Google Crushes Hopes For Dark Mode In Android P

Many users have been clamoring for a system-wide “dark mode” in Android. Besides being a preferred UI scheme for some users, a dark mode would help to cut down on glare at night (something that GPS apps already take advantage of) and help reduce power requirements on OLED displays.

Android fans were given a glimmer of hope when a Google Issue Tracker thread — which was initially started back in November 2017 — requested a dark mode for Android 9.0. After months of inactivity, the issue was marked as “fixed”. Android users were further stoked by a Google team member that said the feature would be “available in a future Android release.”

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But before you start breaking out the champagne to celebrate the impending arrival of a system-wide dark mode in Android 9.0 (Android P), Google says that any previous comments regarding dark mode were made by mistake.

"Unfortunately, this bug was closed prematurely due to a miscommunication with the team that handles AOSP issues," said Google in statement to Android Police. "What we *have* added in a future Android release is a developer-facing setting (via Developer Options) to toggle the -night UI mode qualifier, which will make it easier for developers to create and test apps that implement night mode."

In other words, app developers will be able to [better] implement the functionality in their own apps, but a system-wide toggle for dark mode isn't in the cards for Android P. However, we're still holding out hope for its arrival with Android Q in 2019...