Colors. People have opinions about them. Some people really like blue. Some like green. How about white, though? Because that's the new shade that by all accounts will grace the notification bar icons in the next version of Android, version 4.4, aka KitKat. Here they are:

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Love at first sight, or a white-out that you would prefer get out? I personally thought Tron blue always was a bit too nerdy, and Android green a little too bold. But hey, they're just status bar icons, right? Who cares?

Well, when something like the status bar icons get a bleach, it's definitely a little prophetic; very likely, we'll see other parts of Android pick up on that trend, too. White menus? White backgrounds in more apps? We do know that Google Now, and the entire card theme Google's been pushing in many apps, are quite lightly shaded. Android's had a love affair with black and blue since Honeycomb that may be drawing to a close.

So, what say you?

Would a more white-themed Android be to your liking?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • TSON1

    Fine with the status bar, but white backgrounds on apps are where I draw the line. Sometimes it's nice to use my phone in the dark without feeling like I'm being interrogated with a flash light in my face.

    • SuyashSrijan


    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      That's just the glorious light of holo searing itself into your very soul. And retinas.

      • Mkvarner

        That made my day!

      • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

        that comment made my day too, David Ruddock for President , any body

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      I hope #LordDuarte takes notes from You.

    • ProductFRED

      Truth be told, I'm a bit tired of the blue. I actually really like that [supposedly fake] layout that AP reported on a few days ago, where the status bar and its icons match the color scheme of the app that's open. I think Google would be wise to implement some kind of official "Night Mode", similar to how certain apps in iOS 7 (*RAISE YOUR PITCHFORKS*) go dark at night. Android has always been a hell of a lot more functional than iOS. Now they need to focus on aesthetics.

      • godutch

        I was going to suggest a night mode too but I didn't know it was an ios7 feature but my car' s nav/entertainment display has had this feature I think at least since 2005, so it's not an apple/ios invention and we can all lower our pitchforks again

      • SkylaC90

        I agree with you on the night mode, but pertaining to the status bar, I think Google should just implement Paranoid Androids: [Per App Settings] and just be done with it once and for all. it's Google so we know there implementation of it would be awesome...

      • Jon Wayne

        how about they give us the damn choice to switch between colors? F** them!

    • Chris Hutchinson

      To be fair it's was the dark look of Android that first grabbed me and made me ditch my iPhone 3g but the more light coloured apps Google introduces the more I'm liking it.

    • Paul

      plus with oled displays black saves power. it takes no power to display black, unlike lcd's. So the darker your backgrounds and the more black you use could translate to more battery. on my note 2 i tried an all white wallpaper and definitely saw a difference vs all black wallpaper. I've now settled on a cool dark wallpaper with lots of black and dark blue.

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        plus it just burns your eyes out -_- I hate reasing AP on my u2412m because it is so damn bright compared to y desktop (mostly black)

    • gspida

      If only they would get the black on white night mode that ios has. I love that feature.

  • Rovex

    I would like to see stock Android have the option of custom backgrounds and text colours for everything.Stock really needs a facelift, its very dull.

    • Vikramaditya Rai

      So are you, Grumpy Cat!

  • Herman

    I actually love how Google makes everything more card-like, thus adding more white.

    I guess everything used to be black because most phones were using AMOLED displays. Times are changing though, and many phones are using different types of displays now, ones that aren't more power efficient with more blacks.

    White means luxury, in my eyes. If Google wants to make every background white, that's fine by me.

    • anon

      While I haven't compared the numbers, if anything I'd say the percentage of AMOLED using Android devices has been constant, or has seen an increase since the first SGS.

      • Herman

        There used to be AMOLEDs among many phones apart from Samsung's and, if I'm not mistaken (I'd love to know if I am) now it's mostly only Samsung who's using AMOLED displays. And only on their flagship models.

        • ProductFRED

          Galaxy S
          Galaxy S2
          Galaxy S3
          Galaxy S3 Mini
          Galaxy S4
          Galaxy S4 Mini
          Galaxy Note
          Galaxy Note 2
          Galaxy Note 3
          HTC One S
          Motorola Razr M

          I wouldn't say AMOLED has the most "marketshare" of any type of screen, but it's significant given how big the marketshare for Samsung phones is.

