Google Photos is now the latest Android app to get a dark theme for users on non-Android Q devices following other Google apps such as Keep, Drive, Chrome, and Calendar in their dark mode all things to give it a neat interface and make it nicer on the eyes.
Google Photos got dark theme via systemwide dark mode on Android Q for phones. Android 9 Pie devices are getting the new theme as seen on the latest Samsung and OnePlus devices.
The new theme adopts a dark gray background rather than opting for full black. This goes for the search field (with merged status bar), the navigation drawer, settings, and share sheet which are now slightly lighter than the main gallery background. The once colorful UI elements have been toned down to more muted colors as well. With this contrast, your photos pop and stand out more when scrolling.
The dark theme is rolling out as a server-side update with the latest version of the app(version 22.214.171.124919200) and might not be available for some users. The feature will roll out to more and more users over the coming weeks once Google is satisfied with it.
Google is trying to get all of its applications ready to go with a dark theme before the launch of Android Q later this year. Android Q beta 3 which came out at this year’s Google I/O event gave users an option to properly enable dark mode across the system that will also enable it in supported applications.