Samsung wants its foldable phone to have a long battery life. You've tried power banks and even fast chargers to negate its impact, but turns out Google had a trick up its sleeve that they have now revealed.
Another notable update is the launch of an In-app Updates API.
"But this isn't just about that". Guess which one was better on battery life? Google re-iterated that point during its Android Dev Summit and confirmed that dark mode puts significantly less strain on the battery than anything else, reported SlashGear. Battery life differences between dark and light app designs.
OK, so it's not exactly "updating as you use" as Google implies, but it's as near as dammit. If you crank brightness on your phone, a damn dark theme on your keyboard could save you 21%. Starting back in the Android M beta (later Marshmallow), Google included a dark mode toggle that changed the settings and system UI from white to dark gray. Android Pie is more thoughtfully designed than past versions of the platform, and Google's interface design is coming together on app and service at a time.
Google did admit that they've been pushing Material Design with an emphasis on white backgrounds on Android. At full brightness, power draw dropped by 60 percent when moving from normal to dark.
Since my first Android phone, I wondered why I had to go to the app store to get an app that'd allow me to look at the files on my phone.
The latter - which Google calls "flexible in-app update" - will be for new but not pressing features.
An EU ruling against Google could pave the way to improve Android phones for consumers, says the Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.