Finally! Android M scores a new, system-wide dark UI theme

Finally! Android M scores a new, system-wide dark UI theme
Guess what, Android fans? Google has most probably kept an ear close to the ground, as the next Android rendition will bring a feature requested by many a user - a dark theme for the UI. 

Hidden deep in the Developer options menu is a feature that allows you to choose between two UI themes - light and dark. Hooray, users of phones with AMOLED displays, your wish has been granted!

Apart from the two themes, users can also opt for an automatic mode that will most likely switch between the light and the dark themes according to the time of day or another variable, probably. 

At this point, Android M doesn't come with many new visual changes, but the new UI theme is a newcomer that will certainly appeal to many, many Android fans.

What do you think about it? Drop a line below!

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27 Comments

1. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Oh look, its Ice cream Sandwich.

25. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Looks like xperia lollipop ui

26. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Oh Please... Its just dark theme of Lollipop. Quit comparing it to other UIs.. All the UIs of android devices originated from Android.

2. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Metro

3. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Stop it. Quit with the trolling. We've danced this dance before and you've already proven you have two left feet. This is in no way, shape or form that failed UI Metro from that failed OS, Windows Phone. Give it up already.

14. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

As I said Metro, that's not trolling it the truth, deal with it bruh. •USB Type C support •Simplified volume controls •Fingerprint sensor support •Improved Face unlock •Alphabetic App list with Search •Auto backup for Apps •Do not Disturb automatic rules and repeat caller prioritization (available via Cortana Quiet Hours) •Granular App Permissions •Light and Dark theme

17. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Again. This is NOT Metro. Skinned versions of Android have had these features. For a while now too. Windows Phone was not the first to have them. Get a life. Quit it with your trolling. No one here cares that you schwack off to Microsoft and WP. NO ONE. You don't have to like it. Learn to LOVE IT.

19. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Other OS's have also had these features before WP. So please stop acting like WP created every mobile feature on the market. They haven't. 3 years from now, Nadella will have that failing OS shuttered down and boarded up anyway. You do realize this right?

6. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

so metro has icons ? since when ? till it gets icons and google services , it won't be taken seriously.

10. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

WP has icons for several years!

4. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Looks eh....

5. kabiluddin

Posts: 275; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Love it.

7. nellie

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

Well, hooray for this. Hopefully they'll have a better color scheme than the childish pastels, as well. Oh, and larger fonts, fill up all that wasted space... my opinion.

8. Phoenity

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

FINALLY! As stock gets better, I have less (visual/theme) reasons to root my devices

9. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Initially, I didn't like the change from the dark KitKat theme to the light Lollipop theme but I've gotten used to it now. I actually prefer the light theme.

11. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Finally A dark theme

12. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

PERFECT! Looks cool, and this might give a tiny battey life boost for phones with OLED screens :D

16. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Highly doubt it. There's little to no proper black colour used, and OLED screens only turn off pixels when there's complete blackness

20. TyrionLannister unregistered

Yeah, but OLED will still consume way less power to display gray than white. Very dark gray (1,1,1) takes 255 times less power than white (255,255,255). OLED consumes different power for almost every color. Hence, dark theme will help even if it's not black.

23. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

black and grey are a different things.

13. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Since Lollipop was Android's Vista, it seems that M is bound to be its 7.

15. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

At least amoled screens can leverage this dark themes of good for Android

18. Univice

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

Thank you Google, 'bout time.

21. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

YEEEEES

22. Cyberchum

Posts: 1033; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

One thing that has left me aghast as how the OS widely believed to be the most flexible couldn't provide. Now I can leave CM themes alone. Good news to my eyes, it'll appreciate this.

24. singhkaran9830 unregistered

Light theme looks a lot better though its not AMOLED friendly.Would have been nice if they used complete black instead of grey.

27. tokuzumi

Posts: 1862; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Separate volume controls for ringtone and media, and a dark theme? Finally.

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