The dark topic of Gmail for Android started spreading earlier this month. Google today makes its appearance official and provides a timeline for availability while porting it to iOS.
Update 10/21 : Officially announced by Google on September 24th, Gmail's dark mode is widespread on Android 10 devices tonight. Several phones we checked today received it automatically, while the forced shutdown from the App Info page gave a glimpse of a handful of devices that did not see it immediately.
The nocturnal look follows the advent of Android 10 at the very beginning of the month and iOS 13 last week, as well as iPadOS 1
New messages contain white text for the sender, subject, and time in this view, while the message body rendering is gray. This lower color is used for all emails you read. Overall avatars, labels, and other colors are appropriately tuned to make them less vivid and more muted, although profile images are not affected.
The dark Gmail theme also extends to the composing and messaging screen. While the body of the email reuses white text, darker signatures can be harder to see. The Android home screen widget also receives the same treatment.
On Android 10, the darker look complies with the system's "Dark Theme" setting and will also be activated when the Saver battery is on. There is a manual menu in Settings> Theme. For iOS, it's available until iOS 11 through Settings> Dark Theme again. In iOS 13, Gmail will also follow the new dark mode.
The dark topic of Gmail for Android and iOS is starting to spread today as a server-side update that is not necessarily version specific and may take 15 days to complete.
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