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Britain’s Best Bus App goes Dark!

4 months ago Wed 23rd Oct 2019

Dark mode on the NCTX Buses app

Nottingham City Transport has released a new version of its popular NCTX Buses app, that brings accessibility improvements, can help users feel safer in the dark and reduce battery consumption.

Recently ranked as Britain’s best bus app, with a store review ratings of 4.8 (out of 5), the latest app release called Francis, is available to download from the App Store and Google Play and introduces Dark Mode to users’ devices.

The new Dark Mode can help reduce the feeling of vulnerability that some users can feel when using their phones in the dark at the bus stop. By significantly reducing the brightness of the screen through switching to the Dark Mode, it will be less obvious to others that travellers are using a mobile phone.

Screen shot of the explore view

Dark Mode can also make it easier to use the app at the start and end of the day, by reducing screen glare in low light conditions, helping users who suffer from eye fatigue. The additional contrast also makes the app easier to use for customers with longer-term sight issues.

Using the new Dark Mode functionality can help customers save some of their battery too. With the brightness of the screen lower, it uses less power and research by Google shows Dark Mode can save about 15% screen energy compared to a flat white background.

Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT Marketing Manager said, “Hot off the news that the NCTX Buses app has ranked highest of all bus apps in the country, we’re excited to release the first of several enhancements over the next year. With the clocks going back this weekend bringing darker nights, the reduction in screen brightness not only helps with eye fatigue, but also helps customers feel safer using their smartphones in the dark”.

Dark Mode is now supported by the Android 10 and iOS 13 operating systems and the System default will be the preselected option with this app update, meaning if customers have Dark Mode enabled on iOS 13 or Android 10, the app will automatically adopt Dark Mode too.

Customers can also turn on Dark Mode by going to the Settings menu in the NCTX Buses app and choosing On, Off or System default.

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