Following last week's encouragement of apps to adopt dark themes to preserve battery life, Google Contacts is the latest Android client to win one. In recent weeks, the company has been updating its communication applications, with the dark look of Google Phone already announced and in development.
Google Contacts 3.2 will be released tonight with an accessible switch in the navigation drawer. A forced close after upgrade may be necessary before "Turn dark theme on" appears just above Settings.
Remarkably, on a Pixel device running Android 9 Pie, the app is aware that the "dark theme in device settings is turned on". This is not referring to the "device theme" in the Pixel Launcher display settings, but rather the Developer option for "Setting Night Mode" for Automatic, Always Off, or Always On. If the latter is enabled, users will not be able to disable the theme in Google Contacts, automatically being applied to the posting.
In Posts, Google refers to the visual as a "dark mode," with the Google Phone version notes also referring to it in a similar way. Despite the inconsistency, it's the same dark gray tint for the background, rather than a black AMOLED.
Google's messages and contacts are thematically-and functionally-similar, with the same blue tone adopted for UI elements as the FAB and as a colorful accent. This theme is applied anywhere in the main contact list, on the Create Contact screen, in Settings, and in the search.
A dark mode for Google Phone comes with our APK Insight, noting that the darker appearance can be synchronized between the dialer and the Contacts application.
Google Contacts 3.2 is now being released from the Play Store. Be sure to check out our full summary of all the dark modes in Google apps on Android and the web.
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