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  1. Windows 10 dark mode is finally getting improved Time for dark theme to shine (Image credit: Shutterstock; Future) Windows 10’s dark mode, also known as the dark theme, has been a part of the operating system for a while now, and a new update looks like it will finally fix some of the annoyances many of us have had with it. The Windows 10 dark mode has been criticised for its inconsistency. When applied, some parts of Windows 10 and its apps get the dark theme, but other parts of the OS keep their bright white backgrounds. This has led to Windows 10’s dark mode feeling a little half-baked. However, as Windows Latest reports, it looks like Microsoft is finally address this issue. None more black With Build 20211, an early version of an upcoming Windows 10 update that’s available to Windows Insiders, Windows 10’s dark mode has been updated, and now Windows Search, menus within the search tool, and web searches powered by Bing all have black backgrounds. Pop-up menus and dialogs are now also dark to match the rest of the user interface, such as the taskbar and Start menu. It’s not the biggest change in the world, but anyone who uses the dark mode in Windows 10 and has been frustrated about how it doesn’t cover the entire operating system will be relieved to see that Microsoft is finally doing something about it. To apply the dark theme, go to Settings > Personalization > Colors and select ‘Dark’. While this makes dark mode in Windows 10 better, Microsoft is still struggling to apply it to all parts of Windows 10, especially older legacy apps and menus. Windows 10 dark mode is finally getting improved
  2. Google begins rolling out dark mode support for Sheets, Docs, and Slides Google is beginning to roll out dark theme support to Sheets, Docs, and Slides on Android starting today. The apps have been one the holdouts for dark theme support, with the search giant bringing the theme to its other services and offerings such as the Google app. The company says that the dark theme will “intelligently adjust the product interface and user-generated content” to make the app more usable in darker environments. Once the feature is made available, the apps will obey the system’s theme settings. However, as is customary with most apps, users can switch to the light theme through the settings for each individual app by heading to Menu > Settings > Theme > Dark. In addition to that, users can also view how their content will look in the dark mode by heading to the three-dot menu and tapping on the ‘view in light theme’ toggle. The colors in the content are not affected by the change in modes and remain constant. The ability to change to a darker theme is a welcome addition for those that prefer the mode on other apps and the system. The firm notes that the feature is rolling out to all G Suite customers and users with personal accounts starting today. However, the rollout is staggered, and the Mountain View company says that it could take longer than 15 days for the feature to be visible to all customers. There is no information on when the theming option will be made available to iOS users. Google begins rolling out dark mode support for Sheets, Docs, and Slides
  3. Facebook is introducing a dark mode for mobile Users reported seeing the dark mode interface on iOS Illustration by James Bareham / The Verge After launching a dark mode for its desktop interface, Facebook confirms it is testing a dark mode for its mobile apps as well. As first noted by SocialMedia Today, Facebook has made the dark mode available to a very small percentage of people globally, a spokesperson told The Verge in an email Sunday. The mobile version of the dark mode Facebook introduced last month for desktop is “meant to cut down on glare,” particularly in low-light environments, the spokesperson said. There’s no timeline yet for when the dark mode will be available to all mobile users, however. Users who already have the new dark mode on mobile tweeted screenshots of what it looks like: It’s a bit surprising it’s taken this long for Facebook to roll out a mobile dark mode; its Instagram, and WhatsApp apps have dark mode already, as does Facebook Messenger. Twitter has had a version of night mode for its Android and iOS apps for some time, and even Google rolled out a dark mode for its app earlier this year. Low-light and dark mode varieties — which allow users to change the background color of an app window to black— are popular not only because they make apps easier to view for some users and are a bit more aesthetically pleasing, but because most dark mode versions can help preserve a device’s battery life as well. UPDATE June 28th 2:24PM ET: Added confirmation from Facebook spokesperson Facebook is introducing a dark mode for mobile
