The Google Maps app is getting a true dark mode, at least on Android. The company announced today that it will finally widely release the dark theme option that it has been testing in the app since September 2020.
Dark mode, which takes things a lot further than the previously available night mode color option, will be available in the app’s settings menu under “theme.”
Google announced the release of dark mode as part of a batch of new features coming to Android, including some Android Auto updates. In addition to custom wallpapers, Android Auto will now also include games. Trivia crack, Danger!, Song testand the Google Are You Feeling Lucky? will be available. The games can be accessed through the wizard by saying “Ok Google, play a game.”
Android Auto also has a split screen feature that will put Maps next to media controls, much like what Apple started doing in CarPlay in iOS 13 in 2019 (although this feature will only be available on cars with larger screens. ). Google is also adding shortcuts to the Android Auto home screen, allowing quick access to the weather or setting your home thermostat.
Android Auto features will be available “in the coming days” on phones running Android 6.0 and above in compatible cars. Google Maps dark mode will be implemented “soon”.