Google has been on a month-long quest to get dark to its huge armada of Android apps as a result of the Android 10 version. It doesn't stop yet, as Gmail is the latest app to have the eye-friendly theme.
According to 9to5Google Gmail has arrived in its dark state via a server update rather than an app update. The outlet says you will still need the version 2019.08.18.267044774 of the app, but this does not necessarily guarantee that you will get the theme.
The app lets users switch between light, dark, and system standards. The latter probably means that it will follow which system theme is currently enabled on your device. You can check out some screenshots below, courtesy of 9to5Google .
As you can see, Gmail adopts a dark gray color scheme rather than the OLED-friendly black that appears on some dark mode apps. A black theme tends to save more juice than a dark gray theme on phones with OLED screens. Whether it is black or dark gray, you should still expect energy savings compared to light themes.
Google actually noted last year that YouTube's dark mode (with dark gray) resulted in energy savings of up to 60 percent compared to the normal light theme. So heavy Gmail users with an OLED phone may see some battery benefits.
The addition of dark mode in Gmail means that Google Keep, Maps, Messages and Files are now available by Google to offer the option. Are there more Google apps that should have a dark theme? Let us know in the comments!