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Gboard is about to get a new look on Android

Google has been working on a Gboard redesign for more than two months now, and it looks like the company is finally starting to roll it out to the first few beta testers currently using version 9.8.07 of the app. The new look trades the Roboto font for Product Sans and fits the latest revisions to Google's Material Theme much better.

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Chrome OS is getting a major UI revamp with a new light theme (and soon, a dark theme)

A few days ago, I covered the new wallpaper collections that Google published on the Chrome OS Canary channel. I bring this up because while I was writing that article, I noticed that some of the wallpapers in the Elements collection have light and dark variants. I'll admit — I was unsure if this suggested we were getting a dark theme soon, but I knew it was coming thanks to several code changes discovered by Chrome Story. I did not expect Google also to be working on a light theme.

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Dark mode is beginning to roll out to many Duolingo users

Android 10 brought support for application theming last year, allowing developers to customize the in-app experience with light and dark looks. The feature wasn't adopted by many third-party apps at the start — even Google is still tweaking the dark theme experience on its own Phone app. But as time passes, more developers climb aboard. Now the latest to joining the dark mode train is language-teaching app Duolingo.

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Google Phone tweaks light and dark mode settings

Google has made a small adjustment to how its Phone app handles light and dark theme settings. Previously, Phone had its own binary toggle for light and dark theme, which was separately (and non-intuitively) overridden by the system setting. To make things a little bit easier, the binary on/off toggle has been replaced by three separate options: light theme, dark theme, and a system default setting.

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Dark mode for Google Maps is almost ready for prime time

Google has been teasing and working on a dark theme for Maps for well over a year, but it's yet to come to full fruition. It looks like that's about to change, as app sleuth Alessandro Paluzzi and 9to5Google have found evidence that Google might be close to release dark mode to the public.

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Google Home app v2.27 finally gets a dark mode, camera feed, expanded Android 11 power menu controls (APK download)

It's been more than a year since Google's various apps started getting a dark theme to fit with Android 10's system-wide mode picker. Some were prompt to adopt it (Contacts, Messages, Phone, Photos), others took a bit more time (Gmail, Search), and a few were very slow to jump on the bandwagon (Drive, Translate, Chat). Slower than all of these combined are Maps and Home, and today, the latter finally made the leap to the dark side.

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Google Chat gets a dark theme to spare your eyes from searing DMs


Nest smart displays pick up more light theme elements

Usually, we're stuck waiting for dark themes to land, but today's news is the opposite: A more uniform light theme has rolled out to Nest smart displays. Seemingly delivered via a software update (v., according to 9to5Google), more UI elements now match the otherwise bright white light theme on both smart displays.

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Dropbox fully rolling out mobile dark theme, password manager, spins off document scanner into iOS app

Dropbox is shaking up the dog days of this summer of working from home with the deployment of a few features that have been in beta for what feels like forever. Plus, it's also spinning off its documenting scanning feature into an app and introducing a file transfer service with separate quotas to users' cloud storage.

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Gboard adds support for automatic dark theme switching in latest beta

Google introduced system level dark theme last year with the Android 10 release, but not all app developers have gotten on board — not even Google's own default keyboard app. Signs of a change came in an app teardown last week. Now, the latest beta update shows us that Gboard is testing new keyboard theme options that support automatic light/dark mode switching based on the current system theme.

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