About a month ago, the Google app started showing early signs of a dark mode implementation, but users who had the design only saw it interspersed throughout the interface in some sort of chimera mode that mixed white elements, dark ones, and illegible text in many instances. Now, the proper dark mode is showing up for some users, with the entire interface dipped into darkness, from the entire Google app to Assistant and all of its settings.
The change is rolling out server-side, but it seems to be reliant on having the latest Google app beta, v10.4.3 (APK Mirror) installed. However, even if you get that version, you may not have the dark mode switch, so it's a lottery and all you can do is hope you're on the winning side.
The first thing you'll see is a notice when opening the Google app that tells you the dark theme is enabled and you can turn it off in settings. You'll find that (again, only if you have it) under More -> Settings -> General -> Dark theme. Available options include choosing it to always be enabled or disabled, or having it follow the system setting.
With it enabled, you'll notice that the entire Google app switches to dark grey, including the bottom tab, all your searches, the in-app Discover feed (Discover already supported dark mode in the launcher, when you swiped right on the homescreen, but that didn't carry through into the Google app until now), your collections, recent searches, and all settings.
Also darkened is everything related to Assistant, from the pop-up to the daily dashboard, the Explore section for discovering new things you can do, and all Assistant settings. You can feast your eyes on all the screenshots below to see that almost no stone has been left unturned in the interface and it seems quite ready for a wide rollout.
To try this out for yourself, you need to make sure you're on the Google app beta 10.4.3 (APK Mirror) and then cross your fingers and hope to be part of the lucky few who are approved for the server-side change. I tried cleaning app data and cache, force closing, rebooting, but nothing worked for me.
Dark mode in the Google app and Assistant was reverted right after it popped up last time. Now, it's rolling out again in the Google app, both stable and beta. Thanks, Vratislav, Carles, and Armando!
- Nick Cipriani,
- Riley Sporle