          • Simon Belmont

            Don't forget the Galaxy Nexus, and some of the Nexus One and Nexus S handsets (some were LCD). Also, the Moto X, and the new Droid line that was just released.

            LCD is definitely the majority, but you're right. There's a bunch of AMOLED screens out there, too.

          • Herman

            Exactly, Samsung flagships mostly.
            Would you like me to point out which Android phones use LCD displays, starting from when the Galaxy S? It would take a while to write all their names though. :)

      • Nimer55

        Yea, but it's not like they use stock Android anyways. They skin it, so Google should be concerned with people who run stock Android, most of those have LCD screens.

        • Trysta

          But what about Google's own company, Motorola that uses mostly AMOLED screens and stock android?

          Edit: I'm not really against a lighter color but I just wanted to point this out.

          • Nimer55

            "But what about".. Well about that... There's a very good explanation; I'd forgotten about that. lol... That is a bit of a problem... Thank you for pointing it out.

          • Stacey Liu

            That's Motorola's design decision. Ask them.

    • james kendall

      If your like me and you use your phone in a dark room at night it's blindingly bright with all the white. seriously black is where it's at. I would love if at the very least they gave us to option of white or black card based ui. I think it would look just as "classy" if the card ui used black instead of white.

  • cr0wnest

    As much as I prefer colored status bars, I think I can still do with a white one. But I would very much prefer the interface in apps to be black, or dark colored at least. Not only does it conserve more battery, but its also a lot more pleasing to the eye and more classy (imo)

    • zephiK

      Conserving battery with black backgrounds is subjective. If your phone uses a AMOLED screen then yes it conserves battery, but if you're using a flagship device such as a Nexus 4.. it will not save battery because it uses a IPS screen and doesn't save battery from black colors on screen.

    • Sam Tate

      Black only conserves more battery on AMOLED displays, which aren't on ANY Nexus products. It also looks really "power user" and uninviting imo, which makes me hope that Google remove it as much as possible from all the stock apps. The only one I'd want to stay black would be Gallery.

      • cr0wnest

        Thats true.. Well, maybe because i've been using AMOLED phones for years :P The white gives off this iOS vibe which I personally feel that should stay within iOS. I hope Google introduces a built in theme changer which allows users to switch between a light/dark theme like how some of the holo UI apps have. That would easily please anyone.

        • Paul Faraday

          White gives off an iOS vibe?

          Google apps have been heading towards white card based for a while.

          iOS 7 is just a flat, high contrast theme. Personally I hate it and looking to jailbreak my phone to downgrade.

  • jake044

    I couldn't care less as long as everything runs smooth.

  • Samyak Ranjan

    What about the Sense people? or any other UI?
    White or no-white, We'll have a sense theme on top! :P

    • Sam Tate

      Then get a Nexus...
      You'll be lucky to see KitKat this year otherwise...

    • james kendall

      Sense drives me batty my mother has an HTC and trying to figure out where they hid setting blah drives me up the wall at times.

  • Avery Pennewell

    I really hope they do. All there apps are following a common design language with the white themes and I believe the rest of the system should follow suit. I personally find the holo dark style we have now ugly. Many people I know criticize android for how bad it looks and I believe if they keep moving forward with the card UI and white design it'll change many of there minds.

  • nawa

    The white status bar icons are better for me, because they fit every wallpaper, unlike blue ones.

  • Nimer55

    I'm not too concerned with the status bar colour, but would love the see more of the UI go white. I really don't like the settings page; I really don't like reading white text on a black background, it hurts my eyes.

    Though I would wish Google did both, and had a settings flip that made everything Holo dark for people who want it. Especially for people running AMOLED displays, or if you're using it at night, or simply prefer black, I think the option should be there. I understand not giving people too many customizations is a mainstream OS, but 1 switch that lets people pick between light and dark, I think that's a fair compromise.

    • Ambroos

      Not easy to just flip a switch since it'd probably break many apps. Apps use one of the themes as base theme (light apps would use Holo Light or DeviceDefault Light). Then they might add colours or overrides to style their own UI elements to look good with that combination. If you change the base theme without changing the overrides you might end up with black text on forced black backgrounds.

      • Nimer55

        Sorry, I should have been more clear.

