Microblogging website Twitter was one among the first few platforms that adopted the much-talked-about Dark Mode for its mobile app. The Dark Mode, which is called ‘Night Mode’ on the microblogging website, has been a hit among Twitter’s audience and most of them agree that it makes the reading experience on the app better, as it put less strain on the eyes. Furthermore, it also uses less battery for those who use Twitter on their Android smartphones.
And now, Twitter has taken a step forward and launched a new kind of Dark Mode. Keeping up with CEO Jack Dorsey’s promise of a battery-saving dark mode, Twitter has just announced via its own platform that it has started rolling out a Dark Mode that has a proper black background and is called ‘Lights Out’.
However, as of now, Twitter has only made the new mode available for its iOS app. And currently, there is no word on when the mode will be made available for Android users.
It is worth mentioning that for most popular flagship smartphones that come with OLED screens, much like iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the use of a Dark Mode in apps helps in extending their battery life. This happens because the OLED panels of these smartphones only light up the pixels that are not black.
It was dark. You asked for darker! Swipe right to check out our new dark mode. Rolling out today. pic.twitter.com/6MEACKRK9K
— Twitter (@Twitter) March 28, 2019
So, when we use the Dark Mode in most apps and choose a black wallpaper for devices with OLED displays, a lot of battery gets saved, considering the amount of time we end up endlessly scrolling on our phones. Twitter has also added that the proper black background reduces strain on users’ eyes in areas that are lowly-lit.
Some other popular apps that have rolled out the Dark Mode include YouTube, Android Messages app, Pocket, Slack, and Google Assistant. We should also add here that Facebook is also testing the Dark Mode on its popular instant messenger WhatsApp. The company also rolled out the mode on its Facebook Messenger app.
However, as of now, there is no word about the Dark Mode coming to Facebook’s native app and Instagram. However, we expect it to follow considering that it is Facebook’s usual way of first rolling out a feature to one of its apps and based on the response it gets there, it makes the feature available on other apps too.
And looking at the popularity of the Dark Mode among masses, there is a very less possibility of it not getting a good response on WhatsApp and Messenger. So, it’s only a matter of time before the feature gets rolled out to other Facebook apps too.