Android 9.0 P may integrate Dark Mode feature for OLED displays

Android 9.0 P may integrate Dark Mode feature for OLED displays
Android 8.0 Oreo brought along light/dark theme shift dependent on your wallpaper's hues, but only for Google's new Pixel phones, while each and every device with OLED display could benefit from a true Dark Mode in its own right. 

You see, unlike LCDs, where the backlight shines with the same intensity no mater what color is displayed, the OLED display pixels are themselves the source of light, and when displaying white, in particular, they are lit with maximum current. Thus, OLEDs surpass LCDs in battery draw when displaying darker or more colorful imagery like movies, for example, but take the back seat on predominantly white backgrounds - while browsing, for instance.

Asked to embed such a Dark Mode for all, and way back in November, Google's Android Open Source Project (AOSP) moderators are responding today that "our engineering team has added this feature. It will be available in a future Android release." Now, what's an imminent major Android update coming down the pipe? Why, 9.0 Pie, or whatever Google calls the P version. 

Long story short, we now have some tangential evidence that one of the new features in Android P will be a Dark Mode native to your phone's settings which may allow those of us with OLED displays to squeeze some extra juice out of their battery.

source: AOSP

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19 Comments

1. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Awesome, and also kind of about damn time Google! God bless the customization of Android which allowed you to do this yourself with a simple theme switch, but it's going to be nice to have a default dark mode within the OS, as it would be much easier to switch to and from such a mode.

3. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

You didn't read that bro its only for OLED displays.

8. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

Most displays are OLED...

12. nodes

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

*most flagship displays

14. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

LCD phones are much more than oled.

9. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Yeah? What's the issue? The only displays who gain any advantage from this is OLED displays, which is also what most high-end android smartphones use. LCDs gain essentially nothing from a dark mode, as they don't have the pixel by pixel management that Oleds do, and therefore can't just turn off pixels in order to preserve power. Read up on the differences and then you might understand. Du er fandme da noget af et trist lille får.

13. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Issue is that most of the Android devices do not have OLED displays . Stop getting salty and stop using Google Translate that sentence is messed up.

18. mootu

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Are you an idiot? It's not only for OLED displays. The way PA worded it might make it sound that way but what they mean is that phones with OLED panels would benefit from pixels being turned off. LCD would gain no power saving. People have been asking for this for a long time, not just for power saving but because a lot like dark themes in general. The dark themes will work on any phone running Android P.

2. umaru-chan

Posts: 349; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Wow, sounds like android P will the a great addition to android world. Better security features - finally. Visual overhaul. Better theme support. Maybe I'll buy a android one phone with android P as my second phone in the near future.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sounds nice. In time for the Note 10.

5. adecvat

Posts: 630; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Just in time, lol.

7. LiveFaith

Posts: 389; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Nice feature.

10. Fred3

Posts: 439; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

It's about time. Oxygen OS and Lineage OS been doing this for some years.

15. gamehead unregistered

I love dark mode. Glad YouTube supports it on iOS

16. cmdacos

Posts: 3973; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Make it pitch black or its worthless for me. I don't want dark gray or ii will just stick to themes and night mode in my browser.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't you love having the themes option? I know I do.

19. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So, you were reproaching all the time to iOS what Android never had by default?!

20. DaveElliott

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

OLED was on the way to becoming a dominant display tech, when Google want white with little forward thinking to have this as a basic option. Cool they're doing this, but no bragging rights.

21. SaRPeR

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Dark Mode will cause burn-in on Amoled screens.

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