A personal opinion on 6.6510 update.
First of all, although only a handful of you wrote a review, i find it really interesting that many of you think that the "dimmed android overlay" is a nice touch.
So in 6510 Sony reduced the Android overlay brightness. Hardware image processing stayed the same (video playback is just as bright as before), but everything that is software rendered like the UI, is significantly
darker now. To the point, that IMO you barely can see the android UI in a bright room. Personally i use the Android UI heavily, i don't have cable, i don't watch moves all the time.
So, i already posted this on reddit and on the sony community forum, but i would like to share my tests:
Just like everyone else on reddit, i imminently noticed the menu dimness, to prove my point i put together a test app, which looks like this:
On the left you see the android overlay, which is showing a red color. On the Right (and under the android overlay) is a video player, playing a 10sec video which is also red. If everything works well, both side should look the same, because they showing the same color.
Like on my Oneplus 6T:
The same app running on my X900F:
My camera can't pick up how bright is the right side (the video playback) is, it's actually bright red, instead of this orange color. So in person the difference is even bigger.
This change made me really upset, to the point that i'm consider to buy an Nvidia Shield. Right now i can't decide that is this an intentional move by Sony or not. It's not mentioned in the changelog, also
meanwhile the Brightness slide affects the Android UI, the Contract slider does nothing
. So maybe this is just a bug? But at the mean time some people actually like this. Maybe some people actually requested it? But then again, why can't i op-out from this? It's not Sony's job to tell me how bright my android UI can be. Or is this some cheap move to combat the "blooming whiners" so subtitles and other android UI elements doesn't cause too much blooming? I don't know.
I contacted my regional Sony Support. First they told me to do not worry, an update is on the way. But as you can guess, i specified what version i'm on. So they didn't even understood that i'm already on that version that is coming. The next reply was to factory reset, which doesn't helps (someone else did that with zero success), and then take it to a nearest repair shop.
So what is your take on this?