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Update, May 20, 2019 (11:55 am ET): Google has announced on its G Suite Updates blog that it is currently rolling out a dark mode to the Keep and Calendar apps on Android. The new feature should be live for everyone within 15 days.

Google Calendar’s new dark theme will be available on all handsets running Android Nougat and newer. Keep’s dark theme, on the other hand, will work on devices running Android Lollipop and newer.

The Google Keep and Calendar’s dark mode can be manually turned on or off from each app’s settings menu. Users running Android Q will see the new mode automatically turned on if their phone’s theme is set to dark.

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Original post, May 17, 2019 (2:57 pm ET): According to Android Police, Google is finally updating its Keep note-taking app with a dark mode. However, it’s not a true dark mode that makes use of an OLED display’s inky blacks.

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Instead, Keep’s dark mode turns most of the UI into two different shades of gray. That might disappoint fans of absolute black, but the use of gray is actually better for your eyes. The contrast between gray and white isn’t as stark as the contrast between black and white. As such, your eyes will more easily adjust to the gray background.

There’s even a benefit when it comes to readability. Using absolute black make text scrolling and quick movements jittery on OLED displays. Meanwhile, using dark gray doesn’t show nearly as much jitter due to every pixel being on.

To that end, Keep’s dark mode tones down the note colors to avoid burning your retinas. The only part of Keep that remains untouched by the dark mode is the drawing mode.

Keep’s dark mode seems to be a server-side addition to version of the app. The update should roll out soon through the Play Store.

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