No matter how strong your allegiance to Android or iPhone is, you'll probably agree that the worst with Android phones and iPhones is battery life. Yes, most of the new phones get you through the day, and the advantage is apparent on Android, as some vendors have equipped their devices with massive battery packs. But battery life is never enough, especially since the battery is broken over time. Fortunately, Google just told us how to improve battery life on some Android and most of the new iPhones admit an error in Android design in the process.
It turns out that something is as easy as switching to dark mode whenever possible. There are some smartphone-savvy users have long suspected, the dark mode will help save battery life. However, there is a warning. The display must be an OLED. But there is certainly no problem these days, as most flagships out there pack OLED monitors, including premium iPhone X versions.
Google shared data on energy usage on phones in this week's Android Dev Summit, SlashGear reports.
The company studied the energy consumption of phones with white and dark themes and concluded that the dark mode of OLED at maximum brightness always wins. With OLED monitors each pixel lights up independently, which is why dark mode helps to maintain battery life.
Google also provided a comparison between the original Pixel and iPhone 7 which is self explanatory as long as you are aware of the differences between the two devices. OLED, on the original Pixel, uses less power in dark mode compared to iPhone 7, which has an LCD.
Pixel 3 Pixels 3 comes with OLED monitors, which make Samsung's flagship like Galaxy S or Note, and Apple's iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. But you will not really find real dark modes for any of them.
Even Google admitted that it was incorrect to add white as the overall color for Material Design apps. Apple's iPhone UI, meanwhile, is also heavy on white, and there is also no dedicated dark mode on the iPhone. Interestingly, Apple launched a dark mode for Mac, but all Macs have LCD monitors, which means that it does not help with battery life. Samsung phones will meanwhile get a dark mode through the One UI update, but not all phones are eligible for it.
Just because Google told us how easy it is to "fix" battery life on OLED smartphones does not mean we'll soon get dark Modes from Google or Apple. But there may be independent apps that can give users dark modes, with YouTube as an example.