  4. Google is testing dark mode for Search on the web through a Chrome flag on Android Google recently began rolling out a dark theme to the Google app on Android. The theme helps with cutting down the brightness in the app when users view it in the dimly lit conditions and was a nifty addition for those that prefer that theme. However, the search giant has also been working on bringing a dark mode to the Google.com website’s search results page. Interestingly, a code change (spotted by 9to5Google) in Chromium last month suggested that the dark themed webpage would be triggered by a Chrome flag. Today, users of Google Chrome Canary and Dev can test out the dark mode on Google Search on the web for Android by tweaking the Chrome flags. Users can head to chrome://flags on either of the browsers, search for ‘Show darkened search pages on Android’, enable that flag, and relaunch the browser. Users will then notice that the search results page, on searching for any keyword, has turned dark. The other way that users can try out the dark theme on the search page is by adding an “&cs=1” suffix to the URL of the search page. This works only in Chrome, regardless of the version. It is not clear why the Mountain View company would go with a browser flag to enable dark mode on its web search page. Additionally, it looks like the mode is still work in progress, as there are rough edges and inconsistent iconography in the result cards. Source: 9to5Google Source: Google is testing dark mode for Search on the web through a Chrome flag on Android (Neowin)
  5. WhatsApp dark mode now available for iOS and Android Facebook finally says hello to darkness WhatsApp is finally getting a new dark mode on iOS and Android today. After months of beta testing on both mobile operating systems, the WhatsApp dark mode will be available for all users today. If you already have dark mode enabled at the system level on iOS 13 or Android 10, then WhatsApp will automatically switch over. Android 9 users can simply enable a new dark theme in the WhatsApp settings menu. Facebook has tweaked its WhatsApp dark mode to ensure it lowers the brightness of a phone display. “During testing we found that combining pure black and white creates high contrast that can lead to eye fatigue,” explains a WhatsApp spokesperson. “So instead, you’ll notice a special dark gray background and off-white color that lowers the brightness of the screen, cuts down the glare, and improves contrast and readability.” WhatsApp dark mode on iOS. WhatsApp dark mode on Android. The WhatsApp dark theme will be mostly pure black on iOS devices and a darker gray on Android. It’s a long-awaited feature, one that WhatsApp acknowledges in a launch video (above) with lots of people squinting into their phones. The short video, entitled “Hello Darkness,” includes a previously unreleased version of “The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon. You can download the latest WhatsApp update from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store to get the new dark mode option. Source: WhatsApp dark mode now available for iOS and Android (The Verge)
  6. Gmail's Dark mode goes missing for some Android users The Dark mode in the official Gmail app for Android has mysteriously gone missing for some people. Many Android users have taken to Twitter to complain about the missing dark theme in the app. Users are complaining that their Gmail app has automatically reverted to the light theme and the option to enable Dark mode has gone missing from the Settings menu. While complaints are largely coming from Pixel owners, some OnePlus device owners also seem to be affected. Some users seem to have lost access to Dark mode after installing the latest Gmail update (v2019.12.30.289507923) and they have not been able to get the mode back after rolling back to an older version. For others, the app simply reverted to the light theme when they opened it. At the moment, it is unclear as to why Google has pulled Dark mode from Gmail's Android app. It could simply be an error on Google's part or the company could have discovered an issue with the mode due to which it pulled the feature. Source: Android Police Source: Gmail's Dark mode goes missing for some Android users (Neowin)
  7. Android 11 could add Dark mode scheduling With Android 10, Google got around to finally adding a system-wide Dark mode to the OS. However, the company did not add an option to automatically enable or disable Dark mode depending on the time of the day or based on sunrise/sunset. This was an odd omission on Google's part especially since the feature was already present in one of the beta builds of Android 10. The company then went on to remove it citing issues with UI redraw that could lead to scrolling position and entered text in a list vanishing when the switch happens. Chris Banes from Google's Android Developer Relations team also explained that sunset/sunrise time calculations can be extremely difficult leading to poor user experience. Now, it looks like the next version of Android will add the ability to schedule switching Dark theme on/off. A Dark mode scheduling bug in the Android issue tracker has been marked as fixed by one of Google's engineers, with the feature becoming available "in a future Android release" which will likely be Android 11. The ability to schedule Dark mode on/off is already present in almost all major Android skins, with only stock Android missing it. Until Google gets around to releasing Android 11 with this feature, you will have to rely on a third-party app like this to get similar functionality on your phone. Source: Android 11 could add Dark mode scheduling (Neowin)
