Google Suggests Dark UI Mode Could Finally Be Coming to Android

Google Suggests Dark UI Mode Could Finally Be Coming to Android

Google showed the difference Dark Mode makes in its YouTube app. At 100% brightness, the battery consumes 60% less battery power using Dark Mode. Dark Mode helps power conservation in devices with OLED screens as the pixels are completely turned off unlike LCDs where power is required to display both white and dark shades.

At the 2018 Android Dev Summit, Google took the stage to talk a bit about what developers can do with their apps to save battery on the end user's phone.

Lately Google have introduced a night mode to their phones to ease strain on the eyes at late hours of the day but it also can decrease power usage by up to 63%. Yes, most of the new phones will get you through the day, and the advantage is clearly on Android, as some vendors have equipped their devices with massive battery packs. Google agrees, and it's designing more of its Android apps with a dark theme.

With OLEDs, pixels are essentially turned off when displaying the color black, whereas LCDs keep their pixels lit up no matter what is being shown on the screen.

What's interesting is the comparison between the original Pixel, which uses an OLED screen, and the LCD-sporting iPhone 7.

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The company also admitted that it had made a mistake in encouraging app developers to use the colour white as the main colour for their apps due to its negative effects on battery life. By removing the "Go" part of the name, it is indicating to users that the app is of general usefulness for any users, and not just those with super low-end devices running on spotty networks. Again in the Android N beta, we saw dark mode.

Samsung wants its foldable phone to have a long battery life. The official Google Dialer, Messaging, News, and YouTube apps all have configurable dark modes now.

Google already published the Android Security Year in Review detailing the open source platform's trends, new features and enhancements.

Darker colours tend to draw the least amount of power on most smartphones with OLED panels.

Google demonstrated how dark mode minimizes battery drain from the screen. Google's stock Android also has a Dark theme setting under Display settings, so be sure to activate that.

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