Android Q might add system-wide dark theme

Android Q might bring System-Wide Dark Mode

We saw that the latest version of Android was released in the second half of 2018. The latest version of Android, initially named as Android P, was officially unveiled as Android 9.0 Pie. Talking about the next version of Android, it should be codenamed as Android Q according to Google’s conventional naming system for Android. This version of Android should also be numbered as Android v10.0. More of the details regarding the latest version of Android will be announced at the Google I/O 2019.

But we now have an important detail which reveals a very specific and much-anticipated feature which might be coming to Android Q. And it is fair to say that everyone has been waiting for this feature from the past few years. The feature that we are referring to is the system-wide dark mode or dark theme coming to Stock Android.

We know that custom skins of Android from OEMs such as OnePlus, Huawei and Samsung already have a native dark mode. But Google Pixel and Android One devices running Stock Android are out of luck regarding dark mode.

Android Q Dark mode confirmation on Gerrit code tracker
Android Q Dark mode confirmation on Gerrit code tracker

Seems like that is about to change soon with the launch of Android Q. It was rumored last year that Android P will have native dark mode but that didn’t happen. Now, Android Police has spotted a tracker titled “Modify Core UI elements and create a setting to enable Dark Mode”. This tracker must be created for Android Q and suggests that Dark Mode is coming.

Android Q Dark mode enabler instructions
Android Q Dark mode enabler instructions

This has been confirmed by the same Googler in the description of tracker which says that “dark mode is an approved [Android] Q feature.” and adds that “[Android] Q team wants to ensure that all preloaded apps support dark mode natively.” In the same tracker, the Googler also mentions steps which have to be replicated to test Dark Mode on Android Q.

Earlier in 2018, Google rolled out native Dark Mode for its apps including Google Phone, Contacts, Messages, etc. We believe it was all done in order to comply with the upcoming system-wide Dark Mode in Android Q.

Also, according to a new update from AndroidPolice, the discovered Chromium Bug Tracker thread was recently locked and could no more be accessed by non-Google folks. This clearly is an indication that Google is not yet willing to disclose anything yet, or maybe it just confirms that we can actually expect to see system-wide Dark Mode in Android Q.

As per the usual timing, we might see the first Android Q Developer Preview in March 2019, and it shall be enough to confirm this report.

Source: Android Police

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