Gmail Gets Dark Mode That Switches at Random – Official Launch Imminent


Dark mode everything has been the rallying call for a while now – apps have begun including the toggle on their settings while we wait for system-wide dark mode to come with Android Q and iOS 13. Gmail is the latest app to be spotted with dark mode.

Most popular apps and websites already have a dark mode or theme of some sorts and while we wait for Google to launch the stable version Android Q, the tech giant has been readying its apps for when that day dawns. The latest APK(Gmail v2019.06.09) reveal shows that part from dark mode, we should expect an overhaul in the settings as it will get a new grey user interface.

The dark mode comes with its imperfections as it only works when it wants to and can only be seen in settings while the rest of the app retains the white background. There’s also no toggle switch to enable it.

Here’s how it looks:

It is worth noting that the preferences setting also has a darker shade of grey while descriptions stay at white. The checkboxes get a darker shade of Blue as is the overflow menu.

Apart from the buggy dark mode, no changes have been done to other parts of the app.

Another option to use while you wait for the official launch of dark mode which is pretty imminent, get the Swift Black skin from Substratum that gives you system-wide dark mode and does that for the Gmail app too.

Embracing the Dark Mode

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