We had been hearing reports that Google is working on dark mode for Chrome. References to the upcoming feature were even spotted in early development builds of the browser and now it’s here. It is now possible to enable dark mode for content and webpages in Chrome Canary. The mode is actually capable of tweaking a site’s design and displaying it in a darker tone.
The dark mode in Chrome can be enabled through a new feature flag, #enable-android-web-contents-dark-mode to be precise. It activates a force_dark_mode_enabled preference in the browser’s engine.
Chrome goes beyond just displaying the menus and navigation bar in a darker color and continuing to render websites in their original colors. It makes the browser use a high contrast setting which changes the way some of the colors on a website are shown. That’s an interesting approach.
Many apps have launched dark mode functionality for their users and this is nothing new for browsers either. The Samsung Internet browser has had a dark mode since 2017 for Samsung and non-Samsung devices.
The dark mode feature for Chrome is live in the Canary build right now, but it may still be a while before the feature is rolled out to the stable version of Google’s browser.
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