Google Maps is reading app-wide dark mode on Android

Following the home app last month, Google Maps was one of the latest first-party apps to require a dark mode. Fortunately, the latest version of the Android client has finally revealed that work is underway.

About APK Insights: In this ‘APAK Insights’ post we’ve integrated the latest version of the app we uploaded to the Google Play Store. When we decompile these files for Android applications (called APKs) we are able to see different lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not pass on these features at any time, and our interpretation of what they are may be incomplete. We will try to enable them to stay close to completion, but to show you what they will look like when it comes to shipping. With that in mind, read on.

Google Maps has a dark theme today but only in navigation mode while driving. This look is applied directly to the map, as well as most UI – bottom sheets and various buttons. A notable exception is the white Google Assistant microphone icon in the top right corner, and a slightly lower amount above the green panel at the top listed street names and directions.

Every other part of the UI has a bright background, while the layout of the map is mostly gray.

Go to settings for light themes


It describes a new “Appearance” menu in Settings where you will have three options: Device Theme, Dark Theme and Light Theme Def

Device theme default

Gark theme

Light theme

This choice will be significantly independent of the presence on:.

In settings, you can also change the look of the map while navigating

Go to Navigation Settings

Various “Knight” resources and icons were introduced with version 10.50.

Creating dark maps is probably a big effort and not as easy as inverting colors. Google Maps has lots of street and place names, as well as various pins and icons. Everything needs to be optimized so that visibility is not affected. Meanwhile, it should be easier to switch from white to Google’s standard dark gray for anything else.

Hopefully, the Google Maps Dark theme is coming soon. We saw a render briefly with the launch of Android 10 last September, but that was before the new design on the big map earlier this year.

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