The Google Maps app is getting a true dark mode, at least on Android. The company announced today that it is finally widely releasing the dark theme option that it’s been testing in the app since September 2020.
The dark mode, which takes things much further than the previously available night mode color option, will be accessible in the app’s settings menu, under “theme.”
Google announced the dark mode rollout as part of a batch of new features coming to Android, including some updates to Android Auto. In addition to custom wallpapers, Android Auto is now going to feature games as well. Trivia Crack, Jeopardy!, Song Quiz, and Google’s own Are You Feeling Lucky? will be available. The games can be accessed through the assistant by saying “Hey Google, play a game.”
Android Auto is also getting a split-screen feature that will put Maps side by side with media controls, much like what Apple started doing in CarPlay in iOS 13 in 2019. (Though this feature will only be available in cars with wider displays.) Google is adding shortcuts to the Android Auto launch screen, too, which will allow for quick access to weather or setting your home thermostat.
The Android Auto features will be available “in the coming days” on phones running Android 6.0 and above in compatible cars. Google Maps dark mode will roll out “soon.”