Google says use dark mode to save battery on Android phones

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As white uses all the display's various components to shine, it uses the most power.

Google demonstrated how dark mode minimizes battery drain from the screen. The primary aim of the app is to help users to free up space on their phones, and today Google announces that it not only has a new name, but also a new look.

Google's new contract for Android vendors that want its core apps aims to bring the industry in line with Samsung's security patching model. Google showed research that showed that there was a linear relationship between the brightness of the display and the power consumption. Of course it is the increased brightness resulting from these bright colours that causes the drop in battery life. OLED, on the original Pixel, does consume less power on dark mode compared to the iPhone 7, which has an LCD.

AMOLED displays do not require the use of a backlight, unlike LCD panels.

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Google went on to acknowledge the prevalence of white in its apps and the way it pushes devs to use it, but there could be a method to its madness.

Moving on, your Google Maps also has a dark theme. Like Huawei, for instance, was already dark, but it has now added a truly black theme for devices with an OLED display, like the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro. "We've noticed that people across the globe are using it, no matter what type of mobile phone they have or how fast their internet connection is". Twitter with a dark theme is less blinding than a day theme that's mostly white, especially when you're looking at it in the dark or in places that aren't bright (like bars, restaurants, etc.).

Perhaps we'll see more apps getting the dark mode option in the near future. The API will give developers a couple options when it comes to updates. Google routinely bans sketchy apps from its store, but they remain available via sideloading, and their makers don't stop advertising the product just because it's unavailable from the approved channels. It's been encouraging developers to adopt the new Material Design guidelines, which provide more freedom than the old version.

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