - Project Hosting on Google Code

    While you are there be sure to check out any other things that may need attention....
  11. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

  12. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast
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    it's said that you don't want to comment there unless you have relevant information to add to the issue... the regulars there say it dilutes the issue.

    i made the mistake when i first found the page with a bunch of "me tooo" style posts and i've deleted them since.
  13. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    Makes sense. BugZilla over at Mozilla needs cleaning up like this all the damn time too....
  14. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast
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  15. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    Thanks man - voted for them all.
  16. JRSly

    JRSly Member

    Yeah, I have a GPS unit with Night Mode. I was just explaining why it's not a simple matter of adjusting the brightness of the Droid screen.
  17. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    28 to 144 stars in 3 days!!!!! Android Forums users kick ass!

    a big THANK YOU from me and anyone else who would like to see features like this!!!!!!!!!

    edit: fat finger... 124... now 127 tho :D
  18. kmfdmk

    kmfdmk Member

    If it makes you feel better I used every GMAIL account I had access to, to *Star* it for ya :D (well for me too, I want this as well)
  19. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    sweet! i appreciate the effort, i have a couple accounts myself ;)... it is definitely for all of us!
  20. FrayAdjacent

    FrayAdjacent Android Enthusiast

  21. brettlewis

    brettlewis Android Expert

    just have your phone screen dim at night. or autoset your brightness. not to hard.
  22. JRSly

    JRSly Member

  23. kmfdmk

    kmfdmk Member

    I'm glad someone understands the issue. If dim white light was the easiest on the human eye then the military would simply use low power white illumination; instead they use red. There's a reason for that and it's backed up by extensive research.

    Simply lowering the brightness isn't a solution.
  24. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Extreme Android User

    are you serious? thaqt cannot really be your solution
  25. Gunner

    Gunner Android Enthusiast

    I submitted an idea to add 'industry standard' features to Google Maps Navigation:
    - Night Mode
    - ETA
    - Speedometer
    - Free Roam Mode.

    Please vote here!
    Google Product Ideas

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