        Though I realize I phrased it terribly, I was not trying to imply that they could simply write one line of code, and call it a day. They would have to redesign all their own apps to also have a dark mode. Then have an api for third party apps that notifies them whether the user prefers a dark/light theme for apps/app developers who want to support both dark and light. Also, an app developer could additionally have an option in the settings that says "Theme: Light, Dark, System Default". For users to pick what they prefer for each app, or just have be the system default.

        My "Just flip a switch" was trying to show how easy it would be for users, not Google or app developers.

    • Enes Taşdemir

      Samsung mostly use amoled on their phones and they mostly tweak it anyway.

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    Just testing the whiter look on my phone with PA. I should say they look really good, but not with a black status bar. They look really good(at least to me) when the status bar has similar color to what the top bar in WhatsApp has.

  • Francesco Guerra

    Looks very Samsung TouchWiz-esque with the grey colors. I personally like the Touchwizs design so this doesn't really bother me. I can see this bothering all the Touchwiz haters though.

    • Bjajjull

      I was going to write something very mean until I read your last sentence.

      • Francesco Guerra

        What would cause you write something "very mean" from what I wrote? Comparing it to TouchWiz? Did you get your back up because you like Touchwiz? Just interested in knowing

        • Bjajjull

          I hate TouchWiz. First of all, it makes people think that Android is slow when TW is the problem. It lags, it's ugly, it makes Android more fragmented (not thinking about upgrades now), it's not Holo anywhere. Only good thing is S Pen functions.

          • Alberto Blasi

            Touchwiz is a piece of shit.

          • james kendall

            Why do people hate on Touchwiz? I love it it's functional and gets the job done.

          • Bjajjull

            Read what I just wrote. That's the main reasons. Did I mention that it's slow and lags?

  • BenjaminPratt

    Honestly I'd like them to keep Android darker and save the white style for a potential chrome os mobile theme. but that is mostly because I would love to see a mobile chrome os

  • Alter

    For a long time I preferred dark, simply because it's easier on the eyes. But that got boring, now I'm ready for some change.

  • Jo Garnett

    I personally prefer the current Cyan but I can acknowledge that white is probably a better choice for more people.

  • Kevin Mirsky

    I prefer holo blue, but I'm fine with the white being default as long as holo blue is still an option.

    • BaconEater
    • Rubin

      I like blue too. But every now and then, I crave for a color picker.

      • jlav78

        Me too, I demand Google to let me use mint green, like I can in parts of Nova launcher

  • Omar Al Matar

    Personally I prefer black above any other, Mostly because of it's benefit on AMOLED Screens, You know what would be great? If they add the "night mode" ability globally to most Google apps & the interface! :D

    White? Good, Black? Lights out! Click & It's done ^^

    • Morten Ulveseth

      I always thought the black had to be FFFFFF for it to save power with AMOLED (since the pixels are off. But from this I gather they also use less power showing dark colors?

      Am I right to assume its a bigger difference in power consumption between FFFFFF and FFFFFE than FFFFFE and 000000?

      • TY

        You mean 000000. FFFFFF is white.

      • RajivSK

        TY is right, black is 000000, and if I understand you correctly you're asking if the difference between 000001 and 000000 is greater than the difference between 000001 and FFFFFF. While the difference in power consumption between each step might not be completely linear, as in every step adds exactly one 255th of the total power consumption per subpixel, it will be roughly like that. So no, the difference between 000001 and FFFFFF will be much greater than the difference between 000001 and 000000.

      • Omar Al Matar

        There is a very wide misconception about AMOLED displays, Indeed darker colors produce darker battery savings, But the pixels are NOT OFF.

        If you show pure black in a pitch black dark room on the phone's screen you can notice that the pixels are still slightly lit (the green/red subpixels are slightly illuminated).

        Even activedisplay isn't that battery friendly since the screen is still on, It sure spends less energy but not that much.

  • Muzafar

    All the Google products have been redesigned to white. So it would make sense to change the Android color too.

  • KK

    First of All, I hate the thing that all Google Apps have been redesignet to white. I like the black color, it uses less power, plus it don't hurt your eyes in the dark.

    • AkhilSood

      Thats just samsung displays, OLED. Nexus 4's, HTC's have a different display and doesnt work the same way. Black or white, its the same...I think.

