Over the month many first-party apps have been updated with the Dark Mode, including Google Calendar and Keep last month. Now, Google Photos is receiving the Dark Mode, with users on non-Android Q devices starting to see the dark theme.
Google Photos first received the dark theme with the system-level Android Q feature. Several Samsung and OnePlus users (Reddit) on Android 9 Pie are already receiving the new look.
Google seems to be updating the dark mode beyond Q devices to all users. On Android Pie, many users are reporting that it respects the Developer option in setting, with no toggle in Photos to manually Enable/Disable. This is similar to Google Drive where the dark theme is currently available with Android Q.
Like other Google apps, this particular look adopts a dark gray background rather than opting for full black. Both the search field (with merged status bar) and bottom navigation are slightly lighter than the main gallery background.
When using the theme in Google Photos, as you scroll down, images tend to pop and stand out. The actual look is applied throughout Google Photos, including the navigation drawer, settings, and share sheet. Google Lens appears to be the only exception.
The Google Photos dark theme is rolling out as a server-side update with the latest version of the app. While several users have the new look, it’s not yet widely available as of this evening.
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