  8. How to enforce Dark Mode in many apps on Android Lately, I have been switching programs and applications over to Dark Mode whenever possible on my Android devices to save battery and improve visibility especially in the morning and at night. Some applications do support dark themes or dark mode, and Android does too natively. On my Google Pixel 3a, one of the first things that I did was enable Dark Mode in the Settings. Several native applications, including Settings, Google Chrome, or the Play Store applications started to switch to Dark Mode automatically when I made the change. Others did not however which meant that the device switched between dark and light mode whenever I switched apps that supported it and those that did not. Starting with Android Q, a system-wide dark mode was introduced but the feature does not enforce dark mode on applications. If an app supports it, it may switch to dark mode automatically but if it does not, the default or selected theme is used instead. Android Q comes with a developer option to enforce Dark Mode. The effect of enabling the option is that many apps use a dark interface instead of the default one. The setting does not work for all applications though; WhatsApp keeps its light interface even after enabling the option and so do other apps such as Google Maps. Note: The following instructions apply to a Google Pixel 3a device that is more or less stock Android. The features that you need to enabled may not be present in other Android devices, or they may be located somewhere else in the Settings. If you have found them in a different location, feel free to leave a comment to inform others about it. Here is what you need to do: Open up the Settings on your Android device and select Display. Toggle the Dark theme option to enabled. The setting enables Dark theme on the device but does not enforce it. You need to open the Developer Options in the second step to make another configuration change to force it. If you have Developer Options in Settings already skip to step 4. Open the Settings and go to About Phone. Tap on the Build Number multiple times until you get a notification that Developer Options have been enabled. Select Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options. Enable Override force-dark under "Hardware Accelerated Rendering". Many apps will use a dark theme once you make the change. Source: How to enforce Dark Mode in many apps on Android (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  9. Edge, both in its UWP form and the new Chromium-based version, has supported dark mode for some time, but it only applies to the browser interface itself, and not web content. However, as spotted by eagle-eyed Reddit user Leopeva64-2 (via OnMSFT), Microsoft has added a flag in the latest Canary build of Edge that lets users force web content to be displayed in dark mode. Many websites (like Neowin) already offer a built-in dark theme, and there's also a number of extensions that can force websites to display in dark mode, but it's still interesting to see the feature being implemented into the browser itself. Currently, the setting is hidden in the flags page and disabled by default, but it could eventually be added to the main settings page. Despite being an early implementation, it already offers a variety of options for forcing dark mode, which could help adjust the effect to be more pleasant on the eyes. These include HSL-, RGB-, CIELAB-based inversion, selective image inversion, and so on. Of course, it's still a workaround for websites that don't support it, and it won't be perfect. If you're interested in enabling the feature, you'll need to have Edge version 80.0.317.1 and go to edge://flags to find the "Force Dark Mode for Web Contents" flag. Source: Latest Edge Canary build lets you enable dark mode for websites (via Neowin)
