Google Maps Rolls out Dark Mode on Android

Published February 25th, 2021 - 02:30 GMT
Google Maps Rolls out Dark Mode on Android
Once your Google Maps has been updated, you can turn it on for your entire phone by heading to Settings > Theme and pick Always In Dark Theme. (Shutterstock)
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Dark mode reduces eye fatigue and saves battery life.

Google Maps is now getting a full-fledged dark mode on Android, the feature has been in testing since September 2020.

"These days, we are all experiencing a bit of screen fatigue. With the dark themes in Google Maps soon expanding to all Android users globally, you can give your eyes a much-needed break and save on battery life," the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Once your Google Maps has been updated, you can turn it on for your entire phone by heading to Settings > Theme and pick Always In Dark Theme.

The company also introduced some updates to Android Auto. In addition to custom wallpapers, Android Auto is now going to feature games as well.

For longer drives, you and your passengers can stay entertained with voice-activated games like trivia and "Jeopardy!". Just say, "Hey Google, play a game" to get started.

Android Auto is also getting a split-screen feature that will put Maps side by side with media controls,

Google is also rolling out Password Checkup to Android to help alert you about potential leaks or data breaches that may have exposed your existing passwords to hackers.

Password Checkup will be rolling out to devices with Android 9 and above, and will automatically check passwords already saved in Android along with any new ones.


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