Do you love the Night Mode in your Twitter or YouTube app? IF yes, you should be expecting this for the whole system. Recently, some Android Q features were leaked and among them is a system-wide Dark Theme. This means a dark theme will be implemented in every menu of your Android phone. This alone excites me personally and can’t imagine how it does to some other people too.
An early build of Android Q says that “dark mode is an approved [Android] Q feature.” This is good news to many Android enthusiasts who have been clamouring for the feature for a while.
However, an in interesting about this dark mode is that Samsung already has what looks like a system-wide Dark Theme baked into their new One UI custom skin. Seeing that One UI is already rolling out along with Android Pie to a select number of Samsung phones, the Korean manufacturer seems have beaten Google to it.
But then again, Samsung has consistently beat Google to a number of cool features on Android. For example, let us remember that Samsung phones were already boasting of Split Screen before Google added it to Android OS.
Note: I said, “seems”. This will be confirmed as soon as users reports their One UI experience. In the meantime, the option to ‘Set dark mode’ is found under Display settings in the current Android Q beta build.
Benefits Attached To System-wide Dark Theme
Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the benefits of having a Dark Theme on a mobile phone.
1. Good For The Eyes
A dark theme is easier on the eyes, as it dumbs down the glare of white light. The results include you being able to read longer and more comfortably, as eye strain is reduced. It is also great for reading in the dark when the glare of the phone screen is more pronounced.
2. Good For Your Phone Battery (Though with a clause)
This actually depends on the type of display technology used, a dark theme can help reduce power consumption. AMOLED screens, in particular, conserve power better with a dark theme. Smartphone displays are the biggest guzzlers of battery power. Combine a dark theme with an AMOLED display and the result should be lower battery drain. If your mobile device uses an LCD or IPS display though, having night mode or dark theme on will not make a difference.
Well, at times, features seen in early software builds do not make it to the final release,. So, we hope this exciting feature – the system-wide dark theme – makes it to the final release of Android Q.
But, should it failed to make it through, I have wondered why smartphone manufacturers have not taken it upon themselves to implement night mode or dark theme in their custom skins. It is great to see Samsung make an effort. The others need to give it a shot too.
It is clear why Samsung would be interested in this – their high-end smartphones use AMOLED displays. Other manufacturers that use LCD/IPS screens may not be as motivated to embark on such a Herculean project. But even without the battery saving benefits that AMOLED display enjoy, users of those other types of screens will enjoy the benefit of less eye strain. So, bring it on, people!
There are other new features being expected to arrive with Android Q, but this system-wide Dark Theme is easily one of the most exciting. It might sound like such a simple thing, but if you followed how Twitter users campaigned for Night Mode to be implemented in the app, you would have an idea of how important this is to Android enthusiasts around the world.
In my opinion, the default mode in Android should be a dark theme everywhere. The feature should never have been left out for this long, so this is long overdue.