Google Play Store dark theme available for select Android smartphones

Google Play Store dark theme available for select Android smartphones
It looks like Play Store is the next Google app to get the highly-anticipated dark theme. The new feature has been recently spotted on select smartphones, but we can safely assume that the Google Play Store dark theme will start showing up for everyone in the coming weeks.

Now, as some of you probably know by now, Google announced several months ago the Android 10 comes with a system-wide dark mode that makes the user interface of system apps easier on the eyes. Moreover, Android 10 will also enable the said dark theme on any third-party apps that allow it.

Since Android 10 has already been released for Pixel phones, theoretically, Google Play Store should benefit from a dark theme. According to XDA Developers, the dark theme that spotted in the Google Play Store has nothing to do with the system-wide dark mode that can be extended to other apps that opt-in.

It's a completely different dark theme that shows a very dark gray on select Pixel phones. XDA claims they received the Google Play Store dark theme on a Pixel 2 XL running Android 10, so we're guessing that Google's Pixel-branded phones will be the first to get the new feature. We'll report back once we learn Google has expanded the rollout of Play Store dark theme to more phones.

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9 Comments

2. shawman

Posts: 54; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Ewwwww. Why cant Google release it across Android versions.

6. IT-Engineer

Posts: 542; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I hate Google's server side updates with passion!!

3. m00kie

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 23, 2019

You buy a Pixel phone - you instantly become a beta-tester.

9. TBomb

Posts: 1481; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'm okay with that

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1898; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Hasn't landed on my Pixel 3a yet. I also don't have dark mode in Gmail yet. Hopefully soon.

5. peteus

Posts: 3; Member since: May 31, 2015

There's easy way to enable dark mode in Gmail. Just search

7. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You need to be rooted to do this.

8. wie155

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

it's funny that Android interface used to be black, and goes white with Lollipop and then goes dark like it's something extraordinary.

10. koioz

Posts: 141; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Yes that's funny too. It is because years ago dark mode has no significant benefit because OLED is not mainstream at that time.

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