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posted by janrinok on Monday September 13, @06:15PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the for-the-night-owls dept.

Google.com dark mode is rolling out to everyone:

It's finally happening: Google.com is getting a dark mode. What was once the domain of janky site-theming browser extensions can now be enabled right from the Google home page. An official post from the support forums says that dark mode in desktop Google Search is rolling out starting today and will reach every user "over the next few weeks."

After turning on dark mode, you'll get a quick theme switcher in the gear button, allowing you to easily jump between dark and light modes. The dark setting seems to work on all the Google.com sections, like news, shopping, books, images, etc.


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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @06:23PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @06:23PM (#1177456)

    Does dark mode on OLED hurt your eyes?

  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @06:28PM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @06:28PM (#1177457)

    with OLED and other variations of LED giving us true black again, dark themes may start to make sense.
    but I don't know when it will make sense for me to give up on my 3840x2160 LCD pixels.

    by the way: even with true black, it may still be better for your eyes to use some sort of light theme (pupil size is is related to average light input, damage to cells is related to pixel intensity).

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @06:38PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @06:38PM (#1177463)

      Gray mode

      • (Score: 4, Informative) by Freeman on Monday September 13, @07:04PM (1 child)

        by Freeman (732) on Monday September 13, @07:04PM (#1177475) Journal

        Just switch to Duck Duck Go.

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        • (Score: 3, Touché) by PinkyGigglebrain on Tuesday September 14, @05:16AM

          by PinkyGigglebrain (4458) on Tuesday September 14, @05:16AM (#1177616)

          Just switch to Duck Duck Go.

          Already did :)

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    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by JoeMerchant on Monday September 13, @10:22PM (2 children)

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Monday September 13, @10:22PM (#1177517)

      Smaller pupils make depth of field longer, and therefore focus sharper for the presbyopia crowd.

      Do they also have a "big text" mode for the geezers?

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      • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @10:31PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @10:31PM (#1177520)

        for the presbyopia crowd.

        What's religion got to do with this?

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by fustakrakich on Monday September 13, @06:35PM (5 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Monday September 13, @06:35PM (#1177460) Journal

    I still wish the browser could do it right

    Now, let's go after those bastards that use light gray text on a white background

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    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @08:26PM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @08:26PM (#1177495)

      >> Now, let's go after those bastards that use light gray text on a white background

      Thet technical term is "millennials"

      • (Score: 4, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @01:00AM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @01:00AM (#1177560)

        Says the generation that created blinking text.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @02:22PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @02:22PM (#1177695)

          I know you post was a funny, I chuckled, but it wasn't a good comparison.

          The heyday of blink lasted six months, most websites never used it and ones that did quickly realized how obnoxious it is and restricted or eliminated it's use. Of course there were some websites that went blink-crazy and overused it, but soon they were on everyone's don't-go-there list. "That generation" self-corrected a bad idea.
          blink may have irritated the user, but it didn't affect usability of the website. Besides it only worked on Netscape, and soon the majority of users would soon turn to IE.

          Compare that to "my generation's" Grey Plague of grey-on-grey text & toolbars & sidebars full of all grey icons that are geometrically similar or worse, indistinct wireframes.
          Grey-on-grey has been around for a decade and shows no sign of stopping (e.g. Big Sh*t, I mean Big Sur). Most websites use it, most apps and applications implement it, everyone hates reading it due to the low contrast, but "my generation" has gone grey-on-grey insane, insists on using it and when asked why we give the lame excuse of This is the way Google does it or This is the way Apple does it.

          The Grey Plague doesn't just irritate the user, it tremendously affects usability.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @02:37PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @02:37PM (#1177702)

            The Grey Plague doesn't just irritate the user, it tremendously affects usability.

            No, I can use it just fine. I just find it irritating.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @02:23PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @02:23PM (#1177696)

      In palemoon the background to text inputs is now always black. I don't recall how or why this happened. It's ok on SN as the input text color is white. In many sites the text color is set to black. I know I can jig around to override fonts to fix it for sites but now all I want to do is disable dark mode totally in Palemoon.

