Dark Mode returning to the Android Messages app with next update
by Alan Friedman / Aug 26, 2018, 7:14 PM
Earlier this month, Google added a long awaited Dark Mode option to version 3.5 of the Android Messages app. The feature allows users to switch the app's UI from black text on a white background to white text on a black background. At night, using Dark Mode prevents users from getting blinded by the bright white background of an app; some just like the look of Dark Mode and even employ it during the day on apps with the feature. The new UI for Android Messages also included Google's Material Theme, which meant plenty of white space (when Dark Mode is disabled) and the use of Google Sans font.
Google surprisingly pulled it from the app with a server-side update. This upset several Android users who were looking forward to using the setting on the Messages app. But all's well that ends well. The next version of Android Messages, v. 3.5.052, will include both the Material Design UI and Dark Mode feature.But before anyone could use Dark Mode on Android Messages,
If you just cannot wait for the next Android Messages update, you can use APK Mirror to sideload the APK. The latter is signed by Google, and you can install it now by clicking on the sourcelink. Or, you can wait for the update to arrive OTA on the Google Play Store.
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I think Google is really afraid of the dark tho, they really tried to avoid anything associate with "dark". Alright joke aside, I guess Google really worry that the dark mode will cause a screen burn, hopefully that they could provide a actual dark mode UI to Pixel and Android One devices soon.
posted on Aug 26, 2018, 10:13 PM 1
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Screen burn in is mostly caused by white and grey pixels. Black pixels on OLED screens physically turn off saving battery and rarely any screen burn.
posted on Aug 26, 2018, 10:46 PM 7
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Google is afraid of Dark Mode because it destroys Material Design.
posted on Aug 26, 2018, 11:16 PM 0
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Dark themes just look amateurish. I do like the light theme. Matches the light theme on my OnePlus 6 very nicely.
posted on Aug 26, 2018, 11:18 PM 0
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I installed version v. 3.5.052 but cannot see the dark mode option.
posted on Aug 27, 2018, 5:29 AM 0
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