Google’s hugely-popular Chrome OS software is getting a new dark mode option that will automatically convert all webpages into the gloomier appearance, which is designed to make late-night viewing easier on the eyes – as well as boost battery life on devices with OLED displays.
For those unfamiliar, Chrome OS is the operating system that powers Chromebooks.
It leverages the Google Chrome web browser, the most popular on the planet, as its user interface for working on documents, to playback media, and access your online and offline files. Android apps can also be loaded onto the operating system.
While it has previously been possible to enable a dark mode appearance using a Google-designed browser extension – or one created by a third-party, the forthcoming update builds the functionality directly into the operating system itself.
Early versions of the software struggled to convert the colours and fonts, while keeping the whole thing legible and not blowing out images.
However, Google appears to be making good progress with the feature.
According to writer Gabriel Brangers at ChromeUnboxed, who meticulously trawls through the latest beta builds to analyse Chrome OS changes,