Facebook is developing a dark mode version of its Android app.
This is according to researcher Jane Manchun Wong (via Android Police), who dug into the app’s code and discovered some parts of the app have been reworked to have a dark background.
Facebook is working on Dark Mode for mobile
I wrote a blog about this: https://t.co/X5tAZuIlPz
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) August 12, 2019
As you can see in the screenshot, Facebook’s dark mode isn’t ready quite yet, with only parts of the app showing white text on a dark background. This means it could be a while before a final version starts rolling out to the public, but at least we know it’s on the way. Until then, try not to use the Facebook mobile app while in bed with the lights out.
This year has seen a dark mode option arrive in several apps and platforms, including Android Auto, Outlook web, iOS 13, and Chrome 74. Even Facebook’s own Messenger service got one, so it’s not too much of a surprise to see it being tested in the main app.
Google also confirmed that dark mode wasn’t just good for your eyes it’s also good for the battery life of smartphones with OLED screens.