Confirmed: Android P will have an official dark mode

Confirmed: Android P will have an official dark mode

Update - Apparently not anymore. The cause? A miscommunication between the public and Google.

Since most high-end Android smartphones these days have AMOLED or OLED displays it is pretty obvious that users would want a built-in dark mode toggle that would flip from light to dark hues in order to preserve battery life and explore those deeper blacks. It's probably safe to say that after all the previous claims that dark mode was finally arriving, plus this latest and cruelest mistake, Android users will only believe it when they see it. While dark mode in some apps are available, what many users are looking for is a system-wide implementation of the feature.

Google has announced that smartphone makers will introduce the first set of Android Oreo Go Edition smartphones at the upcoming MWC 2018 next week.


However for whatever reasons, none of them made the final cut, but it seems that Android P could be our next chance. Dark mode is finally coming to Android phones, with the feature likely to debut later this year when Android P is unveiled during Google I/O in May. From there, things went, well, dark. until today, where the team responded that the issue was "fixed" along with a note that "Our engineering team has added this feature".

Sadly this hysteria came to an abrupt end as someone from Google noticed the news and reopened the thread to explain that the Dark Mode is not coming to future Android releases.

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.

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