Dark mode is 'not' coming to Android: Google

Google said the issue where users demanded a dark theme was mistakenly marked as 'fixed' in the Issue Tracker.

  • Published: February 24, 2018 12:42 PM IST

Android users who got elated with reports about a possible ‘Night Mode’, Google is here to crush your dreams. Last year, a Google Issue Tracker thread hinted at the company working on a dark mode which is known to enhance battery life on Android phones with OLED screens. Recently, the thread was re-opened with Google marking the issue as ‘fixed’. However, by ‘fixed’ the company is not exactly referring to the feature being finally developed for the masses.

According to The Verge, Google said that an employee mistakenly marked it the issue as fixed. The employee had erroneously noted that the “engineering team has added this feature,” and that “it will be available in a future Android release.”

However, Google clarified by saying, “Unfortunately, this bug was closed prematurely due to a miscommunication with the team that handles AOSP issues,” further adding, “What we have added in a future Android release is a developer-facing setting (via Developer Options) to toggle the -night UI mode qualifier, which will make it easier for developers to create and test apps that implement night mode.”

Google further added that “if it’s any consolation, we will also not be adding Hot Dog Mode (where all UI elements are yellow and red).” So essentially, there will not be any Night Mode or Dark Mode for Android phones, but for developers who can build apps which use the theme.

Now, whether you are a Night Mode fan or Hot Dog Mode fan, Google is not offering you any of the two features at least for now. For those who really want to experience the easy on the eyes mode, the low-key dark mode is the option which was exclusive to Pixel 2. It allows you to change the theme from light to dark based on the wallpaper.

Apple iOS, on the other hand, now comes with a smart invert color option which turns the UI into the dark mode by keeping icon colors intact and other elements such as in-app menu, settings, and more in a dark theme.

  • Published Date: February 24, 2018 12:42 PM IST