Google Podcasts gets a dark theme on Android
The new system-wide dark mode is arguably one of the most popular features in Android 10. The built-in dark mode completely transforms the UI and it also enables a dark theme in supported third-party apps. Several Google apps also come with support for the new dark theme and over the last couple of months the company has released dark mode support to even more apps. Apps like the Google Play Store, Gmail, Google Photos, Google Fit, Google Play Books, etc. have already received support for the new dark theme. And now, the Google Podcasts app is the latest to join the club.
Several users on Reddit have reported seeing a new dark mode in the latest release of Google Podcasts (v126.96.36.1996384425). As with other Google apps, the new dark theme in Google Podcasts brings a complete refresh with everything from the homepage to the settings getting a dark background and light text. The player has also received a dark background with contrasty accents for the buttons and progress bar. However, the dark theme currently isn’t available to all users and I wasn’t able to trigger it on my Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro even with the latest update installed.
Some users in the Reddit thread suggest that the dark mode can only be enabled if you’re enrolled in the Google app beta program, while others claim that the dark mode was rolled out as part of a server-side update. While it isn’t exactly clear how the new dark mode can be enabled in Google Podcasts right now, it’s safe to assume that it should automatically roll out to all users over the next couple of days. You can download the latest version of the app from the link down below and check to see if the dark mode has been enabled on your device.