Dark Mode in Android? Not so Fast!

An earlier confirmation of dark mode has been taken back.

What was the big news heading in to this weekend? No. It wasn’t MWC. It was that dark mode was coming to android. A much requested feature over the last year has been the inclusion of dark mode in Android. BB10 users are well aware of how nice dark mode is. It’s so nice, that BlackBerry brought it with their own launcher and Hub apps. But built into Android? Nope. It’s never been there. But on Friday, it seemed that it was coming.

Within a Google Issue Tracker thread, a Google employee closed the thread stating that the feature would be coming in an upcoming version of Android. And users were happy. It gave us something to look forward to in Android P. Well, it turns out that employee made an incorrect statement. Today, it was confirmed that there is no current plans for this.

In an update to the thread, another employee stated,

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.

As if that wasn’t enough of a confirmation, the employee went on to poke at users with a funny if not unneeded addition,

If it’s any consolation, we will also not be adding Hot Dog Mode (where all UI elements are yellow and red).

Personally, I love dark mode, and am very glad BlackBerry has included it with their apps. Hopefully, after seeing the amount of press this mistake got, Google will wise up to what users want.

Source: Engadget


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