The Dark Mode is easily one of the most anticipated features amongst the geeks and nerds. Not only does rendering the entire user interface of an operating system makes it look cool, but it also makes for lesser stress on the eyes and, in some cases, reduce power consumption as well. Microsoft recently adopted a system-wide dark mode for Windows 10 with its latest update. In the Android side of things, Google implemented a dark theme for Android 9 Pie, which changed the background from white to grey. With more and more people demanding the theme to be spread throughout an operating system, Google could be implementing a system-wide dark mode for the next version of Android.
If the reports are to be believed, then Android Q, which is expected to be launched later this year, will come out with a dark theme. As Android Police reports, a Google developer recently answered a query on the Chrome bug tracker thread, spilling some information about the next Android version. He confirmed that Dark Mode is a feature that will be a part of Android Q and developers will need to adopt a dark theme for their apps by May 2019.
“Dark mode is an approved Q feature […] The Q team wants to ensure that all preloaded apps support dark mode natively. In order to ship dark mode successfully, we need all UI elements to be ideally themed dark by May 2019,” wrote the Google developer. He even goes on to confirm that there will be a toggle for implementing a system-wide dark mode under Settings> Display. He also advises the Chrome team to make sure that all UI elements should be able to adapt the system-wide dark theme. There’s also a mention of modification of the loaded elements in the Chrome browser, which could point to web pages rendered with a dark background (yay).
While it’s too early to buy into this rumour, we look at a high chance of this feature making to the final release of Android Q. There are several reasons to believe in Android Q’s dark mode – the primary one is Google’s adoption of dark theme for most of its Google apps.
Additionally, various Android partners have moved on to the dark theme for their custom UI. OnePlus has been using the dark mode in its Oxygen OS for a few years now. Samsung also made the move to a dark system theme with the announcement of the OneUI interface based on Android 9 Pie.