Saturday, 2 August 2014

Quick App Review: Lux Auto Brightness

Most smartphones these days come with some form of Auto-Brightness, allowing the display to get brighter or dimmer depending on the ambient light. In practical terms, it gets brighter outside and dimmer inside.

However, the problem is, the automatic brightness on most phones, particularly those running stock or close to stock Android, isn't all that smart, and can take a while to adapt, and in some cases doesn't adapt enough.

The solution, therefore, is to use a smarter form of Auto-Brightness. Some OEMs such as Samsung and HTC use Adaptive Brightness on their phones, which allows the user to set a brightness, but the screen can still adjust the brightness somewhat. And what about the rest of us, who don't have this Adaptive Brightness? Luckily, there are apps that can be used for just this purpose. One such app is Lux Auto Brightness.

Although it is a little complex to set up, it is well worth the work. You can set what brightness you want the screen to be at for any ambient light level, and you can even set the screen to a lower brightness than the phone can set it to itself. There also tends to be far fewer sudden jumps in brightness.

The app is paid, although there is a free version with a few restrictions. The app is well worth the purchase, if only to support the developer.

Do any of you guys use other brightness managers on your smartphones? Feel free to leave a comment!

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Lux Auto Brightness

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