Google has gradually been updating some of its core apps with a dark theme. It’s present in apps like YouTube, Messages, Google News, and even some parts of the Maps app. To some, it felt like Google was setting the stage for a system-wide dark mode in Android and it appears that the company might deliver it with Android Q, the next major version of its mobile platform.
A post by one Googler by the name of Lukasz Zbylut on the Chromium bug tracker raises the possibility that Android Q might finally bring a system-wide dark mode for the platform. The dark, more battery-friendly theme is widely appreciated so many users will be pleased if Google goes ahead with this.
“Dark mode is an approved Q feature […] The Q team wants to ensure that all preloaded apps support dark mode natively. In order to ship dark mode successfully, we need all UI elements to be ideally themed dark by May 2019,” the post mentioned.
Google doesn’t offer a system-wide dark mode natively on Android but many of its OEM partners do on their custom skins. Samsung has started offering it as well, the system-wide dark mode is one of the major features of One UI, the new software experience that it’s rolling out with the Android 9 Pie update.
The company hasn’t confirmed or denied the system-wide dark mode for Android Q as yet but it has changed the permissions for this thread on the Chromium Bug Tracker which makes it impossible for non-Googlers to access this particular thread. As they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.