Android 6.0 Marshmallow wont have a dark theme after all, at least not initially


Android M dark theme

There are no guarantees in life. You may have heard someone much older and wiser tell you that. And when it comes to early Android Developer Previews, the same is also true. Often times, when digging around in the developer settings, people will find features and options that never make it to final builds. The builds are experimental, we get that. But it’s sad to see that one of Android M’s most promising features — that brand new dark theme — get axed when it was so close to launching with Android 6.0 Marshmallow later this year.

The Dark Theme actually went missing in Android M Developer Preview 2, an “issue” which was brought to light on Google Issue Tracker (issue #2657). Apparently this was an intentional move by Google, with a Project Member saying the dark theme would not be included in the final M release. Before you freak out, there is a glimmer of hope. He goes onto to say that the dark theme could be considered for future releases, but who knows when or even if that will be.

We’re not going to lie, it almost sounded too good to be true. Android M brought a handful of really cool new features and it’s sad to see this one get the axe. It’s possible Google could be planning something better, perhaps full theme support for apps in the Google Play, but don’t count on it. Looks like if you want a stock Android experience, it means you’re just going to have to put up with a very bright, white, non-AMOLED friendly UI.

[Google Issue Tracker]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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