Android 15 might receive customizable color blind correction modes — how it works

The Android 15 logo from the Android developer website, displayed on a Pixel 8 Pro
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Color blindness is a fairly prevalent condition affecting many people, and now it looks like Android might get a new feature that makes life easier for those affected.

Based on a report from Android Authority, it looks like Android 15 could gain a new feature to help further assist colorblind users. The tool is an intensity slider that can be used to up or decrease how much of a certain color is corrected on the phone.

The intensity slider is not currently available, but the team at Android Authority were able to manually turn the feature on to test it out. It appears the slider comes with three values (low, medium and high) that let users tweak the intensity of the color balance changes. The tweaks increase or lower the hue of the colors, which could help users who have different levels of color blindness.

It's a pretty promising tool that adds personalization to something that could have remained as simple as an on-off button. With the different degrees of deuteranomaly or tritanomaly that exist, this feature seems like it would make Android phones more accessible to everyone.

Of course, Android has had some form of color correction control for years. Currently, color correction settings can be found under Settings - Accessibility - Color and motion. This page allows users to toggle on or off several modes that might help those with issues perceiving colors, like Protan (red-green), Tritan (blue-yellow), Deutan (green-red), grayscale or a personalized color setting.

Turning on these settings tweaks the color balance to help those who have a form of color blindness better distinguish colors through changing colors or upping contrast. If the new feature discovered by Android Authority ends up making it into the release version of Android 15, it would add the new intensity slider and make the operating system a more customizable experience for everyone.

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Scott Younker
West Coast Reporter

Scott Younker is the West Coast Reporter at Tom’s Guide. He covers all the lastest tech news. He’s been involved in tech since 2011 at various outlets and is on an ongoing hunt to build the easiest to use home media system. When not writing about the latest devices, you are more than welcome to discuss board games or disc golf with him.