Dark mode is growing in popularity as a design trend in the last few years and with good reason – reduces eye strain when using computers for long periods (Editor’s note: Looks and slippery AF). With large platforms like macOS, Windows and Android offering darker shades, it became clear that Chrome OS needed to catch up. The dark mode is still under development, although work on it dates back almost a year, and seems unfinished – even today. But Google hasn’t thrown in the towel here and is now adding another much-needed feature to make the dark mode even better.
We’re tracking Google’s ongoing efforts to improve the customization of Chrome OS through its system preferences (such as custom virtual desk settings, but this has unfortunately been preserved). The current commitment adds a switch under Personalization to turn on the dark mode and is combined with a way to plan it based on time ̵
The planned dark mode for Chrome OS is under development.
The fix message above describes how Google will associate dark mode in Chrome OS settings. While most of the jargon is for developers, there are a few remarkable things to do here. On the third point, the developer talks about adding a subpage in dark mode under Customization, which means you will be able to adjust the way Chrome OS applies it. The last two points describe what you can customize if the code merges and things get exciting here. Google plans to add a scheduled dark mode, complemented by the ability to keep Chrome windows bright while using a dark system user interface. It is not clear whether you can change the dark mode to activate it based on sunset and sunrise, such as in Android.
It is time! Many people like me love the dark mode of our devices – whether on a smartphone, laptop or desktop computer. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, dark shades help to relieve eye strain at night, especially with prolonged use of the device. On a busy day, I would prefer all of this to be automatic, based on time, rather than going into settings and turning it on manually.
Although the automatic dark theme and the ability to customize the way it is applied are a success for many, I am cautiously optimistic about it. The commit is currently marked as “Active”, so Google may decide to remove it at any time, such as in custom virtual desks. Here we hope not – and Google, let’s not forget about the dazzling white launch animation!