YouTube for iOS updated with dark mode, Android version to get it "soon"

YouTube for iOS updated with dark mode, Android version to get it
It looks like Google is in the process of rolling out a new update for the YouTube app, which will add a new dark mode, similar to the one that's been released on desktop last year.

Nothing else seems to have been implemented except for this new dark theme, but one thing that's worth mentioning is the update will only be available to iOS users initially.

The folks over at The Verge report Google plans to introduce the dark mode to the Android version of YouTube “soon.” In case you're wondering why a Google service is getting a new feature on iOS before Android, we can't really tell why is that happening in this case, but it's probably related to the fact that YouTube has two different teams handling development for the two platforms.

It remains to be seen when exactly YouTube for Android will get the new feature, though we kind of expect it “to go dark” in the next couple of weeks.

source: The Verge



1. Jrod99

Posts: 760; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Why after iOS ?

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

If you read carefully which you probably didn't, you'd understand why.

3. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

That still doesnt explain what he is asking though. Just because its two different teams...

25. Xtraflossy

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 13, 2018

One team obviously finished first

4. Stappy3

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Even though PhoneArena's source (The Verge) is only guessing as to why iOS is getting it before Android.. albeit being an educated guess, Jrod99 can still ask why since we didn't get any confirmation.

10. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I agree to disagree, if I read an article yet it doesn't have a clear answer for something am looking for, I wouldn't bother asking why and would skip to the next topic. But anyways, we're all equally confused regardless. Cheers

15. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016

Developing on iOS is easier than developing on Android, so probably the iOS team were faster at doing it

22. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

This. It's easier to develop on iOS which is why they have it first the same reason why it takes time on Android as you have to support different versions of Android (android 8.0 is still in a very small percentage). But I'm also having an idea that Google is trying their best to make their Google apps on Apple work well on iOS (Google now works natively on ipad now then this news) so it would sway some iOS users to Android plus one of the main Goals of Android P is to cater to iOS users and make the switch to them (Android P inspired by iOS).

17. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

The superior, more sophisticated OS always gets the updates first. Its ok though. You'll get your android update soon.

19. ShadowUnleashed

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 08, 2018

Good. So we can continue to not need iOS :D

18. nikhil23

Posts: 469; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Probably because ios is more like a beta os. It makes perfect sense to use ios as a beta testing platform

23. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

Keep dreaming. Smh.

5. gamehead unregistered

I had dark mode for months

24. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016


7. Note8IsBoss

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Typical Google catering to the Apple girls which is exactly who they wish they were. Google will never be Samsung or Apple no matter how much time they spend on their knees at Cupertino.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4265; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's in Google's best interest to do this since their portrait mode looks horrendous with the unibrow cutout. Dark mode will hide it effectively without violating apples requirements to show the unsightly design.

14. ChicagoBorn

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Yeah because they only released darkmode on iPhone X lol

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4265; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

That has nothing to do with my comment but thanks for your input!

12. Rager722 unregistered

Wow, I cannot believe Google would put out an update on iOS first.. ridiculous

13. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Dark theme looks like dirt. It's either pure black or simple white.

16. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I have been developing my own apps with Android studio for a year now, and find it easier than swift.... maybe it's just me.

26. tokuzumi

Posts: 1929; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Talk about dangling the carrot. We've been talking about the dark mode in YouTube for at least a year.

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