A built-in dark mode may end up as another new Android 10 Q feature

A built-in dark mode may end up as another new Android 10 Q feature
2019 has barely kicked in, but rumors about Google's I/O event where Android Q is about to be announced are already starting to swirl. This time around, the changes won't be predominantly under the hood, it seems, as a Google engineer has confirmed that a systemwide dark mode may be coming our way in the next version of Android.

The feature has been "approved" for development by Google's software team and could very well be baked in when Android 10 Q lands. No surprise, as that is one of the most requested features that Android users have been clamoring for since time immemorial, to the extent that major phone makers started implementing it in their own interface overlays due to popular demand. 

Samsung's newest One UI, for instance, has a systemwide dark mode, and we have to admit it looks pretty svelte, so we hope Google will adopt something similar Android-wise. Dark mode needs no presentation, as anyone that has woken up in the middle of the night to read something on their phone would attest. Not only does it save your retinas from burning when ambient light is low but is also a godsend for OLED displays which consume less power when displaying darker colors. 

Thus, the Q&A excerpt from the Chromium bug tracker below raises our hopes high for Android Q's visual improvements, after the somewhat disappointing in that regard Android 9 Pie that was fairly modest in its interface change ambitions. Google might have little choice but to go with the flow, as OLED has become mainstream, while the potential influx of foldable phones is forcing it to rethink the Android Q interface in new and inventive ways it has never thought about before, too.

A built-in dark mode may end up as another new Android 10 Q feature

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8 Comments

1. TangoIndiaMike

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 16, 2017

Finally!!

2. Ichimoku

Posts: 82; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

From the dark of the ice-cream sandwich to the light of lollipop and now we're heading back to another dark age of the Q land of android.

3. Tech-shake

Posts: 195; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

I believe google is going to go all out with android 10. This is the 10th anniversary of google’s Software and they gotta do something big. Unlike Apple and Samsung google isn’t as known for their hardware as their software. Hence, if they are doing something big for a 10th year then it gotta be for android!

5. master-mkk

Posts: 199; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

there is one problem this is not android 10 year anniversary, 2018 was ( September 23, 2008 )

7. Tech-shake

Posts: 195; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

i know, but they go by release cycle. so this will be android 10 hence the 10th android version. IDK tho

4. Leo_MC

Posts: 5878; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I love Google’s apps that have already implemented a dark mode; I like the smart invert feature on iPhone (I would use it all the time, if it wouldn’t interfere with night shift) but I would like to have a real dark mode just like the one I have in Mac and Windows.

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1729; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

It will take Google another 5 years to figure out how to implement the dark theme across the entire system, just like the current dark theme.

8. Awalker

Posts: 1953; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

They had a dark theme before Lollipop.

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