Android Q dark mode hinted at by Google employee

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Now that Android Pie is official and rolling out to devices, many folks have shifted their focus to Android Q and what features it might bring. A system-wide dark mode may be one of them.

A Google employee may have confirmed that a system-wide dark mode will be included with Android Q. In a post on the Chromium bug tracker that was spotted by Android Police, the Google employee said, „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.“

The employee went on to say that the team working on Chrome should ensure the browser has a setting to enable Dark Mode and to modify the core UI elements to fit the theme. He also said there will be a master setting for Dark Mode.

Shortly after the thread was discovered, its permissions were changed so that only Google employees could view it, which could suggest that system-wide dark mode is indeed coming. Because this is the internet, though, screenshots of the thread were taken before it was hidden from the public’s view.

Android Q dark mode Google employee

There are some caveats to keep in mind here, like the fact that this thread was posted on October 31 and doesn’t appear to have been super active since. Also, Android Q is still months away from being announced, so Google’s plans may change. A system-wide dark mode would certainly be a major addition to Android Q, especially as we see more and more devices come to market with OLED displays in tow.

Would you use a system-wide dark mode if your phone had it?

This article was originally posted on PhoneDog

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