  • (Score: 2) by looorg on Monday September 13, @06:45PM (3 children)

    by looorg (578) on Monday September 13, @06:45PM (#1177465)

    I prefer the Amber glow from my CRT. What is this dark mode you speak off ...

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday September 13, @08:08PM (1 child)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 13, @08:08PM (#1177489) Journal

      Don't get things started with critical race theory. It's dark enough already.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @08:18PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @08:18PM (#1177492)

        It's dark enough already.

        Redlining!

    • (Score: 1) by Acabatag on Monday September 13, @10:57PM

      by Acabatag (2885) on Monday September 13, @10:57PM (#1177529)

      Back in the 80's I had a greenscreen with really slow P39 phosper. I used it with an IBM ega card set for EGA monochrome mode. Used EGA monochrome for years up until I upgraded to paperwhite VGA. Graphical games were pretty much impossible, but there was good support for Windows 3 graphics.

  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @06:49PM (7 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @06:49PM (#1177467)

    It just doesn't work for me. I don't allow Google to save cookies on my machine. I don't login to do queries, if I happen to use G. I don't store my email with them. So I guess 'll just never see this magical dark mode.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @07:10PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @07:10PM (#1177478)

      You could rip their dark mode style sheet and apply the CSS yourself. Or use a different search engine.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by RamiK on Monday September 13, @08:08PM (3 children)

      by RamiK (1813) on Monday September 13, @08:08PM (#1177488)

      The news is that googled started a staged rollout [twitter.com] implementing the Sec-CH-Prefers-Color-Scheme header [web.dev] - probably via the css prefers-color-scheme [mozilla.org] - to everyone making dark mode available anonymously so long as your browser / system is set to dark mode and correctly delivers the request.

      The importance of the news isn't so much that you're finally getting google.com in dark mode without resorting to logging in / using extensions, but that it's gradually going to be incorporated into their "responsive" web design and mobile app guidelines as a core requirement and everyone else - CMS platforms, news sites, maybe, just maybe, soylentnews.org? - will hopefully follow and deliver white-on-black as the browser requests it.

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      • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @08:54PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @08:54PM (#1177499)

        > ... soylentnews.org? - will hopefully follow and deliver white-on-black as the browser requests it.

        Why would I want that? SN gives me lovely green text on black (VT100 mode) all the time (I'm logged in, posting AC). Traditional, and also (for me) a very restful color scheme. It's the comments that get me riled up!

        • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @10:48PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @10:48PM (#1177523)

          com ents getting you down, just thell the browser to render text all black on that vt100 scheme, then only the headlines and mods can trigger. comments are for the losers who RTFA/S/C. anyway.

        • (Score: 2) by RamiK on Monday September 13, @11:56PM

          by RamiK (1813) on Monday September 13, @11:56PM (#1177548)

          It's about a site wide default for when users aren't logged in for when their browser is set to a dark theme / their system is set to a dark theme.

          Personal account settings naturally take precedence.

          Otherwise, the issue is that different types of screens are better off with bright, dark or true black backgrounds / color schemes. Moreover, it's an accessibility issue for some people with specific eye-sight conditions.

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    • (Score: 2) by Reziac on Tuesday September 14, @02:21AM (1 child)

      by Reziac (2489) on Tuesday September 14, @02:21AM (#1177579) Homepage

      In Chrome I installed something called Dark Reader. Does a good job sanely inverting/darkening colors on most sites. When it doesn't work it's mostly due to font color statements. Naturally, one site it kinda screws up is Google Maps. But otherwise it's been quite the eyesaver.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @03:44PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @03:44PM (#1177733)

        I wonder how well it works on inverting the dark pages to light mode... that could be useful!

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Freeman on Monday September 13, @06:55PM (4 children)

    by Freeman (732) on Monday September 13, @06:55PM (#1177469) Journal

    Duck Duck Go, much more privacy friendly. Certainly better than sending all your data directly to Google/Microsoft/Apple.

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    • (Score: 3, Informative) by Freeman on Monday September 13, @06:58PM (2 children)

      by Freeman (732) on Monday September 13, @06:58PM (#1177471) Journal

      Apparently Duck Duck Go has themes too and you can choose Dark or Terminal from that list. Also, their default is gray, not blinding white. Google is a behemoth now.

