While we’re still patiently expecting the long-awaited dark theme on Chrome OS to finally arrive in the Stable Channel for Chromebooks, there’s no doubt that dark themes are here to stay across not only operating systems, but applications and web services as well. While it felt a bit like a passing fad in the beginning, many users (like myself) have come to enjoy dark theme elements not only for the battery savings on certain OLED-toting devices, but also for the general aesthetic it provides and the non-eye-searing experience you get when viewing screens in dimmer lighting situations.
It seems Google is hopping on board as well with their primary web property: Google Search. At this point, only a small group of users are seeing this change, but it falls in line with what Google has done on other web properties like YouTube, YouTube Music, YouTube TV, and Google Keep. The white elements turn black or a very dark gray, dark text is lightened, and certain color elements get a black and white treatment. For the search results page, this isn’t a huge deal to get up and running, but it’s a nice addition to a spot on the internet we all visit with great frequency.
Right now, this is clearly an A/B test as only few users have encountered the change and even the one who posted the screenshot above has already lost the feature. This isn’t odd for Google at all and we’d expect in the coming weeks we’ll see the official arrival of yet another Google property with an automatically-switching theme from light to dark, depending on your device’s settings.
VIA: 9to5 Google