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Twitter’s ‘Lights Out’ Dark Mode Could Be Coming to Android by Mid-September

Lights Out is already available for iOS and desktop users.

Twitter’s ‘Lights Out’ Dark Mode Could Be Coming to Android by Mid-September

The Lights Out mode for iOS rolled out earlier this year

  • 'Lights Out’ is Twitter’s full dark mode
  • The dark mode will allow phone with OLED screens to conserve battery
  • Its development is on track for a mid-September release

With a lot of smartphones now sporting OLED screens and the users generally preferring dark backgrounds, many apps have rolled out dark modes, including Twitter. The micro-blogging service has a type of dark mode available for all of its popular clients, which makes the background a dark shade of blue. There is also a full dark mode for Twitter, called ‘Lights Out', which is currently available for iOS and the desktop web version of the service. Lights Out mode could now be coming to Android as soon as mid-September.

The mode is said to be on track to ship for Android by mid-September, according to a tweet by Dantley Davis, vice president of design and research at Twitter. No other information on the mode is available for now, but it's to be assumed that it's well into its development phase. Lights Out was made available for iOS users in March this year, offering users the option to have a fully black background in the app.

There are a number of advantages to having an all-black background, particularly for smartphones with OLED screens. These screens are able to switch off individual pixels to display true black when needed, and therefore save considerable battery life as pixels displaying black don't need to be powered. If you spend a lot of time using the Twitter app, using ‘Lights Out' will considerably improve battery life. A lot of users also prefer a fully dark mode that is considerably easier on the eyes.

Newer iOS devices, including the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, all use OLED screens, and benefit from the Lights Out mode. A growing number of Android smartphones also have OLED screens, and would similarly be able to benefit from such a mode. Lights Out is also available on the new desktop web interface for Twitter, which rolled out earlier this month.


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Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at alip@ndtv.com, so do send in ...More
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