2019 seems to be a great year in mobile OS history especially in terms if dark mode feature. If you count the fact that both Android and iOS will be getting official system-wide dark themes. And that’s not all as Google and Apple are also busy working on adding dark themes to all of their mobile apps.

The latest one to get the treatment is Gmail for Android, but don’t pop the champagne just yet. It’s still very much a work in progress, even though it is randomly showing up for people running the latest version of the app.

For now, the dark theme is only there in the Gmail app’s Settings. You don’t get it in the main window or the sidebar, unfortunately. Also, it seems to come on and off when it wants to, and you have no control over it because there’s no toggle to enable or disable dark mode.

Hopefully Google is hard at work turning this into an actual full dark theme for Gmail, and will release that soon – or, at the latest, when Android Q comes out in August. It would be sad for Pixel owners to enable the system-wide dark theme and find built-in apps such as Gmail still not supporting it.


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