Android 12 Developer Preview 3 brought a whole slew of new design elements hinting that we're in for even more extensive changes in future pre-release versions. But Google is also working on eliminating smaller inconsistencies that should make the latest OS even more pleasant to use. It's introducing properly themed toast messages for dark mode, as first spotted by 9to5Google.
Arlo is one of the leading smart home security companies out there, and its companion app is what you need to make the most of the hardware. While the iOS version of it has had a dark mode for a couple of years now, it's been woefully absent from the Android app. Fortunately, that's changing with the latest update.
Even if you don't use them often, accessibility options are some of the most important settings on your phone. Google has baked in plenty of features to help those with disabilities use Android, but over time, the accessibility menu has become cluttered and hard to navigate. On Android 12 DP2, however, Google has shuffled a few key controls to make it a lot easier to find exactly what you're looking for.
Microsoft has been all about cross-platform compliance as of late, and nowhere is that more crucial than in the Office suite. According to a new leak, some of the Office apps available on the Play Store will soon respect Android's system-wide dark mode setting, and adjust their interfaces accordingly.
Google has been teasing a dark theme for Maps for over a year now, and it even briefly rolled out to a few people, but it was never properly formalized or acknowledged officially. That changed last month when Google finally announced that dark mode is coming, and now, it's starting to roll out more widely.
Google is always working on improving its Android apps and the operating system itself, heavily relying on public a/b tests that appear on some people's phones but not on others. But every once in a while, the company takes the time to announce some features formally, and today is another one of those days. Google is making a whole slew of known tests and a few brand-new changes official.
It's been a while since Google started dunking its apps in a bucket of dark-mode paint, and, as of today, most of them have received that treatment. With support for dark mode almost being the norm now, it's annoying to come across an odd app or some elements that don't follow it just yet. Google's 2FA prompt on Android is guilty of this, but it seems like redemption isn't far.
Dark mode has soothed more eyes than green tea bags. Don't ask me to prove it, but you get the point. It's utterly convenient and at a time when we're glued to screens 24/7, it's more useful than ever. The Google search website, the most visited page in the world, briefly tested dark mode for desktops last year. Now, it seems like the test is being conducted again.
Chrome Remote Desktop may not get much love, but it's a pretty great tool. Whether you're jumping into your computer at home while you're on the go, dipping into the work machine to check something on the weekend, or just helping a friend with some tech support, it's ridiculously quick and easy to use. And it just got a brand new coat of paint to make the experience a little more attractive, complete with a dark theme.
Whether you're using an Android phone or an Assistant-enabled speaker, most of what you do is saved by Google. This is a great way of checking what your speaker understood when it gave you an awkward answer, but also a rather disturbing way of seeing all the apps you've been using on your phone on a given day. Because it's usually more comfortable to check that history on a desktop computer, Google has given its My Activity page a dark mode option, making it easier on the eyes and helping you save battery.