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Dark Mode on Google Search Hasn’t Been Released, But You Can Still Try It

The sample of the dark mode in Google web search, available only on Chrome right now, (Image: IANS)

The sample of the dark mode in Google web search, available only on Chrome right now, (Image: IANS)

It is still at a rudimentary stage right now, which suggests that dark mode on Google Search is not going to launch as a graphic feature, just yet.

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  • Last Updated: May 27, 2020, 6:06 AM IST

Dark mode is taking over the entire world. The introduction of the dark theme on WhatsApp was a much celebrated addition, while dark mode enhancements to Facebook, Twitter, the entire Android menus and the likes have all been noticed, scrutinised and largely appreciated. However, despite so many system level changes to add a dark theme to almost all apps, Google has conspicuously stayed away from adding a dark theme to Google Search. Now, courtesy of a neat little trick from 9to5Google, you can get a glimpse of how life with the darker side of the search engine can look like.

To get a glimpse of how dark mode works on Google Search, start by raising a query on Google from within Chrome for Android. Once you’ve searched for your desired query, tap on the URL bar, and edit the URL by going to the end of the address and adding: &cs=1. Once you hit enter, the page you searched for will simply reload in all the glory of a wonderful looking dark-themed search page. Unfortunately, the feature is available only on Google Chrome browser on Android, and users of other browsers cannot view the Search dark mode at all.

However, the implementation of the dark mode on Google Search appears half-hearted at best, at least for now. By adding the Chrome framework via the URL, as well as the flag (in Chrome’s developer cycle apps) to turn entire pages into dark themes, Google has offered scope for the feature to be added some time in future. Alternatively, for developers working on their apps and customisations, the framework will allow them to test their products, and see how well the dark theme applies in non-native dark theme pages.

As of now, however, there appear to be some lack of conviction. While Google has added the framework, in our tryst with the system, the profile image that appears at the corner turned into inverted colour. This appears to be a bug since the rest of the colours of the page are in line with how they should be. Still, the contrast between different shades is so high that it does not look like a finished product, at least for now. Given the present situation, it is not yet clear as to when we may expect dark mode as a feature on Google Search, if at all.




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WhatsApp Dark Mode for Web: How to Get Dark Theme on WhatsApp Browser Interface

WhatsApp Dark Mode for Web: How to Get Dark Theme on WhatsApp Browser Interface

WhatsApp Web dark mode is not an officially integrated feature, but you can get it easily without disrupting other pages or installing browser plugins.

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  • Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 9:18 AM IST
  • Edited by: Shouvik Das

WhatsApp dark mode can now be implemented in the WhatsApp Web browser client as well, without disrupting other browser pages or installing any plugin on to your browser. The dark mode implementation gives users the darkened theme without taking anything away from the performance of other open tabs on your browser, and it is only a simple little trick that gets the job done.

To get dark mode on WhatsApp Web, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Once the WhatsApp Web client is open, right click on the empty area outside of the chats, and click on the ‘inspect page’ tab. If you cannot see an empty area around your WhatsApp browser client, use Ctrl + ‘-‘ (minus) to zoom out.
  2. Once you click on ‘inspect’, a splitscreen view will open up to show you the coding elements of the WhatsApp Web page. On this section, towards the very top of the chart, find the line that reads body class=“web”.
  3. Double-click on this line to switch on the cursor, and change ‘web’ to ‘web dark’. Now, the line of code here should look like body class=“web dark”.

While the background of the chat windows are set to a super dark shade of olive green, the chat tabs are set to a slightly lighter shade. Received messages show up on a grey text snippet, while sent messages are encased in lighter green bubbles. Despite not being officially baked into the WhatsApp Web client’s settings, the overall dark theme looks quite appealing and professionally put together.

WhatsApp Dark Mode on Android and iOS phones were rolled out with much hype and fanfare. Through 2019, it made for the most wanted WhatsApp feature among its 2 billion-odd active users, and going forward, WhatsApp’s implementation of a system-tied dark theme has been received quite well among its audience.

 




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Facebook Dark Mode Rolls Out For Web Users: Read More Here

Image for Representation.

Image for Representation.

The new dark mode is expected to help users enjoy Facebook by lowering brightness along with contrast and vibrancy while reducing strain in the eyes.

