Google Maps: Dark Mode has arrived for the Android application

Google Maps

Dark mode or dark mode is one of the current trends in design and implementation for applications and services available on our smartphones, tablets and computers. Gradually more popular since 2019, it now arrives on Google Maps.

The implementation is being distributed globally to both platforms, Android and iOS through the Google Play Store and App Store, respectively. As has always been the case, it is a gradual and phased distribution of news.

The dark mode or dark mode already coming to Google Maps

Google Maps
Credit: 9to5Google

Used daily by millions of users worldwide, Google Maps is the most popular service today, present on Android mobile devices, iOS, in addition to the Web platform. It is useful, free and full of features to help us get where we want , whether by car, on foot or by bicycle and public transport.

With the new implementation to be distributed to Google Maps, all aspects of the app for Android (and in the future iOS), are in shades of black, which can be a forced dark mode, or adjusting to the settings and theme chosen by the smartphone. .

The dark color scheme applies to all Google Photos menus and windows, as well as various graphic elements such as buttons. In fact, even the sea and representations of bodies of water start to dress in black with the version 10.61.2 for Android.

Google Maps
Credit: 9to5Google

We emphasize that the update is being done in a gradual and phased manner, and may be already active for some users and not for others. We recommend everyone to check if the app is up to date – through the Google Play Store. If you already have the latest version, we recommend closing the application, reopening Google Maps and checking the availability of the dark mode.

Color scheme now available on Google Maps for Android

We have three presentation options:

  • Always on Clear Theme
  • Always on Dark Theme
  • The same as the device

From here, the user can choose the theme that suits him best. Note that the dark theme causes less eye fatigue and, on devices that use AMOLED screens, consumes less energy, thus increasing battery life.

According to the 9to5Google publication, the application will present a new color scheme selection card when opened after the update, to choose the theme. However, this choice will also be available in the application's settings.

This same implementation will also reach users of Google Maps on iOS, starting in early spring. It is one of the great news recently announced by the North American technology, being already in distribution.

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