Android Is Getting a System-Wide Dark Mode, and a Potential Desktop Mode

Posted on January 16, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Android with 25 Comments

Google’s next upgrade to Android could feature a bunch of much-requested features. The folks at XDA Developers have gotten their hands on an early build of Android Q, running on the Pixel 3 XL, giving us an early look what’s to come.

The main new feature seems to be a new, system-wide dark mode for Android. The new dark mode will introduce a dark theme for the entire operating system, something which has been a long-requested feature on both Android and iOS. Although companies like OnePlus already provided similar experiences on their custom version of Android, the stock Android experience powering Google’s Pixel handsets and other devices never had a system-wide dark mode. The new dark mode may also come with an option to automatically force dark mode on apps that do not have a dark mode, too.

XDA Developers reported that there is a new option called Force Desktop Mode for developers, which could introduce the ability to simply plug in your Android device to a monitor and get a desktop-like experience. That would be similar to something like Samsung DeX, or Microsoft’s Continuum experience on Windows 10 Mobile. If the feature does make it to the final Android Q release, it could be a huge deal for Google’s next-generation Pixel devices, as well as other new Android devices.

There are a bunch of other minor features in the early Android Q build, including new privacy features that let you give apps access to certain permissions like your location only when the app is in use, much like you can iOS. Google will likely start talking about Android Q sometime soon, probably at I/O this May.

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