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On this ‘APK Insight’ post, we’ve decompiled the newest model of an utility that Google uploaded to the Play Retailer. Once we decompile these recordsdata (referred to as APKs, within the case of Android apps), we’re capable of see varied strains of code inside that trace at doable future options. Remember that Google might or might not ever ship these options, and our interpretation of what they’re could also be imperfect. We’ll attempt to allow these which can be nearer to being completed, nonetheless, to point out you ways they’ll look within the case that they do ship. With that in thoughts, learn on.

Google Maps does have a darkish theme right this moment, however solely within the navigation mode when driving. That look applies on to the map, in addition to a lot of the UI — backside sheet and varied buttons. One odd exception is the white Google Assistant microphone icon within the top-right nook, and to a lesser diploma the inexperienced panel up prime that lists road names and instructions.

Each different a part of the UI has a shiny background, whereas the map layer is generally completely different shades of grey. Model 10.50 of Google Maps options a number of strings explicitly referring to a “DARK_MODE_SETTING.”

<string name=”DARK_MODE_TOOLTIP_TEXT”>Go to Settings for light theme</string>

<string name=”DARK_MODE_SETTINGS_DIALOG_TITLE”>Appearance</string>

It describes a brand new “Look” menu in Settings the place you’ll have three choices: Default to gadget theme, Darkish theme, and Mild theme.

<string name=”DARK_MODE_SETTINGS_DIALOG_FOLLOW_SYSTEM_THEME”>Default to device theme</string>

<string name=”DARK_MODE_SETTINGS_DIALOG_DARK_THEME”>Dark theme</string>

<string name=”DARK_MODE_SETTINGS_DIALOG_LIGHT_THEME”>Light theme</string>

This desire will notably be impartial of the navigation look:.

<string name=”DARK_MODE_SETTINGS_DIALOG_NAV_SETTINGS_DESCRIPTION”>In settings, you too can change the looks of the map during navigation</string>

<string name=”DARK_MODE_SETTINGS_DIALOG_NAV_SETTINGS_LINK”>Go to navigation settings</string>

Numerous “night time” belongings and icons have been additionally launched with model 10.50.

Making a darkish map is probably going an enormous effort and never so simple as inverting colours. Google Maps incorporates a mess of road and place names, in addition to varied pins and icons. All the things must be optimized in order that visibility shouldn’t be impacted. In the meantime, switching from white to Google’s customary darkish grey hue for all the pieces else needs to be extra simple.

Hopefully, the Google Maps darkish theme is coming ahead of later. We briefly noticed a render with the launch of Android 10 final September, however that was earlier than the massive Maps redesign earlier this yr.

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