Opera has just updated its flagship Web browser app for iOS, Opera Mini (as opposed to the gesture-based Opera Coast), with a new night mode that’s actually quite neat for browsing in dark or low-light environments.
Mind you, this is not your ordinary night mode, which merely inverts the colors on the screen mainly to turn predominantly white spaces to black.
Rather, Opera Mini's night mode maintains the original colors of webpages, but dims the screen more than iOS does by itself to significantly reduce the emission of bright light from your device's screen.
What's more, the new version of Opera Mini introduces a new “Bedtime” option that works in tandem with night mode to add a subtle orange overlay to the app. This effectively filters out the blue light emission that has been found to keep people awake even when devices with glowing screens are used in bed.
To use night mode in Opera Mini, tap the Opera logo on the bottom bar, open Settings, choose Night Mode, and turn on the Enable switch. With night mode enabled, you can toggle the switch for the Bedtime option. From there you can also manually dim or brighten the screen for Opera Mini, independent of the systemwide brightness setting in iOS.
While Opera Mini is not my Web browser of choice on iOS (Safari is), I do appreciate the addition of night mode and its supplementary Bedtime option to the app. These new features can go a long way in suppressing bright light from iOS device screens not only to reduce eye strain for bedtime browsers but also to avoid disturbing the people beside or around them. I'd very much like to take the Bedtime option in particular for a nocturnal spin, especially since I've spent many a night well into the wee hours on bedtime browsing.