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Google app and Assistant dark theme start rolling out – 9to5Google


With the launch of Android 10 last week, Google teased night-friendly looks for Gmail and Maps. A dark theme for Google Assistant and Search is now beginning to roll out for some users.

We’ve been tracking development on a dark mode for the Google app, which incorporates Assistant, since April. Limited testing began in June and a wider launch might now be underway. There are several reports on Pixel and Samsung devices with both Search and Assistant adopting it simultaneously.

Google Discover adopts a dark theme that is similar to what’s long been at the left of the Pixel Launcher. The background and bottom bar leverage a deeper shade of gray, like other first-party apps.

Another improvement is in Google Search when browsing through web results. Carousels and colors in Knowledge Panels are adjusted accordingly. Search from the Pixel Launcher has had this look for quite a while now and it was always jarring opening bright results.

Lastly, the Assistant dark theme was partially live for beta users earlier this year. It’s much needed as the white panel that slides up is very stark against apps that already adopted night modes. It also extends to the Assistant Updates feed of proactive information where the same gray is leveraged.

There are preferences under Google app Settings > General > Theme. Like other first-party clients, options include Light, Dark, and Set by Battery Saver.

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