Android fans have always asked for the introduction of a dark mode across the entire operating system. Now, it seems that the wait is over as the next Google’s OS for mobile devices, Android Q, might feature an OS-wide dark mode, pleasing the users who have asked that for some time now.
According to a Google engineer, “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 information was revealed via the Chromium bug tracker.
From the description of the bug tracker post, we can also learn that the dark mode will be available under Settings -> Display -> Dark Mode section. Also, the post, which is now unavailable for unknown reasons, contained several links to internal documents, revealing additional details about this OS-wide dark mode feature.
Android Q To Feature An OS-wide Dark Mode
In addition to all that, another information revealed via the AOSP also indicated that a dark mode is about to come out with the upcoming Android Q operating system. According to it, the dark theme would require a specific wallpaper file.
“Dark Mode expects a specific wallpaper file to be present in the filesystem. This file is generated for most ways that the wallpaper can be set except for when the default_wallpaper resource is used,” the text reads.
All that information suggests that, indeed, Android Q will feature an OS-wide dark mode. And, in reality, the possibility that Android Q to receive a dark theme is high since Google has focused on bringing this feature in a multitude of its applications, both Android- and web-based, such as YouTube, Google Phone app, Messages, Contacts, and Google News, among others. Also, Google Chrome would get a dark theme with the Chrome 73 version.