      • Leandros99

        You think right. It only matters on OLED displays, on LCD everything drains the same amount of battery.
        OLED doesn't light the black pixels, LCD does however.

        • Marsg

          LCD lights everything because it has backlighting unlike Oleds which emit their own light, that's why black looks dark grey on LCD displays

      • TY

        Perhaps this is why Google did not select Samsung as Nexus phone OEM these two years. Google like white and AMOLED displaying white is like 3x more batter hungry than LCDs.

        BTW, to be accurate, LCDs actually consume slightly less when displaying whites than when they display blacks.

        • Enes Taşdemir

          Google did not select HTC for three years now, maybe its because of lcd?

      • Enes Taşdemir

        It does actually consume less power when screen is black on lcd screens.

        • Dennis Ulijn

          marginally... I think the white looks more classy and mature.

          • Enes Taşdemir

            I too, think that way but it doesn't change that black is more power friendly than white.

          • Dennis Ulijn

            but that doesn't change that Google wants to create a balanced, good for everybody OS, without taking the disadvantages of Samsung's marketed AMOLED displays. Whatever Google does, Samsung will change every part of Android with TouchWiz, so whatever the color will be, Samsung will change it to their black backgrounds and ugly Statusbar icons...

          • Enes Taşdemir

            I actually talked about it on another comment about them tweaking it anyway but I don't think it's ugly.

        • Stacey Liu

          Nope, at least not on the Nexus 4/Optimus G. Source:

          • Philip Leaper

            This would seem to imply that there is only a power saving in Amoled if the white area of the screen is less than about 15/20%. And any more than that you're actually losing way more. In which case, I'm so glad I don't have an amoled, because I'm pretty sure that my screen is at least 50% white all the time.

        • TY

          It is the other way round... for blacks the screen has to apply voltage to the filters to block the light, thus it consumes more power.

      • Marsg

        Motorola also uses OLED.

      • ari_free

        yeah but Moto X's active display can only work on that kind of screen

        • AkhilSood

          Because of what i stated.

  • Danny Holyoake

    I don't really find status bar fonts attractive, so I wouldn't say I find it hot at all, personally.

  • Lisamith

    I like the white redesigns a lot. I'm waiting for a white stock launcher...

    • Liam Higgins

      Can't imagine how that would work, other that a white app drawer which would be strange

    • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

      Since Google applications gone white for those that want a white launcher/theme the odds of having one has increased.

      As I prefer an more night mode/ease on the eye I prefer and have accustomed to the dark (black) theme so not looking forward to the inevitability of Google following trend to "Complete" the Holo Light (white) experience without an Dark theme (Holo Dark) choice.

  • Ghisy

    I like the current blue/cyan color. If KitKat goes white, I'm gonna have to use a custom ROM from day one! I've never liked white anywhere (OS, clothes, shoes, etc.)

    • Herman

      Would you prefer KitKat to go red instead?

      I wouldn't.

      • Ghisy

        Honestly, red would be nicer.

        • Alberto Blasi

          red on black is unreadable

          • james kendall

            so NOT True. red on black is perfectly readable at night and helps to preserve your night vision. this is why all astronomical type apps have a night mode so your eyes dont have to constantly readjust to the blindly bright white light of a white screen.

  • 9squigz9

    I wouldn't really mind, if they were white, but those status bar icons aren't really white are they, just light grey (there's a difference)? I'd prefer a slightly greater contrast with a brighter white colour. Nitpicky I know but the status bar is nearly always there, and it's important to get right.

  • Francois Guillemette

    I just hope they put something to easily differentiate Connected Wifi VS Non-Connected like they did with the light-blue.

  • jak_341

    Bring back the old style green / white bar Eclair style!!!

  • Elliot Kotis

    Just....just, a new look, sorta over my ICS look, plus it should go with the google card themed apps.

  • adefelice

    Sense on my HTC One already has white icons in the status bar (apart from the battery) and I like the way it looks.

  • spamlucal

    I don't like it too much, reminds me of super mario bros world 6-3:


    So... lifeless

  • Typongtv

    Dark theme/ white theme should be implemented with all apps. Freedom of choice is not just an option.

