Android 6.0 Marshmallow will ship without the dark UI theme included in the early preview

Android 6.0 Marshmallow will ship without the dark UI theme included in the early preview
When Google launched the first build of the Android M developer preview this past May, the operating system showcased a new dark theme that could be enabled from the developer options menu. When the feature was originally discovered, many Android enthusiasts hailed the introduction of a dark theme option, but it looks like the theme will not make it to the commercial release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The original Android M developer preview gave us the option to swap the very bright colors of the UI to darker ones that were kinder to the eye at night. In fact, users could also set up the OS to transition between the bright theme at day and the dark theme at night. Sounds like a nice thing to have, right?

Unfortunately, after removing the dark theme in the second and third developer preview builds, Google has apparently decided to ship Android 6.0 Marshmallow without a dark theme option. Although the company has yet to address the issue in a formal statement, a recent discovery on the Google Issue Tracker shows that the feature will not be included in the M release.

Asked to bring back the Dark Theme in Android M, Google staff responded with a very straightforward comment:


Have any of you been hoping to see the dark UI mode get included in Android 6.0 Marshmallow? 

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25 Comments

1. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Q. Have any of you been hoping to see the dark UI mode get included in Android 6.0 Marshmallow? A. 25.09.2015

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5592; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It was actually one of my fav features in Preview 1 So much potential once third party devs support it But the RRO theme engine (aka Layers) is still in AOSP So you can still download a black theme if you want But there would be no automatic day/night switch

17. tedkord

Posts: 17052; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Dark or light, still the best there is.

25. plck74

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

i don't care THEME. I care battery and RAM issue!!!

2. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Android is too bright, it could use some darkness...

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1425; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I prefer the light. Looks more professional and less Android 2.0ish.

6. gaming64 unregistered

I prefer dark as a light background is battery-consuming especially on AMOLED displays.

9. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I like dark theme because it eases my eyes

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I like the concept of an OS theme that changes based on the time of day or ambient lighting. I do get the interest for the sake of saving battery life but the phone I plan to buy will have an LCD display and I don't think it'll be relevant.

23. pifon

Posts: 75; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

"battery-consuming"? Are you the whole time browsing settings or what?

18. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I agree with light themes, I liked them.

4. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I have samsung themes, so I am good. Using material dark.

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Any news on Xposed for Marshmallow? I'm patient, btw.....before anyone bashes me.

7. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Rovo or any of the others won't start (or finish?) Xposed for Marshmallow until the official release. No one supports Previews with anything, except a few who like to have a tinker (there's two ROM's which support RRO Layers & rooted if you wanna pass over the last few weeks!), because the final product always has a drastic change which breaks the code

12. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Shouldn't be that much of a conversion of Xposed for M since the biggest hurdle going from KitKat to Lollipop was the Dalvik to ART switch. But ART will remain in M

11. niteiknight

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

Why? Why did they pull support for the dark theme? Do they even have a good explanation for it? Did they forget how many Android devices have AMOLED screens or something? This is so frustrating.

13. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i'll most likely root and flash to cm13 anyway... not because i like cyanogenmod more than stock android at this point.. but i require dark theme... i'm a huge fan of monochromatic themes.. blacks or dark grays with white or silver accents... i love the flat minimal feel of material design .. just with a darker feel.

15. Elfmonster unregistered

Android and Google, stumbling a lot in 2015. I hope they get their $ΒΆ/% together in 2016. This is just the latest little dumb thing. The crap nexus specs. The lollipop fiasco. Not to mention the Google Play Store is just one dirty company after another with no real oversight of bandits.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17052; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Cue Mxy making a dopey trolling comment about hoping Marshmallow isn't the mess that Lollipop was.

19. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 449; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Fail...

20. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Boo, I like dark better

21. technos

Posts: 3; Member since: May 20, 2015

It really should be an option so it could come up at certain times e.g. night so if you answer your phone your face doesn't get slammed with excessive photons.

22. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

In spite of being built on Linux, with its variety of highly customizable window and display managers, Android is going the way of Windows, with its limited and cumbersome choices.

24. Zylam

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Doesn't really matter too much as the only people who get stock Android are: Nexus, Moto and One plus, all those phone are pretty heavily supported by custom rom and usually get an official cyanogenmod rom which has theme support. The rest of the oems skin Android to hell that it doesn't even matter what colour it ships with or without.

26. tokuzumi

Posts: 1765; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

This frustrates me a little. That feature will have virtually 0 cost, both in functionality and storage. It's like the lack of separation of ringtone and notification volumes. It's the first thing put into custom roms, so the feature has to be just a hidden check box somewhere. If people love the feature, then it should be a no-brainer to just leave it in.

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