Google dark mode comes to desktop devices.
Over the last two years, the dark mode has become popular in different services, applications, and even operating systems. While Google had already activated it for some of its platforms and apps such as YouTube, Gmail, or Chrome itself, it had yet to be seen on its most popular page: Google Search. Now it is slowly arriving for some users.
The dark mode is now appearing for some users in what appears to be an A/B test by Google. That is, they are showing it in different variables for some users to see what their reaction is and how to improve the final design of the dark mode.
The dark theme in Google Search is as it was expected to be: An almost black bluish-gray tone for the background, letters in a light gray close to white, and links in a dark, muted blue. Overall, a color palette that reduces the use of brightness and allows for more comfortable viewing in low-light conditions.
There doesn’t seem to be any way to force the dark mode to appear in search results. Google seems to be activating it completely randomly. For those who have it activated, they must be in a dark mode on the operating system and go into incognito mode on Google.
If it is activated with the aforementioned preconditions, it is possible to modify the preferences from the Google Search settings. There we can choose whether to activate it by default with the rest of the operating system, always activate it, or never activate it. Anyway, for the moment, regardless of what is chosen, the dark mode disappears and appears randomly.
— Ru Chern Chong (@ruchernchong) February 10, 2021
Welcome to the Google Dark Mode
Whether or not it is as good as it is promoted, the truth is that the dark mode has gradually been establishing itself in the most popular consumer devices. We have it on iOS, we have it on Android, we have it on Windows 10 and we have it on macOS as operating systems. But we also have it in Chrome, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, or Instagram among some apps and platforms.
The big problem with the dark mode is the inconsistency that can occur when not all the system is adapted or does not do it correctly. This happens for example with web pages, documents, or emails among others, that even if the system is in dark mode, these third-party items do not have the dark mode. On the other hand, a bad design and choice of colors for dark mode can lead to worse accessibility, a lack of clear message, or misunderstandings in the usability of the product. If Google is taking all this time, it is because it is very clear how carefully a dark mode should be designed.