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Pixel phones are getting an optional dark theme soon

by Justin Herrick | June 13, 2018June 13, 2018 12:00 pm PST

Google is planning to let owners of its Pixel phones decide the theme they want.

The in-development feature was spotted on the Google Issue Tracker by Android Police, and its thread indicates it’ll arrive in a “future Android build.” Google could offer it with Oreo’s July update, or more likely with Android P later this year.

As it currently stands, the Pixel Launcher switches themes based on your wallpaper. If your wallpaper is light, you’ll get the light theme. If your wallpaper is dark, you’ll get the dark theme. But the Mountain View-based company seems set on offering a toggle sometime soon. It would allow you to choose the light or dark theme no matter the wallpaper on your Pixel phone.

If you’re itching to switch between themes and want to do so manually, you can download a third-party launcher. There are several that have always enabled customization well beyond what Google provides.

The toggle might make its first appearance in Android P Developer Preview 4. Google is testing the latest version of Android, and its next phase should commence by the end of the month. So anyone with a Pixel phone or select third-party phones will be able to try it out early.

Justin Herrick

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