Google has been working to enhance the Google Maps navigation experience for users. The company was spotted testing the much-awaited dark mode for Google Maps last September via a server-side update. Now, the company has made the official announcement and is rolling out dark mode to all the Android users globally.
The dark mode, which takes things much further than the previously available night mode color option, will be accessible in the app’s settings menu, under “theme.” Users will get three options to set the dark mode – Always in dark theme, Always in light theme, Same as device theme. So, users can select the “Same as device theme” option to follow the system-wide theme on Android.
The Dark Theme will enable users to save battery life and the greyscale interface will reduce eyestrain. Moreover, the feature will “save on battery life” and make the navigation experience comfortable for users.
Google announced the dark mode rollout as part of a batch of new features coming to Android, including some updates to Android Auto, TalkBack, Android Auto, and a few others. In addition to custom wallpapers, Android Auto is now going to feature games as well. Trivia Crack, Jeopardy!, Song Quiz, and Google’s own Are You Feeling Lucky? will be available. The games can be accessed through the assistant by saying “Hey Google, play a game.” Android Auto is also getting a split-screen feature that will put Maps side by side with media controls.(Though this feature will only be available in cars with wider displays.)
Google has also made available Password Checkup feature for Android handsets. The company said that the feature is now integrated into Android phones running Android 9 and above. Separately, it is also rolling out the ability to schedule messages on its Messages app. The tech giant alongside revamped the TalkBack Android screen reader for the visually challenged or people trouble seeing the display.
Although all of the other Android features the company announced will make their way to users this Spring, the dark theme will start rolling out “in the coming weeks”. There is, however, no information on when the dark theme will come to the iOS app.