Most of us love a dark theme, don't we?
Launch YouTube app on your phone. However, it's coming together with a lot of white. Smartphone displays consume the highest battery power and lighter themes tend to draw more energy, which is why dark modes are gaining popularity. So if you're serious about saving battery, dark mode on YouTube is definitely worth toggling on.
The advantages of applying dark mode to application interfaces and operating systems have always been known. However, the feature didn't survive to the final release.
After Banes, Alan Viverette then took to the stage to talk about how devs should embrace dark mode and went into detail on how they can implement it. Surely this time we'll get it, right?
One of the most notable additions was "Adaptive Battery" that harnesses the power of machine learning to intelligently direct power away from apps that are not utilised and more towards those that are. Also, the color displayed affects the power consumption of the display. It used an original Pixel XL as the test device. The gains are significant, especially on devices that utilise an AMOLED panel for the display. The testing was apparently not done on the latest hardware but they did compare the first generation Pixel's AMOLED display with that of the iPhone 7's LCD and measured the power consumption while using Google Maps in normal and night mode.
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Google went on to acknowledge the prevalence of white in its apps and the way it pushes devs to use it, but there could be a method to its madness.
Dark mode saves lives. There are already some signs of change. The calls for a system-wide dark mode in Android have been deafening in recent years, and we can only hope this new information will inspire Google to finally give users what they want.
For this to happen on a system level, Google will need to make it part of a future Android upgrade.
Google also rolled out Instant discovery that allows to easily adopt the new kind of apps. Let's hope more and more of our daily usage apps should embrace this dark theme.
For less urgent stuff, the new tools will let the app update in the background, even while it's being used.