Soon, Chrome's dark mode will "darken" your web pages
We all know Google Chrome browser for Android is set to receive a dedicated dark mode aimed at making web surfing more pleasant. The feature has been demonstrated in an early beta version of Chrome 73, but as it turns out, the upcoming mode will not just tweak the theme of the browser but also of the web pages. Here's how it will work.
According to a recent report from 9to5Google, Chrome will recolor web pages as black when using the upcoming dark mode. This means when you use the feature on Android, most visual elements will turn dark automatically, from the interface of the browser to the web pages. The text color, presumably, will be altered according to the dark theme.
Though we haven't seen how darkened web pages would look like, the feature is nearly confirmed. The folks at 9to5Google spotted it via code change posted to Chromium's Gerrit source code management. It added a new flag called '#enable-android-web-contents-dark-mode' to trigger Chrome's underlying engine to turn high-contrast settings on. These settings would ultimately recolor the web pages and their elements.
The ability to darken web pages would mark a major upgrade for Chrome, which is used by a large number of users worldwide. When the page color will change with the theme of the browser, it will be very easy on your eyes; plus battery backup would also improve. Notably, Samsung Internet browser already offers a similar capability with its 'Night Mode'.
From system-wide dark mode in Android Q to Chrome, Google has clearly been pushing the dark mode efforts. The company even plans to force dark mode on apps lacking their own theme to save battery for users. As for Chrome, the Canary version of the browser should get the feature in the coming days followed by a stable release later.