Android Dark Mode

Google’s new version of operating system, Android 10 Q is expected to bring in a system-wide dark mode. But how can the dark mode work over third-party apps that don’t have a native dark theme?

Android version 10 or Q as it is being called will see a new system-wide Dark mode. Earlier XDA Developers had posted a video. Which showed the Dark mode in Android 10 or Q, and this was based on a test build of the AOSP (Android Open Source Project).

The site has now posted a in depth analysis of how Android Q’s Dark Mode will work over third-party apps. Google appears to be applying the Dark mode across third-party apps like Slack, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc, based on the screenshots shared.

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As the report points out, some of these apps like Snapchat or Slack are already using the night source qualifier, which is needed for the Dark mode, and this ensures that the app looks immense when the mode is switched on. This works even if the app doesn’t have keen night mode option.

However, not all third-party apps are implementing the dark theme using the resources, and some like Facebook and Instagram do not look enormous, notes the report. Google’s apps like YouTube, News, Play Games, Maps, Play Store, Gmail, Phone, Contacts and more have been made compatible with the Dark mode.

It is complex for the system to pick the right dark mode colors for apps that don’t have a native dark theme, says the report, and that’s also why Google wants third-party developers to include this in their apps.

Dark mode has become a popular trend on operating systems. Even Samsung has established one with its Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 series. Samsung’s Night Mode applies to the native apps on the phone, and not every third-party apps.

The reason why Dark mode or Night mode is gaining preference is that it is good for the eyes, since it filters out the harsh blue light and is also easier for battery conservation.  On Android Q, Dark mode when activated is applicable all over the user interface including volume panel, power menu, notifications, system app, etc reveal the screenshots.

The Settings app will have a new “Dark Mode” opportunity in the Display tab, where users will be shown options as always on, Always off, or enable automatically at night and hinder in the morning for this Dark Mode.

It have to be noted that the beta AOSP build of the operating system is not what the final version of what Google will showcase at its I/O conference. The final version of Android Q might look entirely different. The newest ASOP build was created in January 2019, and comes with the Android Q security patch for the month of February.

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Frequently Asked Question about Android Dark Mode

What is dark mode?

Dark mode draws 43% smaller power at full brightness compared to “normal mode” in the YouTube app, according to Business Insider.

How do you turn on dark mode?

  1. Go to Settings > Display, then tap the Advanced drop-down menu at the bottom of the page.
  2. From there, tap Device theme, then simply tap Dark from the pop-up dialog box.
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