  • Magneira

    I think its kinda of useless to discus this since we don't know how it will look on the device in our hands, its hard to say from a screenshot... But if you pull your notification bar, the clock and date are with bigger but white and I think that looks good

  • senor_heisenberg

    I like both equally.

  • Joo

    Beter option would be a setting to change statusbar icon colors in any RGB color available.
    Android stands for customization/freedom, so let the user decide which color he want's it

  • Xemion

    my answer is....i don't know :S i have to see it on my phone,not through some screenshots

  • Fred Bloggs

    I'd like white as it will match the ones apps add. Mines 50% white and blue now with things like Skype tunin radio on and SwiftKey

  • raghavendras

    I like it

  • Shing93

    If it is light grey for an active connection and white for a failed connection. I wont be able to tell a difference because I'm color blind. I feel Google is really screwing color blind people over here.

    • spydie

      color blind people can tell the difference between white and grey, those aren't colors, per say, just variations of light and dark.

      • ltredbeard

        Are you colorblind?

        • pfmiller

          Irrelevant. Colorblindness means being unable to distinguish between some or all colors. There is no loss of ability to distinguish between brightness levels.

  • Nasir Uddin

    White status bar icon is nice, but not throughout. Its really gonna be hard on AMOLED screens

  • Garrett

    I'm very happy that Android is ditching that blue and making things a bit brighter. No more cold, robotic, nerdy Android.

    • spydie

      Blue isn't bright? Are you color-blind?

      • Garrett

        It's bright, but white is more neutral and "classy". The blue was too Tron-like. I was more so talking about the rest of Android (hopefully) getting a lighter theme anyway.

  • Thomas Wong

    What about we can choose the color of the accent? Just like in Windows Phone?

    • Herman

      A bit like Sony phones.
      Even on Symbian you could change the looks of anything by changing themes!

      In short (if that wasn't already short enough): I don't understand how smartphones nowadays lack customisability that phones already had years ago.

      • Jadephyre

        Also, Linux in general was always very customizable, at least when I used the Gnome UI. No experience with KDE, but I heard that it's very customizable as well.
        Plus, OEMs skin Android the way they want anyway, so why not include a bit customizability directly.

      • Enes Taşdemir

        They want an uniform factor, just like the iPhone.

  • Anthony Tyson

    Give me cards or give me death!

  • spydie

    white is just like apple grey... blahhhhh. No character

    • Simon Belmont

      I didn't want to say it. But you're right.

      I always thought the cyan looked snappy in Android 4.0 and 4.3. I guess change is in the window, though.

  • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

    If they want to have white notifications - sure as it an rather small thing - it could be blue,red, orange etc but many would want choice and probably without having to root an device so it be great if there was an settings option such as "Notification Bar" (colour choice)

    If they want to do an Google Apps (i.e. Gmail and Google Drive, Search) with an Holo Light (White) theme throughout lacking an Holo Dark (Black) choice - it probably white overkill and also goes away from choice if they were not to provide alternative options (excluding accessibility) and more than likely would have effect negative effect on battery life as white is quite an battery drain. Like again a settings option for "Theme Colour" with Black, White and Transparent as minimum but ideally include a colour palette!

    Battery % is another option that should have options to show or hide!

  • Simon Belmont

    I can understand the move to white with relation to the lighter Holo UI that's been trending. But it kinda of blands it down a bit for me.

    Don't hate me, but I've always loved the snappy look of the cyan status bar (and other places) in Android 4.0 - Android 4.3. I'm actually kind of hoping there's a way to customize it.

  • SubtleBlade

    I don't care, I'm just here to demand Google remove the association with baby-killing N****e from Android 4.4

    • Paul Faraday

      Nestlé kill babies? If you have the proof, have you called the police?

      PS. Android Police aren't the real police.

    • ari_free

      They were about to but then some aliens in a black helicopter showed up...we were THIS close to finding out the truth about who really killed Kennedy

  • awaaas

    How about google add this menu to aosp and manufacturer takes advantage from it?

    This is theme menu from ZTE N986 running stock rom, and It's a standard menu among mediatek based android phone

    • Googler

      This is coming...

  • Paul

    its so bland. black and white days even. it's an old look that's boring. I like blue and loved the holo colors. Changing it to white seems a step in the wrong direction and i could see 3.5 or 4.0 bringing back a little color to the interface.

