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Technology One of Google’s most popular apps might finally be getting dark mode

18:40  09 october  2019
18:40  09 october  2019 Source:   bgr.com

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

Facebook's mobile app may finally get a built-in 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. 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. 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.

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.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Google-Maps-Dark-Mode© Provided by Penske Media Corporation Google-Maps-Dark-Mode

According 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. That said, it’s likely still a ways away from being ready for release, as a vast majority of the app still appears as it always has, and of the interface elements that have been changed, many are illegible with dark text on a dark background.

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.

Many of Google’s most prominent apps on Android have gotten dark mode in recent months, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Chrome, Google Assistant, and even the Play Store. Google Maps has had a night theme for a while, but it can only be activated while navigating. A more extensive dark mode is in the works:

Of course, one of the highlights of Android 10 is a system-wide dark mode of Google’s own design. As with iOS, every app that has a dark mode should automatically switch over when you have Android 10 dark mode enabled, and it sure looks like Google Maps could be one of those apps after a future update rolls out.

This comes just days after Google added another highly-anticipated feature to Maps: Incognito mode. The feature had long been a part of Chrome and YouTube, but it arrived on Google Maps this week as well:

Google begins official testing for Maps Incognito Mode

  Google begins official testing for Maps Incognito Mode Back in May at Google I/O 2019, the company promised that Chrome's Incognito Mode will expand to Maps for Android; on Wednesday, about four months after the original announcement, testing for the feature has finally begun. As first reported by Android Police on Wednesday, Google has begun testing the Google Maps Incognito Mode feature first announced in May at this year's I/O 2019. As with the Incognito Modes available on Chrome and YouTube, Incognito Mode for Maps would "prevent your search queries and real-time tracked location from being recorded onto your Google account.

When you turn on Incognito mode in Maps, your Maps activity on that device, like the places you search for, won’t be saved to your Google Account and won’t be used to personalize your Maps experience. You can easily turn on Incognito mode by selecting it from the menu that appears when you tap your profile photo, and you can turn it off at any time to return to a personalized experience with restaurant recommendations, information about your commute, and other features tailored to you. Incognito mode will start rolling out on Android this month, with iOS coming soon.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Google Maps iPhone Sign© Provided by Penske Media Corporation Google Maps iPhone Sign

If and when Google makes any official announcements about dark mode for Maps, we’ll be sure to share them.

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