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Twitter CEO promises true black dark mode is coming (Take note, Google)

It will feature a true black background to save on battery life. Did you hear that, Google?

Published onJanuary 22, 2019

This week on Twitter, Wall Street Journal columnist Christopher Mims tweeted out an article exclaiming that every app should have a dark mode. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to the tweet, ruminating that it would be nice if there was an OS-wide switch app developers could use for that purpose.

In the middle of that thread, a Twitter user chimed in to point out that the official Twitter app’s dark mode uses a dark blue background instead of a true black. Dorsey responded to that tweet by saying, “Will fix,” which suggests there could be a true black Twitter dark mode on the way.

Here’s the thread to see for yourself:

Was just talking about this with @kayvz. Will fix.
— jack (@jack) January 20, 2019

It’s been proven with science that true black backgrounds on OLED display panels can save on battery life. Additionally, many people prefer black backgrounds as they claim it cuts down on eye-strain while reading. With that in mind, a true black Twitter dark mode would be a very welcome update indeed.

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Interestingly, Google fought dark modes for a long time, not only in Android itself but also in the myriad Google-owned apps. In 2018, though, Google reversed course and started adding dark modes into its apps and even introduced a sort-of dark mode to its Pixel phones.

However, Google’s dark modes are almost always dark gray backgrounds instead of true black, which is only going halfway. For dark modes to be truly useful, the backgrounds need to be pure black.

If Twitter rolls out a true black dark mode — and Google finally gets on the pure black train, which leaked info from Android Q suggests might be happening — it could usher in a new trend of offering true black dark modes in many more apps and services.

What do you think? Do you hope for a true black Twitter dark mode? Let us know in the comments!

NEXT: Twitter brings back the chronological timeline for Android

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