Dark mode themes aren’t new, but in recent times they do seem to be gaining a fair bit of popularity. In fact in the past several Android versions, it has been sighted a few times in the Developer Previews only to get the axe at the last minute. Google has sort of made up for it by introducing dark mode to its apps, like YouTube, but it’s not quite the same thing.
However there could be good news because according to a post on the Chromium bug tracker, Googler Lukasz Zbylut seems to have confirmed that dark mode will be a feature in Android Q, which is expected to be released later this year (but its Developer Preview should be arriving much earlier). According to Zbylut’s post:
Dark mode is an approved Q feature […] The Q team wants to ensure that all preloaded apps support dark mode natively. In order to ship dark mode successfully, we need all UI elements to be ideally themed dark by May 2019.
It seems that maybe this information might not have been meant for the public’s eyes because the permissions on the thread have been changed, making it inaccessible for non-Googlers. However given that this is the internet, nothing is truly lost or erased as a screenshot of the thread has been saved for posterity by the folks over at Android Police.
Now how exactly this system wide dark mode implementation will work remains to be seen, and whether it can be easily applied to all existing apps, or if it is simply only for apps and tools preloaded on Android. Hopefully the upcoming Developer Preview will clue us in a bit more as to what we can expect.
Source: Android Police