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Technology Gmail’s dark mode begins rolling out today

20:16  24 september  2019
20:16  24 september  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Dark mode finally rolling out for Gmail on Android

Dark mode finally rolling out for Gmail on Android If you spend a lot of time staring at screens all day (and all night, for that matter) many of you are no doubt glad to increasingly have a dark mode option become a more familiar part of your smartphone experience. Personally, Gmail is one of the apps I'm glued to for most of my waking hours, so it's certainly welcome to see that a dark mode for Gmail is finally rolling out. The caveat is that this is for the Android version of the app only, and you’ll need to be running Android 10. Android 10, released more than a week ago, has its own system-wide dark mode.

Google has started to roll out dark mode for Gmail starting today on both Android and iOS devices. If you already use Android 10 or iOS 13 and have dark mode switched on at the system level, Google says that Gmail will automatically adjust to dark mode. Additionally, dark mode will activate if you use a Pixel phone set to battery saver mode. If you’re using an earlier Android or iOS version, you’ll have to toggle a few settings.

To check if dark mode has been made available to you, open Gmail, click settings, and you’ll see a new option called “Theme,” and within that, dark mode can be switched on.

If you’re not seeing this option, don’t worry. Google says in its press release that dark mode is releasing over an “extended rollout” period of 15 days or longer on Android and iOS. So if you don’t already have the feature, it’s on the way; you just might be in for a bit of a wait.

More and more apps are getting dark modes added, and we’re tracking every development right here. A few of Google’s popular apps have gotten dark mode support recently. Google Fit added the feature last month for Android and iOS users, while the feature in Google Calendar and Google Keep is currently limited to Android users. Curiously, Google’s main app still doesn’t have it for either operating system, nor does Google Maps.

One of Google’s most popular apps might finally be getting dark mode .
Dark mode has been slowly spreading across the entire mobile app ecosystem over the last few years, but Apple's decision to add a dedicated system-wide dark mode to iOS 13 might have escalated the adoption of the feature even further. For example, just this week, Instagram updated its app with a dark mode, and now there are signs that one of Google's most important mobile apps will be going dark in the near future as well. According to AndroidAccording to Android Police, elements of dark mode have begun to appear in the latest versions of Maps Preview and Maps Beta, signaling that Google is at the very least testing the feature out.

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