Google Maps might finally be getting the dark mode

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Dark mode has been gradually increasing across the entire mobile app ecosystem over the last few years. Most of the mobile apps including Google apps started getting the dark mode in the past couple of months. Just a week before, Instagram updated its app with a dark mode. And now, one of the most prominent Google apps is ready to get the dark mode.

According to Android Police, elements of dark mode have begun to appear in the latest versions of Maps Preview and Maps Beta, indicating that Google is at the very least testing the feature out. However, it is still far from the official release from Google as the dark mode is on its way to be introduced completely in Maps beta.

Just like we’ve seen with the Google search app before, Maps’ dark mode pops up in a few places throughout the app. It’s mostly visible in some buttons and menus, but it’s obviously not yet ready for release. For one, it’s incomplete and only affects small parts of the interface, and for two, there is a lot of dark text on dark backgrounds.

Google Maps Dark Mode
Pic Credit: Android Police

As mentioned above, most of the Google apps including Gmail, Google Calendar, Chrome, Google Assistant, and even the Play Store have already got the dark mode. Even Google Maps also has a night mode that can only be toggled while navigating. Now a dark mode is finally in the pipeline.

So far we’ve just been looking at these early dustings of dark mode support in Google Maps, where a handful of UI elements pick up dark theming, while we wait for it to spread everywhere. Today, Google has also teased the dark mode UI of Google Maps via the official Android page on Instagram. 

As soon as we get any information on the arrival of a dark mode on Maps, we’ll be sure to share them.

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