Google Android M
Google says the dark theme UI in Android M may feature in future releasesGoogle

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), Google's latest version of its mobile operating system, brings a host of new features. But its final public release will not feature the dark theme that was present in initial developer builds.

However, Google's development team has hinted that the dark theme UI will be incorporated in future releases of Android. Nonetheless, the omission should bother stock Android users, considering it helped in-phone navigation even in the dark.

Confirming the absence of dark theme UI in Android M, Google's official Android Developer Preview forum says users' request for the eye-friendly theme was considered by engineers at Google, but a timeline for this release was not known yet.

Dark theme brightens up vital areas of the display such as the notification center, app drawer and title bar; lets users clearly track newer notifications even in pitch-dark conditions. Currently, Android M is slated to incorporate the conventional light theme.

The initial developer preview of Android M allowed users to switch between light and dark themes in accordance with day and night. Subsequent developer preview versions of the OS seemingly did not feature the dark UI.

Phones due to get Google Android M

Users of the following handsets can expect to see Android M, before others:

  • HTC One M8
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Duos
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A
  • Google Nexus 5
  • Google Nexus 6
  • Google Nexus 9.

Key features

Android M introduces new functionality such as Google Now on Tap, Android Pay, Google Doze, Fingerprint scanner and easy-to-access volume controls.

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