Google Officially Bringing Dark Mode to Android, Could Come with Android P

Muriel Hammond
February 24, 2018

Huawei, Xiaomi, Motorola, Sony, Vivo, and HMD Global (Nokia) will all be updating their devices to support ARCore later this year, whereas Samsung, LG, and ASUS will add more of their products to the mobile AR ecosystem going forward, Google said. READ NEXT:Google launches Android device enterprise certification program "We're inspired by the success of Android across a wide range of devices, including entry-level phones which in many cases are the first and only way people get access to the internet", said Google. Dark mode is finally coming to Android phones, with the feature likely to debut later this year when Android P is unveiled during Google I/O in May.

In preparation for the launch of Android Go, the apps in the Google Go family are adding more and more features so they'll have more robust apps by the time the lightweight OS rolls out.

Although Google's major push for ARCore won't be arriving until next week, ARCore 1.0 is already being rolled out to some Android users. It allowed developers to tinker and create their own AR experiences, but weren't allowed to send their apps to the Google Play Store.

To show off the latest, Google has partnered with a few developers to showcase their plans to use AR in their apps. One of those companies is Snap, which used the new features to create an immersive AR experience in its mobile app, Snapchat.

If you have a new Pixel phone, you may have been able to play with Google's AR Stickers that brought Star Wars and Stranger Things into the real world.

Take a picture of a book, and there's all the info you need about where to buy it, who published it and what reviewers say about it. Point the camera at a painting, and Google Lens will tell you about the artist or the artwork's historical era. Also over the coming weeks, English-language users on compatible flagship devices will get the camera-based Lens experience within the Google Assistant. In the coming weeks, Google says Lens will be also accessible directly from Assistant just like it is now on the Pixel phones.

Now, any Android user - and even iOS users - can install the Google Photos app to start playing with Google Lens. We'll let you know if we learn any new information.

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