Google Admits Dark Mode on Android Helps in Saving Battery Life

Google has finally confirmed that dark mode on Android phones uses less power and saves battery life. “Google revealed a bit of information on how your smartphone spends its battery life. They did this at this week’s Android Dev Summit, speaking to developers about what they can do in their apps to avoid consuming massive amounts of battery life.


“But this isn’t just about that. This is about the biggest factor in battery consumption: screen brightness! And not only that but screen colour, too,” Slash Gear reported late Thursday.

Dark mode essentially changes the overall colour theme of an operating system (OS) or applications to the colour black. During the presentation, the Internet giant added how dark mode could use 43% less power at full brightness than “normal mode” in the YouTube app which traditionally uses a lot of white, according to Business Insider.

The tech giant reportedly acknowledged its mistake of encouraging app developers to use the colour white for their applications, including its own apps. Since the inception of Google’s “Material Design” initiative, the company had been pushing for the use of colour white, thus, encouraging designers to use white as their primary colour for all apps and interfaces.

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November 9, 2018 2:37 pm 2:37 PM

Finally! BTW, is this only for AMOLED displays or for LCD displays too?

November 9, 2018 3:28 pm 3:28 PM

Only applicable for AMOLED. Google used it’s pixel and iPhone 7 to compare efficiency of dark mode in AMOLED and LCDs and power consumption in LCD remained the same irrespective of any mode.