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08 March 2018
How to Enable Grayscale Mode on Android Smartphones
I don’t think this actually helps with smartphone addiction, but here’s a quick rundown on how to enable grayscale mode on your Android smartphone. There are actually two ways to go about it.
The Easy Way
Depending on your phone model and Android version, you might be able to enable grayscale mode through your device’s Accessibility settings. Look for a “monochromacy” or “grayscale” option under “Color Correction”. If it’s there, you’re all set.
The Hard Way
Here’s how to enable grayscale mode on Android if the option isn’t available under Accessibility Settings.
Go to Settings.
Go to About Phone.
Find the Build Number.
Keep tapping Build Number until the phone acknowledges you as a developer.
Back out to main Settings screen.
Go to Developer Options.
Find and tap Simulate Color Space.
Select “monochromacy” from list.
That’s all it takes to set your android ssmartphone to grayscale mode. It’s not really that hard, but there are more steps involved. Ideally, Android settings should come with a grayscale switch under Display Settings.
13 September 2017
Smartphones vs Personal Computers
I think that expanding the capabilities of mobile phones until they
became handheld computers was a mistake. Instead, I think we should
have worked on miniaturizing general purpose PCs until we had handheld
computers with touch screens that ran VOIP apps on our choice of
operating system (Windows, Linux, BSD, or OSX) and could be plugged
into a docking station via USB for desktop work.
You’re stuck using Android or iOS, both of which are locked down.
Unless you can root/jailbreak your device, you’re limited to software available from your device’s app store.
There isn’t a unified standard for connectivity to external devices such as monitors, keyboards, mice/trackballs, and external storage.
You cannot access external storage.
The Raspberry Pi solves the problems
I listed above, but has its own drawbacks. While touchscreens for the
Pi are available, they come in sizes that make the Pi unsuitable for
use as a smartphone. Nor does the Pi connect to mobile phone networks
by default; its wireless connectivity is based on the 802.11 wifi standards.