  10. The Dark Mode craze may do more harm than good – this is why Developers need to go dark on the feature Dark Mode in iOS 13 (Image credit: Apple) The hot new topic in terms of smartphone and computer software right now is Dark Mode, an optional system look that flips the colours of an app or operating system to make it, well, dark. Instagram has a dark mode, as does Chrome, WhatsApp, Gmail, and iOS 13, and it seems apps and developers are tripping over themselves to create a new dark mode for their software. There's just one problem which none of these hard-working people seem to have considered that makes their work redundant, and the attention they've taken from other projects will be in vain: all in all, dark mode looks totally awful. That's not a dig at any dark mode in particular, and no developers have implemented it particularly poorly (well, apart from Android 10). But in the rush for developers to see if they could implement dark mode on their apps, no-one asked if they should - and taken stock of how it might be reworked better rather than just following the trend. Beyond that, there are legitimate reasons why developers shouldn't be focusing on Dark Mode. Here's why the Dark Mode craze is just crazy. Dark Mode hurts to look at (Image credit: Google; Shutterstock) Have you ever gone onto a website, typically an older forum page from back when web design really kicked off, and seen a black background with white text (usually in comic sans) and found it totally hard to read? Pure black backgrounds with white font can be really hard to read, and it causes halation or visual distortion for many people. Having to look at this for long periods of time can cause serious eye strain, which means it's no wonder modern society uses white backgrounds with black or gray font for... well, everything. Dark Mode is dark with white text, and it can cause the aforementioned eye problems. More than that, it just looks ugly, and when smartphones are trying harder and harder to look beautiful in terms of design and software, it makes no sense to create a horrible-looking dark filter. Sure, ugliness is an opinion – but this is an opinion article, so that's to be expected. No good for low-light (Image credit: Shutterstock) One of the main reasons behind Dark Mode (or excuses for its existence, if you're not feeling charitable) is that it's better for low-light settings, so you can use it in bed without blinding yourself or someone else. And there's merit behind that reasoning: the blue lights in phone screens have been known to stop people sleeping, as the brain misinterprets the blue light as daylight. There's merit behind the reasoning, but not behind the execution, as Dark Mode would only be a useful way of cutting out blue light if functions to this end didn't already exist. But they do. Many phones have blue light filters, which you can schedule to kick in at a certain time to reduce the blue light from your phone screens – typically this means between 10PM and 7AM, your phone display has a slight red hue. Some smartphones, like Sony phones, have more permanent options that let you customize the RGB makeup of your display to suit your vision. Then there's the issue of bright lights in bed waking up your significant other (although if you're frequently using your phone in bed, that's a whole different issue). For years now, phones have had adaptive brightness, and before that you could manually change the brightness of your phone. In short, if your handset is too bright, dial down the brightness! Dark Mode is a solution to a problem that already has a solution – and this second solution is just wasting time that developers could be spending on other projects. Just turn it off (Image credit: Facebook; Shutterstock) There are some minor perks to a dark mode, such as its battery saving potential. But since Dark Mode is surprisingly hard to develop (as Chrome for desktop shows), it would be more efficient for developers to work on battery optimization tricks. Of course, the obvious response to 'dark mode is bad' is simply 'just turn it off then', and I certainly will, but there's more to the issue than that. With every developer around being tasked to create a hasty dark mode, seemingly just because everyone else is, that means manpower is going to be turned away from other tasks that are arguably more important for the longevity of operating systems and apps. Operating system developers are in the midst of their own battles right now: Apple's MacOS Catalina is murdering nearly every computer it touches, and Microsoft's Windows 10 is tripping over basically every hurdle it gets near. Similarly, apps and social media platforms have bigger issues that need addressing in terms of usability: YouTube needs to sort out the algorithm that its top content creators keep getting shafted by; Twitter needs editable tweets; Instagram needs to fix its auto-ban algorithm that many have ridiculed as overzealous. In short, developers all have problems they need to face and address, but if they spend their time creating pithy dark modes instead of fixing problems, they're letting their platforms sink further down into the plughole that the internet is becoming. Source: The Dark Mode craze may do more harm than good – this is why (TechRadar)
