The Google Maps app gets a real dark mode, at least on Android. The company announced today that it is finally launching the dark theme alternative that was tested in the app since September 2020.
The dark mode, which takes things much further than the previously available color mode for night mode, will be available in the app’s settings menu, under “theme”.
Google announced the launch of Dark Mode as part of a number of new features coming to Android, including some updates to Android Auto. In addition to custom wallpapers, Android Auto will now also have games. Trivia Crack, Jeopardy!, Sangquiz, and Google̵
Android Auto also gets a split screen feature that will put Maps side by side with media controls, much like Apple started doing in CarPlay on iOS 13 in 2019. (Although this feature will only be available in cars with wider screens.) Google adds shortcuts to the Android Auto Home screen, which also provides quick access to the weather or home thermostat setting.
The Android Auto features will be available “in the coming days” on phones running Android 6.0 and later in compatible cars. Google Maps dark mode is rolling out “soon”.