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Android Q to Have System-Wide Dark Mode; the First Glimpse of the New OS May be Out by May 2019

While the smartphone makers are busy upgrading their devices in the hands of the users to Android Pie, Google is working on the Android Q and some highlights are being leaked. The major one doing the rounds is that the Android team at Google has set an objective of having the whole system use the dark mode and not just a few apps.

Longer Battery Life the Major Target

Smartphone makers have been trying to make their phones last longer with the battery charged to the fullest and not draining too fast. While the chipset manufacturers claim that with every new version of their models, they ensure that there is a minimum of 20% to 30% reduction in the overall power consumption. In some cases, the management of the apps has been sharpened so that apps which are idle won’t keep drawing power. Google had taken the first step and made some apps into dark mode; YouTube, Contacts, Messages, Google News etc. were made to operate under the dark mode by default in the Android Pie itself. This was made possible by constantly building towards this objective. Insiders claim Google had desired that the Android Pie must have carried this feature of a system-wide dark mode. Since it did not happen it is now working in making the Android Q the next target to achieve this.

Android Q Dark night mode

All Pre-Loaded Apps Will be on Dark Mode

The way it is going to work is that the coding of the software for the operating system will be done in a manner that when the OS is sent to the different device manufacturers, they will have to make sure that all the apps that they pre-load on to their smartphones will function in the dark mode only. There is an internal instruction that has been leaked where it is informed to the developers that “all UI elements” will have to be themed dark and the deadline set for this is May 2019. This gives the indication that sometime around May, one may get to take a glance at the next version of Android Q. Then the beta version will be developed and shared at the annual developers’ conference to try the OS and find any bugs etc. in it. It is only after this that the public will see the OS before the official release in the fourth quarter.

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