  • blahmoomoo

    I prefer the look of the current status bar over this one, so I voted no. However, I can see myself learning to get used to it, so it's not the end of the world.

    Customization, like others have been mentioning, would be nice, of course.

  • GraveUypo

    status bar icons -> don't care.
    background -> black is better for usability reasons.

  • Christopher Ching

    I like the current blue more than the previous green or orange. The blue does strike me as more useful particularly for status notifications where contrast is important, such as the battery and signal display, the two notifications that everyone uses. That way there are at least three different contrast colors: the near-black used for outlines, the gray used in the signal icon to denote a lack of data connection, and the blue used to denote full access. With a single color it gets a bit more complicated since different shades of gray (no pun intended) are more difficult to distinguish, particularly at a glance, than colors.

  • qllx

    I suggest the KitKat way - red

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    I prefer white, but is not something that I care about too much. I think Google is taking the right path by moving Android into light colors, I hope in this update they eliminate the last reminiscences of Tron-like design.

  • Jadephyre

    I voted yes, but then again I will probably theme the heck out of it once CM gets their hands on it :P

  • alexguitar

    The blue theme never really bothered me at all... I still think it looks way better that the green/orange gingerbread days...

    • Gnex

      Or the Samsung days haha

      • alexguitar


  • Miah

    If...Colour selection is an option.

  • Victor

    If we can customize it, then I'm okay with it. If we cannot customize it, then I am NOT okay with it. I like Android's Tron feel.

  • Rob Johnson

    "Colors. People have opinions about them."

    My opinion is that the word "Colours" should be spelt correctly. ;)

    • Tim242

      Is that pronounced cu-lures, or cul-hours?

      • Rob Johnson


  • Enes Taşdemir

    I hated the holo and the "holoyolo" people anyway.

  • Robbie Ward

    I'm more fond of the blue. I like the color and the white just makes me think of iOS (as some others have mentioned)

    That being said, I'm fine with the white coming, even as default, so long #HOLOYOLO blue is still an option somewhere.

  • Michael Fontenot

    I really like the blue. I like it so much I've got my soft keys themed blue.

  • Someone on the internet

    I don't mind white as long as it isn't the background to the settings so on and is limited to the notification icons otherwise I hate holo light since it is both blinding and ugly.

    • Jadephyre

      How ugly and blinding the color white is can be seen in iOS7 at the moment.
      I had a chance to try it in the Apple-section of my favorite electronics-store, and it is just hideous.
      It is also very straining on the eyes, at least for mine as they are rather sensitive to bright lights.

  • ari_free

    There are opinions but you have to think what works best with an AMOLED screen.

  • atlouiedog

    Often when I see something theme related in a screenshot that I dislike or feel like isn't quite right I completely change my mind when it's actually on my phone. I'm going to wait on this one. I'm going to get CM 11 or whatever ROM hits with 4.4 first ASAP regardless.

  • Tim242

    Upgrade and keep unlimited on Verizon's website. AP is missing a huge story today. Almost 1,100 comments on the Droid Life article.

    • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

      There is a contact link at the bottom of the page which exists specifically to point the team at Android Police to tips and stories. Commenting on an article with something completely unrelated is pointless and incredibly rude.

  • Cory Crew

    I feel like they finally made certain in system colors customizable ...I'm fine if it's just white, but something tells me that's just the default.

  • Paul

    I always thought Sony's theming was the best one (regardless of how phones are or the company's update support is). Sony's icons have a premium touch. Silverish, not white nor grey. And they have "depth".
    That being said.. oh yes, i would prefer white/grey over blue. It's more "neutral".

  • nick

    i kind of like it, although red would make more sense being kit-kat and ive used red for a while and i like it. i think there should be a color option without having to root and that would negate this whole convo or upsetting anyone :)

  • Android Developer

    Isn't it too early to judge what they did on the new version?
    I really liked the Holo style, but I hope they won't go too far with the flat style of IOS or black&white.

  • FadyMahfouz

    These white/grey combo icons would be less distracting to the eye which is very important.

  • david coffey

    I'm cool with it. Mother Fuckers.

  • Christopher Robert

    Why not just let me pick the colors? Think they need to let the user decide in setting.

