Google is testing a darker dark mode for its Android search app (via android police), according to 9to5Google† This new shade still isn’t the same as the one featured last month in Google’s test of a pitch-black dark mode on desktops. Rather, the one spotted in the mobile app is darker than the usual dark gray, but still lighter than pitch black. I briefly had the pitch black search page on the desktop, but shortly after it switched back to dark gray.
The new dark mode in Google’s mobile app could be more appealing to devices with OLED screens who want to conserve battery, or who prefer to use dark mode more. android police said the new shade is available in the latest Google 13.8 beta on the Google Play Store you can get via APKMirror, an archive that allows Android users to download items not readily available on their device, or go the official route by joining the beta testing group.
After Google confirmed last year that it was testing dark mode on desktops, the company confirmed a broad rollout of dark mode for Google Search for its desktop users in February. While you can access the app’s new hue yourself, a wider release could take months to officially reach more people, much like the desktop release we just saw.