Google shuts down the hope of a dark mode for Android
Keen users of Android who have been following a somewhat obscure Google Issue Tracker thread from November of this previous year celebrated a new development today which is quite exciting. The thread, in which a user inquired about a dark mode to improve battery life on Android devices with OLED displays, has been marked “fixed,” with a Google employing Saying that the Android engineering team had already added this feature and that the feature would be made available in a future Android release.
Unfortunately, Google has debunked this as it now says that was a mistake. “Unfortunately, this bug was closed prematurely due to a miscommunication with the team that handles AOSP issues,” said the company in a statement given to Android Police. It also added, “What we have added in a future Android release is a developer-facing setting (via Developer Options) to toggle the -night UI mode qualifier, which will make it easier for developers to create and test apps that implement night mode… if it’s any consolation, we will also not be adding Hot Dog Mode (where all UI elements are yellow and red)” and this is clearly no consolation at all.
Users have responded to the initial thread enthusiastically, with many hailing Google for finally adding a system-level night mode feature. The only option now is to use the low-key dark mode which up until October last year was exclusive to the Google Pixel 2. With the feature, users can switch from a light to dark theme based on the wallpaper on their phone, and it came to the original Pixel with Android 8.1, as mentioned by Android Police. Hopefully, Google might decide to expand that or possibly consider the number of users who are eager for a better user-interface solution for bright screens and battery life conservation.
Update at 8:03 PM ET, 2/23: Added statement from Google explaining that a dark mode for Android is not in fact on its way at all and that the company miscommunicated it on the initial Google Issue Tracker thread.