AMOLED displays offer a host of advantages over LCD screens, but the biggest advantage has to be the deeper, richer blacks. This advantage also extends to apps with a dark mode, as we see some of them specifically offer an AMOLED-friendly dark mode that uses true blacks.
These modes are pretty handy if you want to save battery life or if you’re using the app in bed. So with that in mind, we take a look at the best dark mode apps with an AMOLED-friendly theme.
One of the most popular reading apps on the market, Pocket lets you save articles for offline viewing. Simply hit the Pocket button on your desktop browser or visit the sharing menu from your mobile browser to save an article. And sure enough, the app offers a toggle to use 'true black' for articles and the menus. So if you'd like to catch up on your reading list before bed, but don't want to deal with glare, this should be up your alley.
Another reading app makes the list in Amazon's Kindle app. The premise is pretty simple in case you haven't heard, as you can buy and download millions of ebooks for use within the app. Its dark mode is unfortunately dark grey, so menus aren't OLED-friendly. Thankfully, you can set ebook pages to a proper black color via the 'Aa' menu. Now, about bringing this option to the rest of the app...
One of the most popular third-party Reddit apps, Sync for Reddit was around long before the website decided to make its own official Android app. The app has a ton of features, ranging from multiple account support and offline synchronization to fully customizable themes. And yes, it's one of the better dark mode apps thanks to the OLED-friendly black option. If that's not enough, you can also make the navigation bar black.
There are loads of solid Twitter apps out there, but Plume has the distinction of being one of the oldest clients on the Play Store. It supports all the expected Twitter features (DMs, likes, trends etc), but also serves up Facebook integration if that floats your boat. Otherwise, Plume delivers an eye-pleasing black mode for the timeline -- hopefully they bring this mode to the rest of the app.
There are several browsers out there with support for night modes, but the Chromium-based Kiwi is one of the better efforts out there. The app offers an OLED-friendly night mode out of the box, although most websites seem to take on a grey color instead of proper black like the browser UI. Other noteworthy features include ad-blocking, an address bar at the bottom of the app, and cryptojacking protection.
Google's keyboard has quickly become a favorite among Android users since its release, offering GIF support, integrated Google search, and Google Translate functionality. Gboard also offers theme support, with one of these themes being a proper black theme. And with keyboards being a fixture in almost every app, this is definitely one of the first dark mode apps you should grab.
This app has long been a fixture on Android smartphones, and for very good reason. Pocket Casts delivers an intuitive user interface, some useful features (trimming silence from podcasts, voice volume boost, custom skip intervals), and a dark theme. Well, technically speaking, you've got a dark theme and the OLED-friendly extra dark theme. The app also syncs your subscriptions to the cloud, so you can keep listening across iOS and your desktop.
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