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      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by corey on Monday September 13, @11:30PM

        by corey (2202) on Monday September 13, @11:30PM (#1177539)

        I’ve had it set like this (terminal theme) for a year or more. Have to allow Self-Destructing Cookies to not kill the DDG cookie though. It is great. But when I occasionally !g to Google something that DDG isn’t finding, I’m blinded.

      • (Score: 2) by Common Joe on Wednesday September 15, @06:06PM

        by Common Joe (33) <reversethis-{moc ... 1010.eoj.nommoc}> on Wednesday September 15, @06:06PM (#1178067) Journal

        What's also impressive is that you can "save the link" it gives you without logging in at all. You tell Duck Duck Go how to look, bookmark the updated link, and done.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @02:27AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @02:27AM (#1177582)

      DDG would be fine but, for me, on a regular basis it gives absolute dross for a couple of days then back to normal. Is that google fucking with them? Or do they need to reboot the Internets every so often?

  • (Score: 2) by Opportunist on Monday September 13, @06:56PM (1 child)

    by Opportunist (5545) on Monday September 13, @06:56PM (#1177470)

    It's pretty much part of my job these days that I spend a good deal of time searching stuff on Google, but even I would be surprised if the sum of all the time spent staring at the Google page is more than 10 minutes a day.

    I kinda don't think that this is a really high priority problem on my bucket list.

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by SomeGuy on Monday September 13, @07:01PM (6 children)

    by SomeGuy (5632) on Monday September 13, @07:01PM (#1177472)

    So, this "major" change just changes the color scheme around. Big honking deal.

    They are finally re-discovering the joys of a black background just like green-screen terminals and MS-DOS. The color scheme that Macintosh made "uncool" because absolutely everything had to look like a piece of paper.

    Even Microsoft Windows version 1.0 had user customizable color schemes that applications were expected to adhere to, but once teh webz came out it was magically OK to hard code every page font and background to some random eye-fucking color. (well, it's dizzying full motion video backgrounds today). If you ask me, web pages adhering to a global color scheme is something that should have been standard a long time ago.

    I suppose the main push for this is because those cheap OLED screens get burn in just like green screen CRTs.

    Aaaand, lets see if this prints a big black rectangle when I need to print something to paper.

    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Monday September 13, @07:07PM (2 children)

      by Freeman (732) on Monday September 13, @07:07PM (#1177476) Journal

      https://spreadprivacy.com/duckduckgo-search-improvements/ [spreadprivacy.com] (A 2019 update to their Dark Theme, beats me how long they've had it maybe since inception?)

      Feature: Dark Theme Refinements
      Team Member: Brian Hall

      What changes to the dark theme should users look out for?
      The most obvious thing is the beautiful new color scheme! Our talented designer Thom started this process by defining a color palette that was optimized for readability. This allowed us to establish a consistent visual hierarchy where we can subtly call out important areas of the search results pages like our Instant Answers without distracting from the rest of the text on the page.

      What was the reasoning behind the changes?
      We love our dark theme, and we know that many of you do as well, so we wanted to give it a refresh to match many of the improvements we've been making to our default theme. With several web browsers introducing support for detecting the OS theme preferences, we thought the timing was perfect!

      I have my OS set to dark mode. Will DuckDuckGo detect that?
      Absolutely! If you're using the default light theme, DuckDuckGo will match your OS theme automatically! If you've selected a different theme (or have customized your theme) you can open the settings dropdown on the SERP and click the theme that matches your OS theme, and DuckDuckGo will begin matching your OS theme automatically moving forward.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @10:49PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @10:49PM (#1177525)

        "Our talented designer Thom..."

        Pretty sure you do not need talent to make a dark mode.
        Just go negative and play with the contrast on text elements with color...what is hard about that?

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @02:30AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @02:30AM (#1177583)

          Sacrilege! Next you'll be saying the UX Team for gnome3 were noobs that never used an actual full screen computer.

