Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

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Google Rebrands Files Go as Files by Google

There has been a recent surge in the use of the Dark Theme in apps that have been introduced by Google and one of the major reasons has just become clear. Yes, the well-known dark mode feature will now save battery in a very important way and that can guarantee more time of use to the users.

Google demonstrated how dark mode minimizes battery drain from the screen.

Google has revealed its findings about dark mode and how it affects battery life. In a presentation at the ongoing Android Dev Summit 2018, Google showed a few slides that explain how it arrived at the conclusion.

Further study shows that, in YouTube video playbacks, playing videos in dark mode resulted in a 60% battery consumption on displays, compared to the same video being played on the usual white layout. This is because the individual pixels have less burden on the darker areas of the screen saving the battery life.

AMOLED displays do not require the use of a backlight, unlike LCD panels.

But for years, Google pushed for the use of white colour in its Material Theme, consuming higher than average amount of battery, only to realise it now and call for action. Even using a dark theme in Gboard can reduce power consumption significantly, by up to 21%. That's not a big difference, but it does make a difference. For instance, YouTube users can manually activate Dark Mode by following these steps.

This is because OLED screens aren't backlit like LCDs, with a uniform level of brightness lighting up all the pixels. "We've noticed that people across the globe are using it, no matter what type of mobile phone they have or how fast their internet connection is".

You'll have two options with this API; the first is a full-screen experience for critical updates when you expect the user to wait for the update to be applied immediately. Once the update is ready, it will run the next time the app is launched. One hopes that the transparency of its reporting will extend more fulsomely to China in the future, since almost 1 in 5 people on Earth call it home.

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