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Dark mode scheduling may finally come with Android 11 | Report

16 December 2019 0

With Android 10, Google introduced one of the most-requested features of all time, called system-wide dark mode. The feature relaxes the eyes and is also painful to the battery as it doesn’t deplete the battery life easily. This was the most wanted feature and it could only make its way via the Android 10, which is the current version running on several smartphones.

The system-wide change also compelled the developers to make compatible changes to their apps, so that the change goes in sync. The feature arrived late but it is much appreciated. However, it would have gained much more admiration, had Google activated one capability of it. We are talking about the dark mode Scheduling that allows the users to schedule the dark mode based on the time of the day. Note that Google did bring this capability but only to the early beta releases of the software. The same was pulled back with the stable release of Android 10.

Google also revealed the reason behind this deprecation, stating it might negatively affect the user experience by suddenly restarting applications while they’re in use. Google revealed the reason in an AMA happened back in August.

Nevertheless, the capability now appears to be making a comeback. According to a recent comment on the Google issue Tracker, found by XDA Developers, the feature might finally make a comeback for ease.

According to the comment, the dark mode scheduling is making its way with the Android 11, which will, of course, come sometime next year. The comment has reportedly been made following a number of complaints from users.

During AMA in August, Chris Banes from the Android Developer Relations team at Google revealed that the feature was deprecated in AppCompat v1.1.0 because it “requires apps to request location permissions to be accurate, and even with a valid location the sunrise/sunset time calculations can be buggy.” He further added that “calculating sunrise/sunsets are notoriously difficult, especially for locations close to north/south poles.”

When asked about similar functionality is available for Night Light since Android 7.1 Nougat, Banes pointed out that Night Light uses CalendarAstronomer from ICU4J, it uses a “big chunk of code which we wouldn’t want AppCompat to depend on.”


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