    • (Score: 2) by istartedi on Monday September 13, @09:19PM (2 children)

      by istartedi (123) on Monday September 13, @09:19PM (#1177505) Journal

      A thousand times this. Whenever the topic comes up, it just blows me away that it's considered a major feature when the web isn't even supposed to work this way in the first place. Remember the good old days when content and presentation were two different things, and the user had some control over presentation? I don't have the old stuff lying around, but I'm pretty sure background color was a setting on Netscape betas.

      So like, get off my lawn and congratulations for making a big deal out of returning our ability to change a few simple settings? No. I'm just laughing and/or shaking my head at what "technology" has become.

      What next? Dim mode? *reaches over for little wheel on old monitor*.

      • (Score: 2) by Reziac on Tuesday September 14, @02:24AM (1 child)

        by Reziac (2489) on Tuesday September 14, @02:24AM (#1177580) Homepage

        Netscape had settings to use site colors, or system colors. I used system colors and that turned all the glare white to my nice relaxing grey.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @09:06AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @09:06AM (#1177644)

          If you really want to relax you want the Joo Janta 200 colour scheme.

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @07:59PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @07:59PM (#1177483)

    I hate dark mode. Stupid apps that default to dark mode, and have a "light mode" option that doesn't work everywhere. I want my screen to look like paper. If it's too bright, I have this funky thing called a brightness control!

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by RedGreen on Monday September 13, @10:39PM

      by RedGreen (888) on Monday September 13, @10:39PM (#1177521)

      You are not the only one, I find those web pages that are dark in their colours so damn hard to read, they are useless most times. I usually hit the back button and see if I can find the information elsewhere.

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    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @02:32AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @02:32AM (#1177584)

      > I want my screen to look like paper.

      What color?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @02:42PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 14, @02:42PM (#1177703)

        I want my screen to look like paper.
        What color?

        Well DUH, white or whitish of course. You know, the color of paper that is used in newspapers, magazines, books, notebooks, reports, essays, and printers.
        In other words, the color of paper used for items that we READ!

  • (Score: 2) by srobert on Monday September 13, @08:07PM (1 child)

    by srobert (4803) on Monday September 13, @08:07PM (#1177487)

    There are several extensions for doing dark mode with the browser. I've tried a few and settled on Midnight Lizard. Even if google.com offers a dark mode, I'll likely just stick with what I have.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by dx3bydt3 on Tuesday September 14, @09:22PM

      by dx3bydt3 (82) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday September 14, @09:22PM (#1177864)

      I like Dark Reader, it works in Firefox and Chrome, allows you to tweak it by site. It can be enabled by default, so you don't get a blast of blinding white when browsing to a new site. Besides that I also use Stylus, and have created custom dark themes for a few sites, SoylentNews included.

  • (Score: 1, Offtopic) by aristarchus on Monday September 13, @08:59PM

    by aristarchus (2645) on Monday September 13, @08:59PM (#1177500) Journal

    Not sure how much more extreme STEM on the front page I can handle. Has anyone covered Windows 11 wallpapers and ringtones, yet?

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @10:02PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, @10:02PM (#1177514)

    #BLM and all, but I can't wait to see what their UX geniuses come up with when Chinamen become the cause of the day.

  • (Score: 0, Redundant) by Acabatag on Monday September 13, @10:48PM (2 children)

    by Acabatag (2885) on Monday September 13, @10:48PM (#1177524)

    To set this preference, do I have to 'log in' to Google? Because I never log in to Google on a browser that I actually use for anything. I have gmail on the phone which I check every few days, otherwise I actively avoid google. It is blocked on the desktop with noscript.

    • (Score: 2, Touché) by bart9h on Tuesday September 14, @01:07AM (1 child)

      by bart9h (767) on Tuesday September 14, @01:07AM (#1177563)

      if you hate google that much, why do you still use their search? duckduckgo is just one of the alternatives..

      • (Score: 1) by Acabatag on Friday September 17, @02:09AM

        by Acabatag (2885) on Friday September 17, @02:09AM (#1178468)

        Google's search is more powerful because of the reach of their tentacles but yes, I mostly use DDG.

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