Rollout begins of dark mode and Material Design within Android Messages

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A closeup image of the Android Messages icon on a Google Pixel 2 XL.

  • Users on Reddit confirm that a slow rollout update to Android Messages is happening.
  • The update brings with it the long-awaited Android Messages dark mode as well as a Material Design refresh.
  • Look for version 3.5.048 of Android Messages, which will hopefully come soon to all.

Android enthusiasts really love dark themes, which is why it’s so strange that Google doesn’t a) offer dark themes in all of its apps and b) doesn’t offer a system-wide dark theme in Android.

It may not be everything we want, but at least one Google app is getting the ability to go dark: Android Messages. The new version of the texting app — 3.5.048 — is slowly rolling out now to users.

Redditors were the first to pick up on the rollout with some even posting screenshots. Check them out below:





The first thing you’ll notice that’s different (besides the dark theming, of course) is that the text messages which the user is sending are all blue, regardless of the theme choice. This is different from how it is currently with each conversation adpoting an entirely different color scheme.

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This is probably great for some people, but I kind of liked the idea of each conversation being a different color. Oh well.

You’ll also notice all the usual Material Design elements are there now, which was inevitable.

When will you get this update? I have a Google Pixel 2 XL running Android 9.0 Pie and the update hasn’t arrived for me yet. I can only assume that this a typical Google slow rollout, and it will be a while before everyone sees these changes.

In the meantime, you can always hit up APKMirror if you have to update Android Messages right now to get some of that sweet, sweet dark mode.

via Android Authority

August 16, 2018 at 10:43AM