In this week’s top stories: Gmail finally gets a dark theme on Android and iOS, we exclusively report on Google’s next Chromebook the “Pixelbook Go,” we get hands-on with many of the Google Pixel 4’s pre-installed apps, and so much more.
With the launch of dark mode toggles in both Android 10 and iOS 13, one app that people have begged Google to create a dark mode for is Gmail. As of this week, Gmail’s dark theme is rolling out to both Android and iOS devices and it looks gorgeous. According to the information provided to enterprise users, everyone should have dark theme available to them in Gmail within two weeks.
On Android 10, the darker look respects the system default “Dark Theme” setting, and will also be enabled when the Battery Saver is on. There is a manual menu in Settings > Theme. For iOS, it’s available as far back as iOS 11 via Settings > Dark Theme again. On iOS 13, Gmail will also follow the new dark mode.
In our first piece of exclusive Made by Google 2019 news for this week, our Stephen Hall was tipped a number of specs and details about Google’s next Chromebook, including the name — Pixelbook Go. The new information corroborated all of our earlier reporting and leaks from the past year about the Chromebook codenamed “Atlas,” including the option for a 4K display.
Similar to the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate that came before it, the Pixelbook Go will be available in a variety of tiers, across a wide spread of prices, separated by processing power, RAM, and in this case, display type. We’re told the Pixelbook Go will come in Intel Core m3, i5, and i7 configurations with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of storage.
In Pixel 4 news, our APK Insight team obtained — courtesy of NextRift — copies of many of the apps pre-installed on the Google Pixel 4 and proceeded to uncover all of the information that we could. Beyond exploring the new “Recorder” app, uncovering details about Motion Sense, and previewing a redesign to the Pixel Wallpapers app, the most interesting find was in the Pixel Themes app.
Our Dylan Roussel discovered that Pixel Themes could be installed and slightly altered (via adb) to create and use fully working custom themes for the Google Pixel 3. We’ve even made the app available for you to download and try out for yourself.
More Pixel 4 apps
- Motion Sense on Google Pixel 4 will work with these 9 media apps at launch
- Exclusive: Hands-on with Google’s new theming app from the Pixel 4 [Video]
- Here’s the list of all 38 countries Pixel 4’s Motion Sense will work in
- Exclusive: Here’s a preview of the new live wallpapers coming to the Google Pixel 4
- Pixel Launcher will support a homescreen gesture to access notifications on Pixel 4
- Google Wallpapers getting Material Theme redesign, dark mode with Pixel 4
- Exclusive: Here’s the new ‘Recorder’ app from the Google Pixel 4 [Video]
In another bit of Pixel news, yet another Pixel 4 leaked out, this time to an English-speaking outlet, which allows us new insights into aspects of the phone that weren’t clear before. For example, we now know that the Google Pixel 4’s back glass will indeed still have a matte finish, but possibly not as great feeling of one as the Pixel 3 had.
The site also details ‘Face unlock’ and its various options in the Settings app. Apparently, you can customize many options of the feature. You can choose whether to use face unlock for unlocking your phone, app sign-in & payments, and just skipping the lock screen entirely. You can also require open eyes (or not) or always require a “confirmation step” when using face unlock in apps.
The rest of this week’s top stories follow:
Made by Google 2019 |
- Another Pixel 4 hands-on looks at next-gen Google Assistant, Ambient EQ, more
- What we still don’t know about the Google Pixel 4
- Colorful Pixel 4 ad matches previously leaked promo video
- Comment: You can’t take those Pixel 4 price leaks at face value
- [Update: New OTA] Android 10 with September security patch live, download Pixel factory images
- Here are official-looking renders of the OnePlus 7T series a day before launch
- OnePlus 7T will ship with Android 10 out of its redesigned box
- Oxygen OS 9.0.17 and 9.0.9 OTAs for OnePlus 6, 6T prep for Android 10 update
- Latest OnePlus TV teaser shows off a custom interface on top of Android TV
Apps & Updates |
- Kik Messenger is set to shut down, so here are five solid IM alternatives
- This is how easy it is to get Google apps on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro [Video]
- Google Play Pass explained: Android TV support, $1.99/month promo, buying apps, developers
- Google launches Play Pass subscription with 350+ ‘unlocked’ Android apps and games
- YouTube Music now preinstalled on Android 10, replacing Google Play Music
- [Updated: Fixed] Google Play Store bug preventing Android app updates
- Hey Google, reporting features for Maps on Android Auto are long overdue
Dark Mode |
- Say hello to dark mode on 9to5Google, just in time for Pixel 4!
- Google Play Store dark theme starts rolling out [Gallery]
- [Update: Beta release] Google app and Assistant dark theme rolling out
- Instagram for Android adds dark mode in beta, works w/ Android 10 toggle and Pie
- Google Doodle celebrates the first day of the fall season
- Google says its update software is crashing some Macs, here’s how to fix
- Google Store teases 21st birthday ‘celebrations’ on Friday
- GOOG, AAPL and other tech stocks lost billions after Trump attacks big tech
Google Assistant |
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