  11. At the end of a robotic test, the difference was considerable. Dark mode is a key feature on iOS 13, but can it really extend your iPhone's battery life? If it's an OLED model, the answer seems to be a firm yes, according to tests done by PhoneBuff. They used robotic devices to perform identical tasks on two iPhone XS test devices, one in light and one in dark mode. That included watching a YouTube video, using Twitter, navigating with Google Maps and chatting on the Messages app. At the end of the test the "light mode" iPhone XS was dead, while the one running dark mode still had 30 percent battery life. That result is a pretty good justification for switching if you often drain your iPhone's battery. Keep in mind that these aren't exactly official tests and that real life usage might vary. Also, the phones were run at a fairly bright 200 nits, so you're bound to get different results at different brightness levels. Finally, the test only used dark mode-compliant apps. All that said, it's an impressive result. Dark mode is likely to impact OLED phones a lot more than regular LCD phones. When OLED pixels are shut off, they use zero power, while dark pixels on regular LCD phones emit some light. (This is also why OLED phones -- including the new iPhone 11 Pro and Pixel 4 models -- have better contrast ratios than LED models.) Having 30 percent of your battery could be the difference between needing to recharge during the day or not. So, while dark mode isn't everyone's cup of tea, it's good to know it's there when you need it. Source
  12. Perfect for late-night Insta binges. Following the introduction of Apple's system-wide dark mode on iOS 13 and a similar feature in Android 10, users have been able to switch to a white-on-black theme for their system elements and for supported apps. Now, Instagram is going over to the dark side as well, offering a dark mode in its app for both mobile operating systems. Instagram's dark mode is responsive to the iOS or Android system settings. If you have dark mode enabled on your device, when you get the new Instagram update you should see that the app automatically switches to a black background with white text. Twitter's iOS app, however, works differently: you can set it to correspond to system-wide dark mode settings or you can enable dark mode manually. To enable dark mode on your iPhone, go to Settings, then Display and Brightness and select Dark. There's also a toggle to enable Automatic mode in which your iPhone will change to dark mode at night and go back to light mode during the day. To enable dark mode on your Android device, go to Settings, then Display, then Advanced and then select Dark from the Device theme menu. Source
  13. How to Enable the Dark Mode in Mozilla Firefox Settings UI Dark modes are the new big thing in terms of software user interface, and pretty much every developer out there considers adding one to their apps. Large companies like Google and Microsoft made a huge progress in this regard, so Windows 10, for example, comes with its very own dark mode to make the OS overall easier on the eye during the night. Mozilla is one of the companies that are still working on refining the dark theme in their software, and Firefoxis set to improve even more in the upcoming updates. The most recent changes that the company made to the Nightly build shows that Mozilla is currently in the process of implementing a dark visual style for the about: pages, which, in essence, means that Firefox is set to get a dark mode in settings as well. As with everything that’s being developed by Mozilla, the feature is currently part of Firefox Nightly, as all improvements are being tested here before they are released to everyone as part of the stable browser. Firefox Nightly isn’t recommended as a daily driver, but instead can help you figure out where Firefox is going and to help you try out certain new features in advance. If you want to try out the dark settings screen in Firefox, here’s what you need to know. First and foremost, it looks like this feature currently works on Windows 10 exclusively, albeit there’s no doubt that Mozilla would bring it to all supported desktop platforms sooner or later. But on Windows 10, the dark mode comes with a neat implementation. The browser can adapt to your OS visual settings, so when switching to a dark theme in Windows 10, Firefox can enable the same look in settings as well. However, this behavior requires the dark settings interface to be enabled. As mentioned, this option only exists in the Nightly build, so it you need to activate it manually, but in the stable version of Firefox more straightforward options could be offered too. To try out this new interface, you first have to update to the latest Firefox version. The version that I’m running for this tutorial is 68.0a1 (2019-04-14), so anything newer than this should be alright. Launch the browser and head over to the flags screen to configure additional advanced options. To do this, type: about:config Advance to the next step when