An Android Dark Mode Might Be Available Soon For The Entire OS

Dark mode is increasingly popular, and it has been added by multiple apps, browsers and devices. This time it appears that Google is planning to release a night mode that will across the operating system. More than that, it appears that we won’t have to wait long until it will be released.

Android Police found an interesting comment in the Chromium bug tracker. The comment was written by a Google engineer and it lets us know that the dark mode has already been approved for Android Q:

“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.”

How will the mode work and when is it coming?

It should be fairly simple to activate the dark mode. You will have to go to Settings > Display > Dark Mode. There was also a commit in AOSP that seemed to indicate that the upcoming dark mode will need a wallpaper files. Here is what the commit says:

“Dark Mode expects a specific wallpaper file to be present in the filesystem. This file is generated for most ways that the wallpaper can be set except for when the default_wallpaper resource is used.”

While we might not have the specific details, one thing is for sure: dark mode is coming to Android Q. This isn’t a surprise, as numerous Google apps already have this feature. The list includes Google News, Messages, the Google Phone app, Contacts and YouTube. Android Q isn’t that far away, which means that the Android dark mode should become a reality really soon as well.

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