13 May 2019
Google’s Android Q is bringing system-wide dark theme that will turn everything dark on your phone. And, this is obvious that Google doesn’t just want system elements to be dark themed. Hence, it’s working to make sure this big change comes to its apps as well. Google apps like Phone, Contacts, Messages, YouTube, Maps, and more have been updated with user-facing dark mode toggles. And, now Google is making sure that its all apps get this dark theme as well. And, in its quest to dark mode all things, Google Photos is the latest Android app to get the dark mode as well.
XDA Developers has posted a few screenshots of this new Dark theme in the Google Photos. According to their observation, the theme is activated in the version 22.214.171.124919200. However, it’s unclear whether or not this is a server-side switch. But one can see its existence and it’s fair to say that this will roll out to more and more users soon.
Google seems to be trying to bring the dark theme to all of its first-party applications before the launch of Android Q.
Dark mode has been introduced to save battery and eyes of the users. While talking about Dark theme at the 2018 Android Dev Summit, Google shared some of its findings that “a dark theme can reduce the battery usage, even with the max brightness, by up to 63% on AMOLED displays.” Google used all-white interfaces for several years and it admitted this mistake of not advocating the effects of using them.
Google also started encouraging developers to make use of dark themes in their apps as well.
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