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  • Last Updated: May 11, 2020, 12:54 PM IST

Facebook has finally rolled out the much-awaited dark mode for PC users. The redesigned feature, according to Facebook, will be simpler and easier to use and will now load faster, giving users experience pretty similar to the mobile app. Interestingly, the feature, which was limited to a select few in the past, will now be available for users around the world. In a statement, Facebook said, “The new Facebook.com is simpler and easier to use, with the features you know and love. We’ll keep improving the experience.” The Dark Mode feature is also expected to help “billions” of users enjoy the app in lower brightness,

“We’ve grown since Facebook.com launched 16 years ago. We’ve built new features, optimized for new devices and operating systems, and expanded to hundreds of languages. Recently we’d focused on the mobile Facebook experience, and realized our desktop site had fallen behind. People need it to keep up,” said Facebook while rolling out the new design.

How to Enable Dark Mode and What Has Changed

To enable the latest dark mode feature on Facebook, users will have to go to “Settings” and then click on “Switch to new Facebook”. The dark mode can be enabled after that by tapping the same arrow. According to Facebook, the dark mode toggle is expected to help “billions” of users enjoy the website by lowering brightness along with contrast and vibrancy, therefore, reducing strain on the eyes in dimly-lit conditions. The interface is also cleaner with bigger texts as well. “It minimises screen glare for use in low light, wherever you are. The new immersive layout along with Dark Mode will also make viewing videos on Watch a great experience,” the statement read.

Furthermore, the simplified design, through its streamlined navigation approach, will make it easier for a user to not make an easy discovery of games but also create Groups, Pages, Events, as well as advertisements on Facebook.




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Popular Weather App Dark Sky is Now Owned by Apple, And That is Bad News For Android Users

Apple has acquired popular weather app Dark Sky. This is one of the most popular weather apps among smartphone users and its list of features includes radar maps as well as hyperlocal weather forecasting. Till now, the app has been available for iPhones, iPads, Android devices as well as the Google Wear OS smartwatch platform. However, from July 1, the app for Android and Wear OS will shut down, and those who subscribed will receive a refund.

The developers insist that there will be no changes to the Dark Sky app for iOS for the time being and it will continue to be available on the Apple App Store. “Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy,” says the Dark Sky team, in an official statement. They believe that the privacy focus and the fact that they will be able to reach more users while under the Apple umbrella is why they are excited about this opportunity. The Dark Sky app, apart from radar maps and hyperlocal weather forecasting, also offered animated forecast maps, minute-by-minute predictions, an app for the Apple Watch as well as a time machine feature that allowed you to understand the weather changes at a location in the past and predictions for the future.

There is absolutely no doubt that Apple will use Dark Sky’s expertise to bolster its own Weather app for iOS, iPadOS and macOS. They have used Yahoo and Weather Channel data over the years but could shift to the Dark Sky data for the app in the times to come. At this time, the Dark Weather app is available for download on the App Store for $3.99 for iOS devices. Android users who may now need an alternate app could consider The Weather Channel app, the AccuWeather app or the Skymet Weather app, all of which are among the better options available on the Google Play Store.

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WhatsApp Users, Dark Mode is Finally Rolling Out With Beta For Android: Here is How to Use it

If your Android phone runs Android Q, WhatsApp Dark Mode will be enabled if you have the Dark Mode enabled systemwide—this is the System Default setting.

WhatsApp Users, Dark Mode is Finally Rolling Out With Beta For Android: Here is How to Use it
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Oh dear! It has been a tiring journey. The patient wait for the WhatsApp Dark Mode finally seems to be bearing fruit. The latest WhatsApp for Android beta version is now getting the goodness of the Dark Mode. If you are already testing WhatsApp beta versions on your Android phone, you must now update to version 2.20.13 Android beta to get this new feature.

The good folks over at WABetaInfo report that while the previous beta builds could also get this feature, it would be best if you update to the newest WhatsApp for Android beta to get the Dark Mode. To get to the Dark Mode settings, you need to go to WhatsApp Settings -> Chats and here, you will see the Display settings that include Theme and Wallpaper. Select Theme to choose between Light, Dark and Battery Saver. At the same time, if your Android phone runs the latest Android Q, the WhatsApp Dark Mode feature will be enabled if you have the Dark Mode enabled systemwide on the phone—this is the System Default setting. If you choose the Battery Saver option, Android phones running Android 9 and lower versions of the operating system, will automatically switch between the light and dark themes, as per the Battery Saver settings for Android on your phone.

It appears that when the Dark Mode is enabled, the chat windows adopt a dark background with the chat bubbles having a dark green colour.

As always, this spot of good news comes with a disclaimer. We do not know when the Dark Mode will roll out for all WhatsApp users on Android. This is the first time a wider rollout is happening on the beta versions, and it could require some more testing to ensure all bugs are fixed and that the Dark Mode works seamlessly across all Android phones.

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