[Updated] Galaxy S7 Oreo update removes AOD Edge Night Clock, confirms Samsung
Update (June 06):
Night Clock hasn’t been removed. Now it shows up in a clock style (called Edge Clock) for AOD (rather than a separate option), and can be accessed in the Settings> Lock screen and security> Clock and FaceWidgets> Clock style.
Samsung specifically promoted ‘Edge Night Clock’ during the launch of Galaxy S6. And the same feature made way to the company’s Galaxy S7 devices as well. But now what’s coming to light is that the feature has been removed in the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Oreo update. Reason being, user complaints about the brightness it created at night.
Galaxy S7 users who noted the change after installing Oreo began complaining on the company’s official European help forum (1,2), following which came a statement from one of the Samsung moderators calling it an intended removal. Here is the justification they gave:
Our R&D colleagues have got back to us. They confirmed that the feature was removed following many users feeding back their unhappiness about the brightness of the clock during the night; and that the feature will not be reinstated for now.
Was it even required?
We fail to understand Samsung’s purpose behind removing the Edge Night clock, for it was an optional feature, meaning one could easily disable it (and settle for AOD) in case they found it too bright. Why did the company take away the option from those who were fond of it?
Seemingly, even users aren’t happy with the change.
The brightness of the night clock was too bright ?? , I've never heard so much rubbish in my life , it was darker than the AOD !!! I now leave the AOD on at night which is brighter at its lowest level , for those people saying the night clock was too bright why didn't they simply not use it !!
Galaxy S7 Android Oreo update hasn’t had a smooth journey (to put it lightly). Right after releasing, Samsung pulled the update over bootloop issues (though they fixed up the glitch quickly). And now, we get to know that the update has removed a key feature as well.
As can be seen in the moderator’s statement, Samsung is working on alternative solutions for the Edge Night Clock. So it will be interesting to see what they come up with.
For those of you wondering what is Edge Night Clock, here’s the official Galaxy S6 video promoting the feature in question:
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