More and more developers are adding a dark theme to their mobile applications. Google is also a proponent of this trend. The company assumes that a larger amount of black colour translates into lower power consumption by OLED displays. That’s why Android Q is supposed to receive support for a dark theme for the entire operating system, not just individual applications.

The dark theme is not a whim promoted by bloggers and fans of technical innovations. It turns out that smartphone users themselves want applications to use dark colours. They not only look better but also consume much less energy. This is primarily about devices equipped with AMOLED screens, which do not require power supply to display black pixels. That’s why Google started experimenting with support for a dark theme by individual applications. First, this appeared on YouTube, and later it also came to the application from Google News, contacts, messages, etc. The same trend was also well-received by other developers. A good example here is Facebook, which is already testing the dark theme in the Messenger app. That’s why Android users would like dark colours to be used throughout the operating system and all built-in applications.

The dark theme is on the list of Android Q functionalities

The team from Android Police found a thread on the Chromium Bug Tracker, which deals with the dark theme:

At the same time, it is a leak that directly indicates that the dark theme is on the list of Android Q features. This means that the teams responsible for embedded applications (including the Chrome browser) are going to implement support for the “perfect dark theme”. This means that Google draws conclusions from previous shortcomings. Some applications of the giant instead of black showed shades of gray, which also reduced the energy demand, but did not use the full potential of the new colour.

Most people are happy that the team working on the dark theme in Chrome is not just focused around Android Q. This function has now received the name of “night mode” and is also expected to work on Android Pie:

Source: XDA Developers, Android Police