Google has released new updates for Android and Android Auto, and this time both the stable and beta channels are getting goodies.
First of all, let’s take a look at the newbuildings and then see what has changed in them.
Google released two new major beta versions this week, starting with Google Maps version 10.62.0. This is the very first beta of branch 10.62, and although the company has not included any release notes, there is a chance that it hides something significant under the hood, as it is an important jump from the previous test edition that was released as version 10.61. 1.
A new beta was released on March 5 as Google Maps version 1
But for users who stick to the stable version of Google Maps, the new release sent to devices like version 10.61.3 is the most important.
And that’s because this particular building packs the new dark mode that Google Maps gets on Android, and that includes not only the menus, but also the maps and everything else you see on the screen.
The important thing to know, however, is that the visual overhaul is still powered by a server-side switch, so it may take some time to appear on your device even after installing version 10.62.1.
The new full dark mode is exclusive to Android devices for now and is expected to land on iPhones at a later date, although Google has not yet shared any ETA in this regard.
You will find the complete instructions on how to enable dark mode in Google Maps on this page.
After installing the new version of Google Maps and launching the app, you should see a message that the new dark mode is finally available on your device, and by following the steps on the page linked above, you can activate it immediately.
The new dark mode only works on Android devices, as Android Auto siblings already have a similar visual style that should be activated automatically when you turn on the lights in the car.