asked if you understand the risks of changing the settings here and then search for a flag that is called: browser.in-content.dark-mode By default, this flag is set to false, you need to change it to true by clicking the Toggle button. A browser reboot is then required. If the dark mode is enabled on Windows 10, Firefox should then use a dark theme for the settings screen when reloading the browser. On the other hand, if you want to use the Firefox Settings screen without a dark mode in Windows 10, you can do so by adding a new flag called: ui.systemUsesDarkTheme To do this, copy the flag name, paste in the search box in Firefox about:config screen > Add > True. If everything works correctly, after a browser reboot, the dark theme in the settings UI should be enabled regardless of the visual mode that is running on Windows 10. At this point, there are no specifics as to when Mozilla plans to bring this improvement to all users in a stable version of Firefox. The update, however, first needs to make it from the Nightly build of Firefox to all the other channels before hitting the stable ring. Source
  14. Here’s how you can get Dark Mode on Chromium-based Microsoft Edge Last night Microsoft released the first build of Chromium-based Microsoft Edge for Windows 10 users. The first build focuses more on the overall stability of the browser than on the features. The new Edge still misses out on many features including the support for Dark Mode. However, users can enable Dark Mode using Flags. The current flag allows users to set the theme according to the OS preferences. The flag is turned off by default but you can follow the steps below to enable it. Open Edge and head to edge://flags/#edge-follow-os-theme Now click on the drop down menu on the right side and select “Enabled”. This should prompt you to relaunch the browser. Click on “Relaunch” and you will get dark mode on Edge. If you still don’t see the dark mode then make sure Windows 10 is set to dark mode as well. This is because, Edge is instructed to follow the OS preference and it will switch to dark mode only if system wide dark mode is already applied. To set system wide dark mode, head to Settings>Personalization>Colors and scroll down to “default app mode” and select Dark. Source
  15. The reports of Google Chrome dark mode initially appeared online after Google was spotted working on a dark theme specifically for macOS Mojave. The dark themed Google Chrome offers a comfortable browsing experience and it looks like the browser will finally work with Windows 10’s system-wide dark mode. Yesterday, we reported that Google Chrome is set to get a native dark mode on Windows 10 and today users have discovered a simple trick to enable Google Chrome dark mode on Windows desktops. Senior Chrome Engineer Peter Kasting has confirmed the ongoing development around native dark mode support. He had also submitted a bug report on Chromium to highlight the fact that Windows 10 supports dark mode and Chrome should respect this behaviour. The huge amount of feedback from users has apparently convinced Google to start focusing more on native dark mode support for Google Chrome on desktops and the first tidbits have started showing up. It turns that you can already try out the half-baked dark mode in Google Chrome by downloading the Canary build. Without any further ado, here is a step by step instruction to force Google Chrome dark theme. Steps to enable Google Chrome dark mode Download and install Google Chrome Canary. Make sure the shortcut of the Canary version is pinned to the desktop. Right-click the shortcut and tap on ‘Properties’. In Target field, add -force-dark-mode after the Chrome Canary location. Click Apply and OK to save changes. Google Canary will launch with the highly-anticipated dark mode. However, at the moment, the dark theme implementation appears to be half-baked and there are noticeable glitches which should be addressed before the official launch. As noted above, Google is also working on a dark theme for other platforms including Windows 7 and older. The search engine giant recently submitted a code change to introduce dark mode support on macOS. It’s likely that Google will officially bring native dark mode support to Chrome with version 73 and further refinements will be implemented in the coming months. At the moment, it’s not known whether Chrome will respect Windows 10’s side wide theme settings. In Windows 10, Mozilla Firefox offers a dark theme feature that respects Windows 10’s theme settings and the browser also supports the native share UI. Microsoft has been trying to bring the dark theme to settings, explorer, Edge browser in Windows 10. The company offers an intrinsic way to turn apps, interface and elements into dark since the year 2016. Google, on the other hand, hasn’t shown its interest in bringing a dark mode for Windows users. Source
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