Saturday, February 24, 2018

[Update: No, It Won't] Android P Will Bring Dark Mode


When it comes to what people wants in the future Android OS release, one of the highly-requested feature can be Dark Mode. Back in November 2017, someone created an issue through Google’s Issue Tracker that was mostly just a request for Google to add a dark mode or night theme into Android. 

They argued that OLED displays see serious benefits from a dark mode in terms of battery life, so Google should toss one into a future version of Android, like Android 9.0.

Almost immediately, a Googler responded that they would share with the Android engineering team and provide any updates as they became available. Then no updates were provided for months, that is until yesterday, when the issue was marked as “fixed.” The Googler also noted that the “engineering team has added this feature,” and that “it will be available in a future Android release.” Now that's amazing!

Now, there can be some kind of toggle mechanism for a theme change from something like light to dark, where everything from the notification shade to your settings would be darkened. OnePlus has had this on their phones for some time. Android Oreo has it which depends on the lightness and darkness of your wallpaper. 

However, this is different, by this you would be able to go into settings and turn on a true dark or night mode. Jump in the hype train.

Update : Again, Google did it again. They are not going to add any Dark Mode in the future releases and blames the AOSP team which handles AOSP issuses for having this miscommunications. The dark mode isn't coming just yet, but rather a toggle will be added to Developer Options that will make it easier for developers to test night mode within their own apps. Here's the full statement:
Hi folks, you may remember me from the last three releases where it looked like Dark Mode was being added. Unfortunately, this bug was closed prematurely due to a miscommunication with the team that handles AOSP issues.
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. This qualifier has been in the platform since Froyo (SDK 8) and globally modifiable via UiModeManager since Marshmallow (SDK 23); however, there was never an explicit toggle made available anywhere in Settings.
If it's any consolation, we will also not be adding Hot Dog Mode (where all UI elements are yellow and red).
I think we will get the real dark mode by 2030, right?

Source : Google Issue Tracker