Google acknowledges the benefits of Dark Mode on battery life

Florence Fletcher
November 11, 2018

Do you prefer a light or a dark theme? Hence, now the tech giant Google's well-known and the most used mobile operating system, of course, Android seems to be preparing to adopt this mode and thus, manage to save battery life. That will likely change, in the next major Android update or two. At full brightness, power draw dropped by 60 percent when moving from normal to dark. That is pretty insane, and a huge difference. For instance, YouTube users can manually activate Dark Mode by following these steps. The name change is meant to reflect the app's ability to help facilitate a smartphone owner's needs no matter which device they are using. Google's stock Android also has a Dark theme setting under Display settings, so be sure to activate that. Black pixels use no power because they're completely off. The company plans to introduce the dark mode to its Phone app after getting it to YouTube and Android Messages.

How much China impacts Google's statistical modeling is hard to say; the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Twitter with a dark theme is less blinding than a day theme that's mostly white, especially when you're looking at it in the dark or in places that aren't bright (like bars, restaurants, etc.). To address this, we're launching an In-app Updates API.

WhatsApp is clearly a popular messaging app with over a billion users, but it lacks a dark mode.

Impact: This is going to have a rather big impact on Android in the future. According to Google, it saves battery life. Update, Nov. 9: Added details about saving battery life.

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We now have proof that apps drain less of your phone's battery life when they use darker colors, like black and gray. It's actually pretty significant.

Battery-saving black interfaces have been known about for years-it's what enables always-on ambient displays, as first seen on the Moto X and then adopted by Google, Samsung, and others. The API will give developers a couple options when it comes to updates. They aren't forcing everyone to move to a dark mode on their app, but they do at least want users to have the choice.

It's also adding some new features, including a redesigned user interface and celebratory notifications for those times when you save storage space.

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