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Google Chrome Dark Mode Testing Live for Android, Mac

Punna Lavanya

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Reports suggested that Google has begun testing its Chrome for the dark mode in Android and Mac devices. Google implemented this anticipated change in the Canary channel for their Chrome browser for machines which run on Mac OS Mojave. On similar lines, Chrome 73 reached the beta channel for Android devices which had the early dark mode implementation. Chrome 73 was released for Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS which has been found to enable support for multimedia keys. This will allow the user to control audio or video playback on the Chrome browser directly with the help of hardware media keys on the user’s keyboard. Linux systems could also get such a facility at a later stage.

This was first spotted by the Twitter user with the handle @markdrew53, who said that the latest Chrome Canary version wouldn’t need any additional changes in its settings so as to enable the dark mode. The browser can transform the experience once the user enables the system-wide dark mode on their Mac machine. This is similar to how the Chrome browser in the Canary channel has started supporting dark mode on Windows PCs.

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Scott Scrivens of Android Police pointed out that the dark mode experience could be enhanced with the help of switching on some flags on their new Chrome Canary version. It is reasonable to expect the stable Chrome release fix the initial bugs and render a perfect dark mode experience for Mac users.

The dark mode support for Android has been seen with the help of the latest Chrome 73 beta build. It comes into work after the user switches on the Night mode on their Android Pie device to Always on after getting into the Developer options.

9to5Google reported that this experience would be initially limited since the dark mode is applicable only to pop-up menus, whereas the address bar would still appear in white colour.

The Chrome 73 beta for Android will also include a new download manager and an upgraded downloading experience. It will come with a snackbar that would show an animating loading indicator which can be slid up from the bottom. The Downloads page has also received a facelift and can show full-width images which have rounded edges.

The omnibar in the Chrome beta version for Android devices shows a quick shortcut which will allow user to share the Web address with a single tap or edit the previously visited URL by simply hitting the pen icon that can be found next to it before tapping the enter key. The changes could be experienced by downloading the new Chrome beta from Google Play.

ZDNet reported that support for multimedia keys will work at the Chrome level and not at the tab level. What this means is users will be able to control the media content from their keyboard even if the Chrome browser is minimized and running in the background. This feature would be initially available through Chrome 73 beta version and Chrome Canary distributions only and could reach Linux later on.

The official changelog of the Chrome 73 beta release has shown that a Media Session API will be present which will enable developers to control the media playback experience as well as customise interactions for multimedia keys. 9to5Google noted that there will be a dedicated Sync and Google services section which will be presented as a unified page which will list down all options that would be related to the data collected by Google through Chrome.

There is an Auto Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode for Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) on the users desktop. The feature is currently under testing for developers and has been designed to open PWAs in the PiP mode. Google has come up with features like “Enhanced Spell Check” and “Safe browsing extended reporting” when Chrome Sync is enabled. The browser will also come with the ability to collect anonymised URLs with the help of Make searches and browsing better option.

Badging API has also a part of Chrome 73 which will help users with notification badges and indicators on their home screens. A “Skip Ad” button is currently in testing for video windows on video-streaming services such as YouTube.

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A late bloomer but an early learner, Lavanya likes to be honestly biased. Though fascinated by the far-flung corners of the galaxy, she doesn’t fancy the idea of humans moving to Mars. Francisca is a Contributing Author for Newstrail. Be it mobile devices, laptops, etc. he brings his passion for technology wherever she goes.

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