The Google Maps app is entering a true dark mode, at least on Android. The company announced today that it will finally broadly release the dark theme options that have been tested in the app since September 2020.
The role of dark mode is much greater than the previously available night mode color options, which can be accessed under “Themes” in the application’s “Settings” menu.
Google announced the launch of dark mode, which is part of Android’s new features, including some updates to Android Auto. In addition to custom wallpapers, Android Auto will now feature games. Trivia crack, Danger!, Song Quiz, And Google’s own “Do you feel good? Will be available. The game can be accessed by the assistant saying “Hey Google, play game”
Android Auto also gained a split-screen feature, which placed Maps and media controls side by side, just like Apple did in CarPlay on iOS 13 starting in 2019. (Although this feature is only available in cars with wider displays.) Google has also added a shortcut on the Android Auto startup screen, which allows you to quickly access the weather or set a home thermostat.
The Android Auto function will be used on compatible Android phones running Android 6.0 and higher in the next few days. Google Maps dark mode will be launched “soon”.