We are entering a new dark era. Developers fall for themselves to develop dark versions of their apps in preparation for the upcoming release of Android Q and iOS 13, with their system-wide dark modes.
This not only applies to the interface of your phone – apps are also switched to dark mode when you activate the option. In Android Q, all apps without a special version with dark version ' are forced ' When dark mode is activated, the interface colors are automatically adjusted and the designer's carefully designed user experience may be affected.
Currently, Android has an interface only dark mode, which can be activated manually or can be activated automatically based on the color of the background chosen by the user. It may seem like a purely aesthetic choice, but there are also practical reasons for reducing brightness.
One of the largest of these is energy-saving. Google's own research has shown that dark interfaces are much less of a burden on system resources and enable users to spend longer between costs.
It has also been suggested that bright lights from screens (especially telephones, which we often use in bed) can prevent us from getting a good night's sleep. Although blue light is often cited as a specific concern, some professionals, including John O ' Hagan from the radiation, chemical and environmental risk center in England, say that light can disrupt circadian rhythms at all wavelengths, so Limiting exposure to light in general can help regulate your natural sleep cycle.
Finally, the dark mode just looks cool. White interfaces have been the standard for so long, it is refreshing to have another option.
With all this in mind, why is light mode still the standard – and can it change when Android R and iOS 13 spin?
Turn off the lights
Standard darkening would be a huge change for both companies. The clear, white look has been an essential part of Google's design language from the very beginning, with its origins as a blank page with a logo and central search bar.
Since then, colored elements have been added (as explained in the Material Design principles), but the sleek, white design has always been central to his identity.
Apple has long associated itself with clean, white lines – starting with the Snow White design language in 1982. However, it has become much more adventurous with colors in recent years – and its fans seem to approve of it. The announcement of dark mode for macOS Mojave last year was greeted with much vulture and cheers (even more than usual for an Apple launch event), so it's easier to imagine Apple taking the leap and dark as standard would make.
Things can also change on Android. Even if Google with white for stock Android stays on its own Pixel phones, Samsung and Huawei may prefer the benefits of the dark side. After all, why would they not want to extend the battery life – and offer the experience users crave?
The future is dark.
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