Banes went on to laud the introduction of dark modes, using the recent YouTube update as an example of the power benefits. Starting back in the Android M beta (later Marshmallow), Google included a dark mode toggle that changed the settings and system UI from white to dark gray.
The session shows a bunch of fun stats and graphs that all compared a phone with a heavily white theme to one with a dark theme and how each impacted battery life.
GOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED some new features for the Android App Bundle tool which will allow users to carry on using apps even whilst they are updating. But that's absolutely not a problem these days, as most of the flagship devices out there pack OLED screens, premium iPhone X versions included. It's something that Google confirmed at its Android Dev Summit this week, where the company put together a presentation showing the power draw of different modes and colors.
Googler Chris Banes went as far as to say they "kinda shot themselves in the foot slightly in terms of power" when they moved away from the mostly black Holo theme to Material Design and the heavy use of white as a base hue. The prompt comes when the user starts an app, they must update it before using it.More news: Why defeat to Manchester United was good - Ronaldo
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Google points out that, statistically, the energy draw from colours such as blue requires 25% more power than green or red in the standard RGB spectrum. It's always been associated with better battery life on devices, especially mobile devices. Again in the Android N beta, we saw dark mode.
Just because Google told us how easy it is to "fix" battery life on OLED smartphones, doesn't mean we're getting dark modes from either Google or Apple anytime soon. For instance, YouTube users can manually activate Dark Mode by following these steps.
For this to happen on a system level, Google will need to make it part of a future Android upgrade.