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TechnologyFacebook's mobile app may finally get a built-in dark mode

18:30  14 august  2019
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Here come the dark mode browsers — and websites

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Facebook may be about to add an option for a dark mode to its Android mobile app . The long-awaited feature was spotted by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who came across an unreleased version of the dark mode in Facebook ' s underlying code. So far only certain parts of the app have

Screenshot: Gizmodo ( Facebook ). At least one Facebook app will soon be bathed in the shadowy beauty that is dark mode , that coveted color scheme Tucked into an announcement that Messenger is getting a redesign “over the coming weeks,” Facebook said its chat app will also get a dark mode

While Twitter, YouTube, and Slack have begun to roll out dark modes built right into their mobile applications as optional themes, Facebook and its suite of apps have been trailing behind in this particular trend. Despite any trace of evidence that a dark mode launch for Facebook mobile is imminent, notable software engineer Jane Manchun Wong has discovered that the theme is already buried in the mobile app's code.

Facebook's mobile app may finally get a built-in dark mode© sapozhnik / A dark mode for Facebook's mobile app is reportedly in the works.

Facebook has been left in the dust in terms of dark mode launches for their mobile applications. While platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Slack all have "night" themes built into their iOS and Android apps, Messenger only gained the functionality in April. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp still lack the battery- and eye-saving option.

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Wong notes in her blog that Facebook ’ s new FB5 app design is exceptionally bright and almost entirely white, making it potentially harmful to people’s eyesight when used in dark environments. But the risks could be mitigated by a dark mode , which Wong discovered in the mobile app ’s code.

That may not be the case for much longer, though, as the highly reliable reverse software engineer Jane Manchun Wong discovered that the Facebook mobile app for Android's code contains an unreleased Dark Mode.

Facebook is working on Dark Mode for mobile

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— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane)

August 12, 2019

According to Wong, this functionality's development is still in the early stages: "for now, only certain parts of the app have been reworked to support the Dark Mode." She expects that, because of the sheer size and scale of the app, "it could take time" to become publicly available.

In the meantime, the native dark themes available through Android and iOS's operating systems can modify the color schemes of some applications that have yet to have a Night Mode built in.

Google is working on a low light mode for Duo video calls.
Google has released the latest version of Duo, which comes with the ability to permanently delete audio and video history. And based on 9to5Google's APK teardown, it also comes with code hinting at a bunch of upcoming features, including a low light mode and a dark mode. The latter could give the app's search interface and contacts list a dark-colored design, accessible by a new "Choose them" option in settings. Duo's low light mode might also be available in the near future. Google has been working on it for a while now -- this XDA Developers hands-on that shows how it works was from January this year -- but some new strings of code suggest that it's coming soon.

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