A new, even darker-than-dark mode for desktop Google Search is slowly rolling out for some online users, offering hope for better battery life and spared sight.
User reports, first reported by 9to5Google, are not widely used and the rollout might just be a test. Some users who saw their previous dark mode go all black from the usual deep gray found, after a short time, that their themes reverted to the existing dark mode theme.
Officially, the new dark mode background color is set to HTML color code #000000, which is pure black, while other site colors, like blue for hyperlinks, are a little bolder to better stand out from the black background. .
At this time, no one at TechRadar has secured the pure black dark mode, so we can’t confirm that it’s rolling out. We’ve reached out to Google for comment and will update this page if and when we receive a response or if our dark modes switch to the full black theme.
Analysis: Google Search Black Mode, when even dark mode is too bright for delicate eyes
Dark mode has taken off in recent years, with everything from Microsoft Windows to Facebook and Twitter to various Google services introducing darker themes.
White or green text on a black background is a pretty old idea, as far as computers go. Today’s command line interface services in major operating systems such as Windows and macOS allowed to to be the operating system of each computer and remains the preferred way for system administrators to manage a large IT infrastructure.
Why personal computers switched to blindingly bright interfaces is a complicated story (or it was really just marketing) but it wasn’t to preserve our eyesight. Over the years, we’ve figured out that dark mode is easier on your eyes.
The benefits, however, go beyond our health.
As more and more people adopt laptops as their primary computing systems, finding ways to extend battery life becomes a major concern. A laptop’s biggest power drain is its screen, so the longer you can keep the screen dark, the longer your battery will last.
That in itself should be enough to make dark mode the default theme for all modern interfaces. Whether the industry is willing to go ahead and do what we all know it should do is another question.