No longer a secret: light-colored status bars in Android M will come with dark-colored icons

No longer a secret: light-colored status bars in Android M will come with dark-colored icons
The probable features that the final release of Android M will likely sport are gradually coming to surface. You probably recall the lusted-after multi-window feature that got quickly discovered a while ago, right? 

As you probably know, Lollipop came with dynamic status bar background colors, which can be changed by the app you're currently running; still, the color of the status bar icons (clock, battery, and other default ones) is fixed and they only appear in white. Yet, this might make them a bit unreadable provided that the background is lighter.

Today, we have a new small feature that will likely arrive with Android M later this year. Revealed by Roman Nurik, a design advocate over at Google, the M release will come with status bar icons that will dynamically change their color theme depending on the brightness of the status bar background.

A new flag ("windowLightStatusBar") discovered in the M Developer Preview will enable developers to instruct the Android system to switch the default white status bar theme to a darker one.

Hopefully, developers will embrace this newly-found feature and update their apps with this neat functionality once Android M becomes official later this year.

source: Roman Nurik via Reddit



1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

With such killer features Android is undisputed king among mobile OS.

2. AlikMalix unregistered

I rely on those status bars to know what's happening in background on my iPhone since iOS7 - wonder if they match colors on android: blue for navigation, green for calls, red for recording, etc. in surprised it didn't Chang automatically with light/white backgrounds as it does on iOS.

3. peace247 unregistered

Don't be jealous..

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Jealous of what? I dont understand your reply.

6. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

You call this a killer feature ? iOS has this since iOS7.. Even the lockscreen and homescreen texts change colors to white or black depending on the wallpaper you set.

8. foscrew

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 24, 2015

I've always had the feature on Android because Apex allows it to be transparent.

4. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Haa, finally. The Google Photos app is very annoying at the mo with the light icons on the super light grey

7. NateAdam8

Posts: 436; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

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