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Indie app of the day - Lux Auto Brightness
What is Lux?
Lux Auto Brightness is an indie app that helps control your brightness. A lot of people really don’t think too much about their screen brightness. It’s not necessarily because people don’t care but because stock Android and OEM skins offer only a modicum of control over screen brightness and thus people don’t think about it that often. Lux changes that entirely.
With this app you have as much control over your brightness as the operating system will allow you to have and that’s way more than the stock auto brightness controls allow. With this app you can set custom brightness profiles depending on the time of day or you can select from a number of pre-installed profiles if need be. The app can use the light sensor and cameras on your device to determine the ambient light brightness and then adjust accordingly. So what you end up with is a phone that’s the perfect brightness all the time.
It also includes things like filters to help give your screen a custom look. For instance, Lux has what it calls Astronomer Mode. In this mode, there is a red hue that gets laid over the screen so people can look at their phones at night without losing their night vision. For anyone who has tried looking at their phone in a dark bedroom in the middle of night, you know just how bright and annoying a phone screen can be. That’s just one example as there are many filters and settings to tweak your phone screen.
For those who are purveyors of the rooting arts will find that there are a few additional features that require root access. They allow for even more control and customization of your screen’s brightness beyond what the operating system will allow. Of course at that point your mileage may vary because you’re dealing with the limits of your device’s screen.
During our testing we were able to find no outstanding problems with Lux. There were a few instances where the brightness settings took a moment to set themselves but otherwise it actually worked really well. There are some people in the user reviews who had the occasional problem here and there but there was nothing bad enough to single out.
Lux Auto Brightness proved itself to be useful pretty much as soon as we downloaded it and turned it on the first time. What we didn’t see coming were the myriad of fringe cases where this app could be useful. There was a testimonial from a person who gets migraines who stated that the extra brightness control helped them use their phone even with a splitting headache. People rave over its usefulness at night because without it they’re blinded by the light. In other words, it’s difficult to find a reason immediately but once you start looking, you’ll find a bunch of instances where this app can be useful.
Even the price is reasonable at $3.80 and the developer offers a 1-week, no-questions-asked return policy so you don’t have to worry about finding out what you like about the app in 15 minutes or less. Lux won’t be loved by everyone but we think most people in our audience would enjoy this indie app. You