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Google Keep APK teardown reveals upcoming dark mode

Google's quest to bring dark mode to its apps now extends to Google Keep. But it's definitely in the early stages of development.

Published onMarch 21, 2019

Google Keep on a smartphone.

Google Keep is one of the better note-taking apps out there, but one of the biggest omissions has been the lack of a dark mode. Thankfully, it seems like Google is listening and has begun work on this very mode.

A teardown of the latest Google Keep APK (version by 9to5Google reveals a reference to “enable dark mode.” The website also found a toggle to actually enable the mode, so what should you expect?

Those hoping for a comprehensive dark mode will be disappointed right now, as it only seems to extend to the search bar and “take a note” field. So that means the settings page, main menu, and your various notes are still an eye-searing white. It’s also worth noting that we’re looking at dark grey colors for the dark elements, as opposed to pure black. Check out 9to5Google‘s images below for a better idea of how it works right now.

In any event, it’s encouraging to see Google commit to dark mode across its various apps. The company has previously implemented the mode in the likes of Android Messages, Gboard, Google Play Games, and YouTube.

Aside from being easier on the eyes, dark mode is generally more power-efficient if you’re using a phone with an OLED screen too. In fact, Google previously claimed at its Android Dev Summit that the YouTube app consumed up to 60 percent less power when using dark mode on 100 percent brightness. Not bad.

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