We may’ve just said Google is for certain bringing an official dark mode to Android in a future release, but it looks like that was fake news. The cause? A miscommunication between the public and Google.
According to a statement given to Android Police, Google isn’t adding a full-on dark mode to Android, but rather a toggle in developer settings to activate “-night UI mode qualifier.” The company claims the reason we all thought they were adding a dark mode was due to a miscommunication between us and the team that handles AOSP tasks and issues.
The full statement can be found below.
Hi folks, you may remember me from the last three releases where it looked like Dark Mode was being added. Unfortunately, this bug was closed prematurely due to a miscommunication with the team that handles AOSP issues.
What we *have* added in a future Android release is a developer-facing setting (via Developer Options) to toggle the -night UI mode qualifier, which will make it easier for developers to create and test apps that implement night mode. This qualifier has been in the platform since Froyo (SDK 8) and globally modifiable via UiModeManager since Marshmallow (SDK 23); however, there was never an explicit toggle made available anywhere in Settings.
If it’s any consolation, we will also not be adding Hot Dog Mode (where all UI elements are yellow and red).
So in the end, it looks like we’ll have to wait even longer for an official dark mode in Android. Sigh.