  • Kompre

    But the actual color set blue/gray does serve a function? Does not blue means you're sync and gray you're not?

  • AnotherHiggins

    Maybe I've been running custom ROMs too long, but I thought that a black status bar with white text/icons already was - and has been - the default in vanilla Android.

    • Someone on the internet

      The issue is with the trend of google's update to their apps to have a white background and make it brighter and whiter which causes problems for a lot of people when using their phone not the notification icons.

  • Brady KEITH

    Add: hide status bar clock...broke in 4.2.2

  • HopelesslyFaithful

    the contrast is way too low and too hard to read.

  • james kendall

    why do people hate holo black so much? I love the dark theme and was annoyed when google play music went holo light.

  • NemaCystX

    What if white is the default KitKat option and they are going to let us choose like the original rumor stated? I want android green back

  • Vikramaditya Rai

    I had the Xperia Arc before I went in for the Nexus 4. The green battery icon seemed quite dull (still does on the galaxy series). Blue was definitely to my liking.
    Sad to see it go.

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  • Theuntje

    I think the next android version will include flat-design like everything has to be flat-design nowa days..

    • godutch

      Android has been nearly flat since holo was introduced back in the honeycomb days

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  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    I hope they make it so that Apps can define the accent color and that the status bar changes with the app. The white/black might just be the default.

  • Blowntoaster

    white = more power consumption...
    plus, the current shade of blue is cooler.
    or the app must define it's own accent/shade of color

    • Phillip Huynh

      Unless you are using a CRT screen of some sorts, it isn't going to matter, since LCDs use a backlight, power consumption will generally be the same no matter what color is displayed. Black only saves power on AMOLED displays, IIRC.

    • Greeg

      White takes more power only on AMOLEDs, on LCD/TFT screens, the backlight is always on, and the power draw for a white or blue pixel is negligible.

  • agl82

    Does it really matter, since carrier skins will use their own colors anyway?

  • Adam Truelove

    How will be differentiate between being connected to an access point and actually having an IP? Right now they do that by showing the wifi/data icon as grey or blue.

  • Paweł Gładysz

    Short complaint.

    Even though It's the very first time I want to vote in this poll I keep recieving "You Had Already Voted" info...

  • gbyers72

    There just removing the rest of the Honeycomb Tron Theme.

  • hp420

    I'm using a CM theme that's got white icons, and have been for about the last 6 months, so I'd welcome a white theme!! I think it looks nice and professional!

    • Felix Klein

      What's the name of the theme? I've been looking for one for a long time... :)

      • hp420

        It's called 'dream'. I can't remember where I got it, but I looked in the play store and I did not find it there. It may have just been in an XDA thread or something similar. Since it's not in the play store, I will assume it's a free app and ok to post a link to the apk here ;)

        • Felix Klein

          Thank you so much!!! :)

          • hp420

            any time :)

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    Anybody is wondering what is that bluetooth Google Authenticator app is all about?

  • Hal Motley

    I like blue, it works for me. Red would be a good alternative as well.

  • abobobilly

    I for one think they need more, better animations. Fix some of the "wrong" ones (orientation change for example). Add more butter .... perhaps.

    Anyway, whatever they do would be cool so lets just leave it at that. However, i'd really like them to introduce "changing the colors" option to users. THAT would be just lovely.

  • Matthew Fry

    Give us all the options and let us choose.. Holo white, Holo grey, Holo black, Holo green, Holo orange, Holo yolo

  • johnmiroki

    Ain't the current blue have an actually functionality besides aesthetic function that is to indicate the phone is connected to Google Service server?

  • Seth Williams

    White seems fine. However, a shade of grey would tone down things a bit. You wouldn't want too much brightness from your screen especially when using it in the dark.

  • Joe Menard

    Im sure there will be custom roms available that will let us tweak the settings for those who are not fans (if 4.4 doesn't have the option baked in)

  • Nigel Jones

    Dark theme please. For oled

  • Xiang Ji

    On the first sight of my KitKat update I was just like WTH. It's far worse than expected. So bland and flavorless.

  • AC2013

    Yippee!! Back to Android 2.1 white status.. just like my HTC HERO.
    Turn the battery color back to green/red.