In its continuation Home application last month, Google Maps is one of the last first-party applications that requires dark mode. Fortunately, the latest version of the Android client finally reveals that work is underway.
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Google Maps has a darker theme today, but only in navigation mode while driving. That look applies directly to the map, most UI – the bottom sheet and various buttons. An odd exception is the white Google Assistant microphone icon in the top-right corner, and above the green panel listing street names and directions.
All other parts of the UI have a bright background, while the map layer is often different shades of gray. Version 10.50 of Google Maps contains several strings that explicitly represent “DARK_MODE_SETTING”.
Light theme string> Go to settings for Origin string>
It describes the new “Appearance” menu in Settings, where you have three options: Device Theme, Dark Theme and Light Theme.
Device theme default string> Dark theme string> Light theme string>
This option is particularly independent of the navigation appearance :.
In Settings, you can also change the appearance of the map during navigation string> Go to navigation settings string>
Various “night” assets and logos were introduced with version 10.50.
Creating a dark map is not as easy as a great effort and reverse colors. Google Maps has plenty of street and place names and various pins and symbols. Everything must be improved so that visibility is not compromised. In the meantime, everything from white to Google’s standard dark gray should be very straightforward.
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